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Podcast: Youth Eco Summit

Written by Ben Newsome on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 55 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Very much a fixture of the school excursion calendar, the Youth Eco Summit is a major environmental education festival held in Sydney Olympic Park. In 2018, the summit will include student drama, film, music, debate, TED-style talks and global video exchanges. Find out more!

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Youth Eco Summit

Inspiring sustainability for future generations
 

Podcast: California Academy of Sciences Virtual Field Trips

Written by Ben Newsome on April 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 51 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Virtual science field trips can transport students to any point around the globe in real time. Today we speak with Jacque Benitez, a distance learning science specialist for the California Academy of Sciences. From running programs on astronomy through to penguins, Jacque knows how to engage remote audiences with real-time experiences about their world.

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Jacque Benitez from California Academy of Sciences

Connecting learners globally
 

Podcast: STEAM at the Museum of the Riverina

Written by Ben Newsome on March 25th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 46 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Students creating museums exhibitions? Love it! In this episode we speak with Sam Leah who is working on "STEAM the Museum", a project where an opportunity class from Sturt Public School are working to create an interpretative robotic display that will tell the story the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Wagga Wagga, NSW. From meshing coding & the arts together to designing interpretative displays, this project is all about students making history come alive.

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Samantha Leah
Inspiring students in the museum!
 

Podcast: Student fossil digs & more at Kronosaurus Korner

Written by Ben Newsome on March 11th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 44 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Museum Curator and Interpretive Manager Michelle Johnston drops by to chat about the growing educational opportunities being offered at Kronosaurus Korner, a working museum with nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens from Richmond and the surrounding areas of northwestern Queensland. From public fossil digs to distance education, Michelle takes us through some of her learnings from her Churchill Fellowship in palaeobiology and remote palaeotourism.

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Kronosaurus Korner
Ancient fossils in outback QLD!
 

Podcast: How the ASTC helps science centers shine!

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

Episode 22 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Even the best science & technology centers in the world need a support network. Ann Hernandez drops by to discuss how the Association of Science-Technology Centers helps over 600 members across 50 countries make their exhibitions even more interactive and engaging than ever for ages young and old.  

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Ann Hernandez from the ASTC
Helping science centers shine!
 

Educhange 2017 wrap up - Part 2!

Written by Jacqui on September 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Fizzics at Educhange 2017!

The Fizzics Education team sets up shop in the beautiful Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building today, geared up to meet people and share our passion for doing awesome science stuff! Follow our blog posts to check out the cool people we've heard from and chatted to as well as keeping up with the shenanigans we get up to at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building!

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Ben from Fizzics telling a group of girls and women a story
Doing awesome science stuff!

 

Podcast: Establishing a bone museum in regional QLD

Written by Ben Newsome on September 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 19 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Deb and Jaimie Cook, two highly motivated educators who are putting together the Gympie Bone Museum Project in QLD. This is on top of running two successful STEM businesses in Dissection Connection and RockHoundZ. So much science, so little time!

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Deb and Jaimie Cook
Supporting regional QLD!
 

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: What you can discover at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Written by Ben Newsome on August 13th, 2017.      3 comments

Episode 14 of the FizzicsEd podcast

A botanic garden is more than just a collection of pretty flowers; they’re a living laboratory used by botanists, plant pathologists, historians, geologists, students and more. In this podcast Mary Bell tells us how students can learn about our landscapes, vegetation and heritage whilst visiting one of Australia’s premier outdoor spaces. From the science of chocolate to plant collections created by Sir Joseph Banks, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is certainly thriving in the heart of the city.

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Mary Bell from Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Making botany rock!
 

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!
 

Podcast: Teaching STEM lessons using maritime history

Written by Ben Newsome on July 30th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 12 of the FizzicsEd podcast

From shipwrecks & salvage to ship engines and sails, the maritime heritage of every country affords a context that students of all ages can relate to. We chat with Anne Doran, an education officer at the Australian National Maritime Museum and find out how her background as a teacher librarian and gallery attendant has helped her craft marine science lessons that grab student’s imagination. From oceanography to exhibits on the evacuation of Pompeii, Australia’s premier maritime museum is certainly an interesting place to visit… let’s dive in!

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Anne Doran from Australian National Maritime Museum
Taking students on voyage of discovery!
 

Podcast: How volunteering for museums opens doors & deepens knowledge

Written by Ben Newsome on July 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 8 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Getting a gig at a major science museum can be highly competitive. We chat with Karen Player, Manager for Museum Outreach at the Australian Museum, who began her museum career in 1998 when she began volunteering on the museum floor. Plus we look at what it was like as an early career science presenter and discuss her current work with the Museum in a Box program, delivering science outreach events as well as the highs & lows of teaching classes via video conferencing.

