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Digital microscopy; teaching students biology their way

Ben Newsome

Kids these days really love meshing digital media into nearly everything they do. Why not go with the trend and present biological science with portable laptops and digital microscopes? This week I was at a school running a station-based a microscopy lesson...

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HoytsIQ; Live science outreach and IMAX cinema

Ben Newsome

This month we launched HoytsIQ, an immersive cinema experience where patrons experience the power of IMAX film documentaries with live science shows by Fizzics Education. We’ve created a series of science shows that link directly to IMAX 3D documentaries...

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Science club booming at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre

Ben Newsome

This year has seen the introduction of an informal science club at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre at Castle Hill. Children aged 8 years and up are now able to come to the Powerhouse Museum Collection Stores to participate in science experiments with like-minded kids. The weekly sessions have kids running...

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How to run an Australian wildlife show

Ben Newsome

I ran into Anthony Stimson again a little while ago whilst running science workshops at Australian Museum’s Science in the City. Anthony runs Australian Wildlife Displays and visits schools to perform wildlife shows. As such its common for us to run into each other whilst at science festivals and environmental...

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Science communication… just what is that anyway?

Ben Newsome

Remember Professor Julius Sumner-Miller, the lecturer who first brought simple engaging science experiments into people’s homes via TV? Wow, did he start something! Prof. Sumner-Miller’s ideas of demonstrating science using simple materials have been taken up by primary and science teachers throughout Australia; in fact you would struggle to get...

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Science Lessons from Masterchef

Ben Newsome

Who said that all reality television is complete rubbish? Sunday night’s Masterchef challenge contained some serious lessons about the importance of the scientific method. The challenge was to invent a recipe, and write it so that somebody following it to the letter could reproduce it perfectly.

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Does science always have to go bang?

Ben Newsome

Most of the time when I walk into a job, whether it be a school workshop, an event, or a birthday party, I get asked if I’m going to make something explode – and I’m not sure that this is a good thing. As a science student at uni, I...

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Rethinking ‘chemical-free’ products; the need for science communication

Ben Newsome

I get irritated when I go shopping. More and more scientific jargon appears to be making its way onto the labels of products, and in many cases it is misused and doesn’t make sense. I’m a scientist, I use jargon all the time and I don’t have any problem with...

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Teaching science to gifted kids… overcoming the challenges

Ben Newsome

As most readers are aware, working with gifted children offers its own challenges when it comes to science. Our approach to any child, gifted or not, is to work with what they can do rather than concentrate on their particular age. Having supplementary material on hand is the best insurance...

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Thinking about energy

Ben Newsome

As part of our Renewable Energy workshop today, I was asked why we can’t use the steam produced by the evaporation of liquid nitrogen to power a turbine and generate electricity. The short answer is economics –the amount of energy that would be produced by using liquid nitrogen to power...

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LIVE Video conferencing with your school no matter where you are!

Ben Newsome

Beginning in 2007, NSW rolled out millions of dollars of video conferencing hardware to NSW public schools through the Interactive Classroom Project. So how can rural and remote schools gain access? Read on...

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How to donate to SETI@Home Project

Ben Newsome

Always wanted to participate in the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)? How about donating some of your computing power at your school, office or home to the SETI project! Find out more on how your humble computer could help contribute...

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2009: International Year of Astronomy

Ben Newsome

What is your local school doing for this year's theme? Here are some easy ideas that can be run in class!

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