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Dollar stores: A treasure trove of materials for teaching science!

Written by Jacqui on May 31st, 2018.      0 comments

What can you find at your local discount store?

Join Jacqui on a shopping trip to look for inexpensive teaching materials for your next science lesson. Cheap finds and science experiment hacks in this week's blog!

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Daiso water beads various colours
Thrifty science resource ideas!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, scied, STEM , teaching

Grant applications open for National Science Week!

Written by Jacqui on March 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Need funding for National Science Week 2018?

11- 19th August is National Science week! Planning on running an event for your students? Would love to see STEM activities for your kids to attend in your community? Grant applications have opened to all Australian schools, don't miss out!

White background black outline of light bulb, national science week 2018
Be prepared for Science Week!


Podcast: Educational Leadership

Written by Ben Newsome on December 10th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 31 of the FizzicsEd podcast

The Science Teachers Association of NSW exists to help teachers from all years and from all school types to learn from each other and to share best practice. This week we’re joined by Margaret Shepherd, president of STANSW and lecturer in science education, who shares her thoughts on educational leadership and the huge variety of experiments that can be used to grab the hearts and minds of students.

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Margaret Shepherd from STANSW
Collaboration & relationships matter!

Podcast: Live from the Innovation Games

Written by Ben Newsome on August 24th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 16 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Time for a different sort of podcast episode! This time we bring you to the Innovation Games where the last day of National Science Week finished with a bang in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday! 4000 members of the public were able to explore drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, wildlife displays, fossils, science toys, cognitive puzzles, indigenous science, sports science and much more...

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Innovation games logo
Some of the highlights of the science festival!
Teaching Topics: events, podcasts, scicomm, scied , STEM

Innovation Games rock Sydney Olympic Park!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

A science bonanza at Sydney Olympic Park!

The last day of National Science Week finished with a bang in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday! With help from Federal Government via Inspiring Australia and the NSW State Government, the Innovation games concluded the Sydney Science Festival with flare as more than 20 captivating STEM providers descended on Cathy Freeman Park to bring science to the public. From autonomous cars & drones to discussions on the mathematics of zombie outbreaks and how to counter mosquito infestations, western Sydney celebrated scientific innovation & creative thinking with over 4000 attendees!

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Innovation games logo
Celebrating innovation and STEM!

Teaching Topics: events, kids , outreach , scicomm, scied, STEM

Podcast: The Museum of Human Disease… biology teaching at its best

Written by Ben Newsome on August 20th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 15 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Hidden in the heart of UNSW is the Museum of Human Disease, a fascinating site filled with over 3000 unique specimens for students study and for the public to check out. Recently named one of the city’s treasures by the Sydney Morning Herald, the museum is part of the school of medical sciences and provides information to the public about health, disease, human anatomy and biology. Visitors will see and learn about various infectious, genetic and lifestyle-related diseases. The Director for the Museum, Derek Williamson, takes us behind the scenes to learn more about how the museum is now educating people globally.

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Derek Williamson
Making human biology come alive!

Podcast: Less screen time & more STEM at the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Michigan

Written by Ben Newsome on August 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 13 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Learning by doing is by far the best way for kids to learn skills for life. At the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, the Corrina Strecker and the team have created an immersive STEM environment that captures kid’s imaginations and teaches families valuable lessons in creativity, exploration and collaboration. From interactive water play through to Halloween slime sessions, Corrina and the team at Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum know how to grab a kid’s attention. Let’s get a little messy!

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Corrina Strecker from Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
Putting the A in STEM!

Pairing students & teachers in TPL for the win!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 31st, 2017.      0 comments

Shared experiences = accelerated learning!

The ability to see students interact with a lesson is often times the BEST way to see if a given lesson will actually work or not and lately we couldn't agree more! Recently we worked with Condell Park Public School in Sydney, who had gone to a massive effort to arrange teachers and students from surrounding schools to join us for a full day of Lego Robotics TPL. Find out how it went!

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Robot at Condell Park TPL session
Collaboration is the key!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, robotics , scied , STEM, teaching

Essential components of a STEAM lesson

Written by Ben Newsome on July 20th, 2017.      0 comments

It all about the Engineering Design Process!

When it comes to teaching kids about the design process in the real works, nothing beats a STEAM lesson (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics all meshed together). Students love a project-based lesson where they can explore their creativity to solve challenges using materials in new and interesting ways. There are many ways to create a STEAM lesson, however, the best lessons often have a number of common components that make the students outcomes shine. Consider these steps as part of your next STEAM lesson planning!

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soldering circuits
Students getting creative!


Beyond the volcano: vinegar and bicarb soda experiments for the classroom!

Written by Jacqui on May 21st, 2017.      0 comments

What else can you teach with vinegar and bicarb soda?

Got some vinegar and bicarbonate soda leftover from making a volcano? Need a quick and easy science experiment or demonstration to do with your students, using only what you've got in the pantry? We've compiled a list of fun stuff you can do with these two common ingredients, and the science you could be teaching with them!

