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Most popular podcasts of 2017

Written by Ben Newsome on February 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

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!
 
#10 Education Changemakers and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 3 Maddie and Louka from the Education Changemakers drop by to chat about their work in supporting teacher-led innovation that is creating 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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#9 Makers Empire and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 10 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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#8 Podcast with Mary Bell from Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 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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#7 Vanessa Barratt and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 4 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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#6 NISEP and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 6 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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#5 Childrens Discovery Museum and FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 1 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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#4 Brett Salakas and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 7 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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#3 Jackie Randles and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 5 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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#2 Dr Johanna Howes on 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 it is so important to make your explanation understandable, interesting and entertaining.

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#1 Isabelle Kingsley and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 2 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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