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Karen Player from Australian Museum

From volunteer to outreach extraordinaire!
 

Podcast: What to know when putting together science festivals

Written by Ben Newsome on June 7th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 4 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Vanessa Barratt is a highly experienced science teacher and who has also worked for a variety of sites such as the Australian Museum, London’s Natural History Museum, Taronga Zoo and more. Her current role as a science communicator with Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden has seen her put on major science festivals such as Science in the Swamp in Centennial Parklands and Jurassic Garden in Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan. We discuss what it’s really like to put together a science festival that people will want to attend and lessons she’s learned whilst working closely with scientists to help them engage with the public.

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Vanessa Barratt teaching in Shenzhen (child holding paint roller and toilet paper with vanessa using a leafblower to make the toilet paper fly)
Taking science to the public!
 

Podcast: The importance of scientific literacy & student-led project-based learning

Written by Ben Newsome on May 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 2 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Isabelle Kingsley, a former science teacher who now heads up the Sydney Science Festival as well as adult programming at the Museum of Applied Arts Museum in Sydney. I In this episode we talk about the importance of scientific literacy and value of allowing students to explore their learning through guided long term science projects.

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Isabelle Kingsley
Improving scientific literacy!

 
 

Podcast: Why establishing science clubs for preschoolers works

Written by Ben Newsome on May 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 1 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Adam Selinger from the Children’s Discovery Museum in Wollongong discusses why establishing science clubs in libraries for children under 5 years old through the Little Bang Discovery Club has been such a success. We also chat about the importance of allowing kids to guide their own learning and experience failures when exploring science experiments and maker space challenges.

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Adam Selinger podcast picture: Adam helping a little girl walk across a log
Helping preschoolers learn!
 

Science for kids at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Written by Ben Newsome on April 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

Biology in the heart of the city

Taking kids around the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney can offer so many learning opportunities! This week we completed another round of kids holiday science programs at the Maiden Theatre in the gardens and we couldn't help but incorporate a guided walk as part of the biology workshop we were running. So, with camera in-hand we took photos and discussed a number of things with the kids about the science all around them. It's such a fantastic open space in the heart of Sydney, we reckon you'd love to find out more about this place too!

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Red flower
Botany on show!

Teaching Topics: biology, edchat, kids , museums , outdoors, STEM, teaching
 

USS Intrepid: Combining science & history for virtual excursions

Written by Ben Newsome on June 27th, 2014.      0 comments

After a fantastic visit to New York Hall of Science my Churchill fellowship continued on toward Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum Complex in Manhattan.

Approaching the World War II aircraft carrier from the heart of Hells Kitchen t I couldn’t help but be excited to learn the history of the vessel and see the variety of aircraft on the flight deck. USS Intrepid was launched in 1943 and saw active service in World War II and Vietnam as well used for recovery operations for the NASA Gemini program. During World War II the carrier was survived by 5 kamikaze attacks and 1 torpedo strike as it participated in operations across the Pacific.

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USS-Intrepid
USS Intrepid
 

CNYRIC: Championing the use of VC for New York Schools

Written by Ben Newsome on June 24th, 2014.      0 comments

With a short flight out of New York I dropped into Syracuse to visit the Central New York Regional Information Center (CYNRIC), an entity that serves as educational support for 50 school districts and four Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) across eight counties in the central region of New York State. 

Everything from technology integration, flipped learning consultancy to digital media loans is covered plus in addition to this they help schools get connected with video conferencing equipment and help teachers learn how to use VC in a variety of situations.

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With Amy & little 'RIC'
 

nySci: Bringing science to remote students

Written by Ben Newsome on June 24th, 2014.      0 comments

After zipping across to CYNRIC in Syracuse I dropped into the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.

Also known as NYSCI, the museum was established as part of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair near the banks of the East River. Finding the museum is easy, just keep an eye out for the Mercury Atlas-D and Gemini Titan II Rockets poking above the surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

On entry to the museum you are greeted with a new tinkering area where kids can build, create and manipulate all sorts of objects to solve engineering problems or simply to have fun!

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Maker space at New York Hall of Science
 

International Spy Museum; covert distance learning!

Written by Ben Newsome on June 20th, 2014.      0 comments

Ever wanted to be a secret agent? Got a hankering to live a double life? Well this leg of my Churchill Fellowship found me at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to find out all about the life of spies and how classrooms across the world have experienced this content presented via video conference.

I must admit, this visit intrigued me as the educational content presented is completely unique; where else can you see a real spy gadgets or talk with an ex-CIA case officer about life as an agent? 

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Spy concealment deveices
 
 

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