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Boy pouring bicarbonate soda mix into volcano
Twists on this classic science experiment!


Ideas for teaching creativity in STEM lessons

Written by Ben Newsome on May 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Get creative!

Sparking creativity in students in some ways is not a challenge, kids are naturally creative regardless of their background. As such weaving some creative aspects into your next STEM lesson will definitely be welcomed in your classroom! There many ways to approach this, however the following ideas can guide the development of a great lesson that students will remember.

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Paper plane making
Let them create stuff!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scicomm, scied , STEM, teaching

Our most popular science teaching ideas of 2016

Written by Ben Newsome on March 18th, 2017.      0 comments

So many science teaching ideas!

Recently we were asked about which of our science teaching articles have been the most popular for teachers. No problem! In this article we list 10 of the most shared teaching articles we wrote in 2016. Some of the articles are fantastic for K-12 teaching whilst others are more specialized, however all of them can be handy to have in the back of your mind whilst integrating STEM in your classroom.

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Fizzics science blog
Science ideas worth sharing


Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scicomm, scied , STEM, teaching

6 tips for teaching students to create awesome science posters

Written by Ben Newsome on March 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Grab the attention!

Presenting the context to students doesn't just have to be as part of an assessment component; the ability to create a science poster is an important skill for scientists wishing to summarize their research findings at conferences to attract discussion or even win funding for further research! So with this in mind, the following lists some ideas that students can use to help out their thoughts together...

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Microbes poster at Mt Keira Demonstration School
Make it fun!

Teaching Topics: Art, edchat, scicomm , scied , STEM, teaching

How to teach classification with simple stuff

Written by Ben Newsome on December 5th, 2016.      0 comments

Teaching kids to sort things logically

So you want to teach your students how biologists classify organisms but you're a bit short of materials to use? Get creative! You don't have to have a bunch of museum quality specimens on hand to teach kids how to group things based on similarities. There are plenty of things you could use, even if they have nothing to do with living things!

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Pile of Lego
Lego® can teach Biology!

Teaching Topics: biology, edchat, education, scied , STEM , teaching

Ideas for setting up a primary science room

Written by Ben Newsome on November 28th, 2016.      0 comments

Making science accessible & fun

Engaging kids in science can be a breeze if you prepare the right environment. Normally in most primary schools there just isn't enough space for a room like this but in this case the school had definitely done a great job in making the most of it!

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Primary science classroom exploratory material
An inviting room for students!

Teaching Topics: club , edchat, education , scied, STEM, teaching

The value of DIY skills for science educators

Written by Ben Newsome on October 26th, 2016.      0 comments

Why DIY skills are valuable in science class

Being able to apply DIY skills to science education is an incredibly useful skill to have! In this post we look at how the ability to fix and create apparatus and science projects can help in a busy science education faculty.

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Drop saw cutting metal
Time to get handy!

Teaching Topics: edtech, education, scicomm , scied , STEM , teaching

10 TED talks on science teaching to check out

Written by Ben Newsome on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

TED talks that grab your attention!

Love teaching science? Want get more inspired? Why not listen to these awesome people talking about the way they teach science & imaginative thinking via some TED talks? These people are fascinating to listen to and in many ways embody the essence of great teaching practice. From turning trash into science toys to meshing art & STEM together, these speakers make you want to change the face of education.

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Inspiring minds sharing ideas 

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, scicomm, scied , STEM , teaching

How to improve school communication using Slack

Written by Ben Newsome on August 10th, 2016.      0 comments

Be less busy; Slack's tagline says it all!

Anyone who thinks that a school is easy to run most likely hasn't worked in one! It's no wonder teachers have little time to eat their lunch considering the never-ending list of demands placed on them.Thankfully there are many education apps that can make all the above much easier to deal with and one that just might change the game in your staff room could be Slack. This messaging app exploded onto the scene as a solution for busy teams... perhaps this might be a game-changer in your school?

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Reduce email & text clutter in your school

Teaching Topics: Apps, edtech, education , scied , teaching

Amusement arcade STEM - game on!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 26th, 2016.      0 comments

Roll up, roll up!

Science & math learning opportunities can be found in the most unlikely places! Amongst the predictable driving games and shoot 'em ups you can still find some old favourites that can illustrate some concepts in your classroom, you just have to aim the lesson at the right level.

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Two Skeeball ramps showing the score clock
Science for young and old

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , kids, scied , STEM, teaching

Create a class STEM pitchfest just like Shark Tank!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

Students... pitch me your ideas!

The business pitching TV show Shark Tank and it's competitor Dragon's Den have certainly captured the public's imagination in the past year or so. Why not take this idea into your science classroom and create a STEM pitch fest? Not only will it be fun to see what your students come up with but the students will learn multiple skills:

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Creating a class STEM pitch fest
Teach the art of persuasion

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scicomm , scied, STEM, teaching

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