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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: Flame Challenge!

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

Episode 30 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Since 2012 the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science has been running a global competition called The Flame Challenge’. Here, scientists from around the world compete to create a compelling visual or written explanation for a scientific concept, whereby entries are judged by thousands of 11-year-old children! In this episode we chat with Johanna Howes, the visual submission winner of the 2017 question ‘What is Energy’, where we learn why its so important to make your explanation understandable, interesting and entertaining

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Johanna Howes
What is Energy?
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, scicomm, teaching
 

Podcast: Making Science Engaging

Written by Ben Newsome on November 25th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 29 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Dr Simon Crook, Founder of CrookED Science, drops by to discuss his work with schools across Australia in building science capacity. Nominated on the Educator Magazine’s Hot List for 2017, Simon reflects on what makes a great science lesson and the importance of working collaboratively.

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Dr Simon Crook
Making science engaging!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, scicomm, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Teachers helping teachers

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

Episode 28 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Cherine Spirou and the team at the Lachlan Macquarie College works with hundreds of science teachers across NSW. Working in partnership with the Western Sydney University School of Science and Health, the team puts together a variety of student science events and PLN conferences & meetups, all aimed at accelerating our high schools understanding of their world.

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Cherine Spirou
Helping hundreds of teachers across NSW!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts , STEM , teaching
 

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: Code like a Girl

Written by Ben Newsome on November 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 26 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ally Watson co-founded Code like a Girl after experiencing first-hand the barriers women have in the male-dominated computer science and developer industry. Code like a Girl aims to change the playing field, with a strong focus on mentoring girls in coding and computational thinking in a creative environment that sparks a love of logic and leadership.

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Ally Watson from Code like a Girl
Inspiring leaders!
Teaching Topics: coding, edchat, edtech, kids , podcasts, STEM
 

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: Accelerating STEM in Preschools

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

Episode 24 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Little Scientists Australia is a nation-wide accelerator program for preschool teachers wanting to make STEM shine for early learners. Funded by the Australian Federal Government and supported by PwC, the Little Scientists team is helping prepare young minds by building capacity.

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Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider from Little Scientists
Accelerating STEM in Preschools!
 

Podcast: Live at EduChange… it’s #EC17!

Written by Ben Newsome on October 14th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 23 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Hundreds of educators & innovators converged on Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building to challenge thoughts & create new ideas around how we all can support schools to extend students learning. Since the launch of EC14, Educhange has rapidly grown into the most exciting education event in Australia. Supported by the Education Changemakers and drawing upon talented innovators from the across the globe, Educhange is certainly well worth putting in your diary each year!

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Educhange 2017
Innovators & educational risk-takers unite!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , events, podcasts, teaching
 

How to create a student science podcast

Written by Ben Newsome on October 8th, 2017.      0 comments

Help students spread their ideas!

Podcasting also offers yet another opportunity for your students to engage with their world digitally. Armed with a microphone and a recording device, your students could be sharing their ideas and insights gained as they conduct science at your school and beyond! The content they could produce doesn't need to be groundbreaking nor something required for student assessments, it just needs to be engaging for the intended audience and motivating for your students to put together.

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Rode podcaster
Going live!
 

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!
 

Podcast: How Refraction Media is highlighting STEM careers

Written by Ben Newsome on September 28th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 21 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Karen Taylor-Brown drops by to share how their Careers with STEM and Careers with Code publications are helping students learn about what really is available to them once they leave high school. We also discuss ways that your students can get involved in submitting articles to science publishers and how to grab the attention of the editors.

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Karen Taylor-Brown from Refraction Media
Showcasing STEM careers
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts , scicomm, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Inspiring critical thinking with Living Maths

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

Episode 20 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Steve Sherman, TEDx speaker & Director of Living Maths, shares his highly student-centered approach to teaching mathematics & logical reasoning. In many ways it’s not about how integers are moved in equations, it’s about producing a learning environment that students can thrive in.

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Steve Sherman of Living Maths
Inspiring critical thinking!
 

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 impact of the National Youth Science Forum

Written by Ben Newsome on September 9th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 18 of the FizzicsEd podcast

We speak with two alumni from NYSF, a not-for-profit organisation that has been running STEM residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science since 1984. This episode looks at the positive impact that this enrichment experience can have on school students and how the skills they learn are highly beneficial for early career scientists.

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Inspiring kids since1984!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , gifted , podcasts, teaching
 

Podcast: How One Giant Leap is changing lives

Written by Ben Newsome on September 2nd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 17 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Bringing students to Space Camp USA opens up new horizons for students interested in STEM! In this episode, we talk with One Giant Leap founder Jackie Slaviero and the newly announced student ambassador Emily Rozanc about the enormous opportunities that Space Camp brings. From meeting NASA astronauts and flight directors through to training on spacecraft simulators and touring Northrup Grumman aerospace facilities, the students have a blast as they learn all things out of this world at the US Space & Rocket Center.

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One Giant Leap Australia
Expanding horizons!
 

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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Some of the highlights of the science festival!
Teaching Topics: events, podcasts, 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: 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!
 
 

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