Dr Linda McIver started out as an Academic with a PhD in Computer Science Education. When it became apparent that High School teaching was a lot more fun, Linda began a highly successful career at John Monash Science School, where she built innovative courses in Computational and Data Science for year 10 and year 11 students. Nominated one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM in 2017, Linda is passionate about creating authentic project experiences to motivate all students to become technologically and data literate.
This week it's a dual interview... one between Tom Gordon who helps anchor the STEMpunk podcast and Ben from the FizzicsEd podcast! Tom Gordon is a highly accomplished science communicator, where his work at Kickstart at the University of Sydney gives him the chance to show high school students what it is really like to run experiments at the school of physics. In this episode both Tom and Ben interview each other about their thoughts on STEM and why science literacy is so important. Something a little different!
The Sydney Science Festival celebrates and showcases Sydney’s diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and family events exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Today we speak with the event producers, Catherine Polcz, the Program Producer (Science) from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Ellie Downing, the Manager for Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum.
From inspiration at school through to developing the next entrepreneurial leaders in STEM, the Warren Centre’s Inclusion² program is designed increase young women's participation and leadership in STEM. Partially funded under the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, Inclusion² together with help from Rare Birds is genuinely about making a difference. Today we speak with Alexandra Harrington, Chief Operating Officer of the Warren Centre to find out more!
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.
With the goal of inspiring the next generation, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix has developed the Industry & Innovation Precinct as the destination for students taking part in the Driving Learning education program. Today we chat with Elyse Dawson, the Manager for Industry Integration at the precinct, where we find out how the hands-on learning opportunities and STEM challenges are designed to help students see endless opportunities.
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.
Meet Siân Keys, an educator with a passion for breaking down barriers. On this episode you'll discover why she formed Scienceability, an organisation that challenges the traditional ideas of 'who does science' by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to lead science classes for the public during National Science Week.
From running science parties across the UK to presenting at TEDx, Marc Wileman from Sublime Science brings a passion for teaching kids critical thinking. In this episode, we chat about just what is important when presenting science to students and how teaching risk-taking can help prepare kids for their future
What makes an awesome science presentation? At the Postgraduate Research Forum Speakers at a 3-minute thesis pitch event at the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (UNSW BEES) you certainly can find out! In this podcast, we chat with two of the finalists, Claire Brandenburger and Hayden Schilling, about what they did to prepare themselves to pitch their entire thesis in three minutes.
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!
Ever wanted to know what it's really like to work at a Dinosaur Museum? Well now's your chance as Education Coordinator & Laboratory Supervisor Steven Rumbold takes you behind the scenes at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Situated in the heart of regional QLD, this museum is a thriving research facility where you and your students can join real dinosaur digs and help unearth Australi's ancient past.
With so many awesome guests on the weekly FizzicsEd podcast, it's been a blast chatting with some of the best science education specialists from Australia and around the globe. Every episode has been highly popular, with a variety of insights into how different teachers, science communicators, museum professionals and outreach educators think when it comes to inspiring people of all ages. Amongst all of the episodes some were clearly revisited time and again... so... without further adieu, here's the most popular FizzicsEd podcast episodes that were released in 2017!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Written by Ben Newsome on November 11th, 2017.
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.
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.