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Podcast: What you can discover at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Written by Ben Newsome on August 13th, 2017.      0 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 virtual excursions enrich classroom teaching

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

Episode 11 of the FizzicsEd podcast

No matter what topic your class is studying, you can connect your students with experts from around the globe in museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums and more using conferencing technology. Jan Zanetis, ISTE Board Director and the Executive Director for the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration discusses how schools are using this experiences to enrich their lessons as well the how the use of video has transformed the teaching landscape via flipped learning.

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Jan Zanetis, Managing Director for CILC and ISTE Board Member
Global learning made accessible!
 

Podcast: Teaching design thinking with Makers Empire

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

Episode 10 of the FizzicsEd podcast

When it comes to design thinking, having students create 3D objects that solve a real-world problem is pretty close to a perfect lesson. In this talk with Mandi Dimitriadis from Makers Empire we discover just how far 3D printing has come (you can even print in chocolate!) plus the critical importance of project-based learning in allowing students to explore their own creativity.

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Mandi from Makers Empire
Teaching design thinking through 3D printing
Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, education , podcasts, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Combining science, sport & leadership with the GWS Giants

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

Episode 9 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Working with disadvantaged communities can be challenging yet incredibly rewarding. Meet Gavin Robertson, Ali Faraj and Emad Elkheir from the GWS Giants, a major football team who is not only kicking goals on the field but is also working tirelessly with schools, libraries, charities and more to unearth the biggest issues facing youth, families and the broader community in western Sydney. We discuss how the GIANTS care initiative is providing opportunities for students to discover leadership skills, goal setting and a love of learning through nutrition workshops, science shows, multicultural events and accelerator programs.

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GIANTS Care Initiative by GWS Giants
Working for western Sydney kids!
 

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: Talking #aussieED & WorldSTEM.co with founder Brett Salakas

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

Episode 7 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Primary teacher & #aussieED founder Brett Salakas is an inspirational educator who’s worked to create a global network of motivated people on Twitter to make educational theory into classroom practice that works. In this podcast we chat about his new work in WorldSTEM.co where his mission is simple... to bring STEM education to young people everywhere, in a way that empowers them to shape their own future.

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Brett Salakas

Making STEM connections for teachers
 

Podcast: National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP)

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

Episode 6 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet A/Prof Joanne Jamie and Dr Emma Barnes, two university biochemists from Macquarie University who have created the incredibly successful National Indigenous Science Education Program, an initiative designed to place Indigenous youth in leadership positions so they gain the confidence, motivation and skills to stay in school and consider pathways to higher education. NISEP brings together Indigenous elders, school students and educators together via a series of in-school, community and university science events and at the time of the interview incorporates 13 high schools from low socioeconomic rural, regional and metro areas and 3 universities, and annually places around 150 Indigenous students in leadership roles.

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National Indigenous Science Education Program logo: 3 hexagons in red, yellow and black shoing DNA strand, molecules and a gum leaf

Indigenous science that works
 

Podcast: Citizen science & entrepreneurial thinking in STEM

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

Episode 5 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Inspiring Australia is a federally funded Australian program that works to increase engagement and interest in the sciences through sharing ideas, events and stories created by educators, researchers, and science communicators. Jackie Randles is the Manager of Inspiring Australia NSW and is heavily involved in helping science events, regional science hubs, citizen science projects and more find an audience across NSW. A huge number of free resources are discussed in this podcast… have a pen and paper ready!

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Jackie Randles
Creating STEM links across NSW!
 

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!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , podcasts, scicomm, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Embedding language, culture and risk taking into science lessons

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

Episode 3 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Maddie and Louka from the Education Changemakers drop by to chat about their work in supporting teacher-led innovation that is create stunning learning communities across the globe. We talk about the importance of threading culture and history into science lessons as well as why it’s ok to make mistake, make mess and allow students to challenge themselves when running science lessons that matter.

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Maddie & Louka from Education changemakers
Leading education innovation!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, scicomm , STEM, teaching
 

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!
 

FizzicsEd podcast about to be released!

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

Hot off the press!

We've been very busy chatting with nationally recognised educators and science communicators over the past couple of weeks to pull together some fantastic STEM education podcasts for you to enjoy. No matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn.

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Fizzics Ed podcast logo (green, blue and white)
Let them cre

Teaching Topics: podcasts
 

12 science podcasts for teachers & students

Written by Ben Newsome on September 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Science, straight to your phone!

The explosion of podcasting in the past few years offers busy teachers an awesome opportunity to subscribe to science content that you simply don't get on most standard radio stations. Find out more about some of the best science podcasts going around!

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STEM Podcasts for the inquiring mind

Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, education, podcasts , STEM , teaching
 
 

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