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Podcast: Adventure Learning with the Bookend Trust

Written by Ben Newsome on August 20th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 62 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wanted to go on an adventure? Well, Andrew Hughes from the Bookend Trust does this for a living and through Expedition Class he inspires student young and old to learn more about our environment & our heritage. From hiking the wilds of Tasmania to sea kayaking around Papua New Guinea, Andrew takes adventure learning for students to another level!

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Andrew hughes camped in upper florentine

Inspiring kids to learn about the outdoors
 

Dipnetting for the National Waterbug Blitz!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

Contributing to the nation's knowledge

It doesn't matter whether you are young or young at heart, you can help ecologist's understanding of the health of our waterways by participating in the National Waterbug Blitz! So, pop on your gumboots and wade on in :)

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Dipnetting for Australian Waterbug Blitz
Citizen science for all ages!

 

Podcast: DigitalEd & the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Written by Ben Newsome on July 18th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 59 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Bringing students into the great outdoors offers them the opportunity to enjoy and discovery unique natural environments through meaningful, quality and fun educational experiences. Listen in to hear the latest updates from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Education Team about how they inspire students and teachers to get outdoors and connect with nature.

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National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW logo

It's all about connecting learners to the outdoors
 

Hot Topic: Volcanoes!

Written by Jacqui on June 16th, 2018.      0 comments

Things to learn from Mt. Kilauea's eruption!

Are your students currently working through their module on natural disasters? With the ongoing eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, now is a great time to talk about volcanoes if you haven't already!

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Volcano aerial view kilauea
Volcano facts and current events!

Teaching Topics: edchat, environment , scicomm, teaching
 

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
 

Plastics and Us

Written by Jacqui on May 17th, 2018.      0 comments

Why does plastic have such a bad rep?

The invention of synthetic plastics has led to great leaps and bounds for technological progress and our society. This week we look at the chemistry of plastics and the global shift towards reducing plastic usage!

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Plastics are everywhere!

 

Podcast: Student STEM tours with Latitude Group Travel

Written by Ben Newsome on February 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 40 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wanted to bring students to the where the science is actually happening? Jenny Murphy and the team at Latitude Group Travel do exactly that, creating extraordinary student STEM travel experiences to sites across Australia and around the globe. From taking students to high profile sites such as CERN & NASA through to field trips to the Great Barrier Reef & more, Latitude Group Travel have created a fantastic offering for schools wanting to expand their student's horizons!

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Latitude Group Tours STEM visit
Life-changing STEM tours!
Teaching Topics: environment, outdoors , podcasts, scicomm , STEM
 

Podcast: Reef HQ Aquarium & enviroED

Written by Ben Newsome on January 28th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 38 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Craig McGrogan, an incredibly dedicated environmental educator at ReefHQ who for many years has run science workshops, citizen science and ecotourism programs in the heart of tropical north QLD. ReefHQ is the National Education Center for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority whose mission is to inspire everyone to protect and conserve the world's largest reef system. We chat about the educational school programs on offer, how tertiary students from across the globe can engage in real science on the reef itself as well as their multi-award-winning distance education program and more!

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Scuba diver with a camera on a reef
Underwater science up close!
 

Visit National parks using Google Street View!

Written by Ben Newsome on November 19th, 2017.      0 comments

Take a walk on the wild side!

Planning a bush walk and not too sure what to expect? Why not get trail-side using Google Street View? A couple of years ago, NSW National Parks & Wildlife partnered with Google to use the Trekker, a backpack-mounted 360-degree camera and GPS system that allowed NPWS officers to walk popular as well as more inaccessible national park trails to capture the trail as it really looks!

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Coast walk Royal National Park
Explore the great outdoors!

Teaching Topics: biology , edtech, environment, outdoors
 

Podcast: Field studies at Sydney Olympic Park

Written by Ben Newsome on November 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 27 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Just across from the mangroves in Sydney Olympic Park is an education center designed to help students to discover more about their environment. We caught up with Danielle Leggo, who as the education coordinator at SOPA has very much had the opportunity to see first-hand the positive impact that biological field studies and nature walks can bring to kids from urban centers.

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Danielle Leggo
Getting kids into nature!
 

Podcast: Neil Bramsen on the importance of primary science education

Written by Ben Newsome on October 29th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 25 of the FizzicsEd podcast

We speak with Neil Bramsen, recent winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and Assistant Principal at Mt Ousley Public School in NSW. From students counting birds for citizen science to using drones & robotics, Neil’s passion for STEM clearly shines through!

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Neil Bramsen in front of a window
Primary Science Matters!
 

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!
 

Things kids can learn about the environment whilst kayaking

Written by Ben Newsome on February 13th, 2017.      0 comments

Science in a kayak!

Taking the kids kayaking out on the local lake, dam or creek not only gives them something to do away from the screen, it also brings a perfect chance to teach them about the environment whilst getting active!  So with this in mind, what can kids learn about the environment whilst in a kayak?

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Green Kayak at Lake Parramatta
You better believe that's a paddlin'!

Teaching Topics: edchat , environment, outdoors, STEM, teaching
 

Ideas for citizen science for your students

Written by Ben Newsome on August 30th, 2016.      2 comments

Help scientists, help the world

The rise of citizen science projects has helped working scientists extend their reach through simply having more people on the ground contributing to data. Joining in citizen science projects not only teaches your students scientific thinking, it also teaches them to care for their world and create lasting links with responsible citizens working to make a difference. 

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Water scoops in Centennial Parklands
Students can contribute too

 

Lesson ideas to use in your school garden for STEM

Written by Ben Newsome on August 18th, 2016.      0 comments

Get your green thumb on!

Students absolutely love getting their hands dirty in the garden. The traditional school garden offers a great chance to not only teach students about growing and caring for plants but also the importance of biodiversity, how agricultural science impacts their everyday lives and even local culture & customs. Lets look at how you can put science into your school garden...

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School vegetable plots
A chance to get students outdoors

 

Lessons & learnings when taking students on bushwalks

Written by Ben Newsome on February 11th, 2016.      0 comments

The great outdoors offers so many learning opportunities for students! Taking them outside your classroom is your chance to inspire them to understand their local environment and to take notice of the world around them. 

The following briefly lists some of the teaching opportunities that you might discover when you head up that mountain trail:

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Lachlan swamp bushwalk

Head into the wild!

 
 

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