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International Spy Museum; covert distance learning!

Ben Newsome

Ever wanted to be a secret agent? Got a hankering to live a double life? Well this leg of my Churchill Fellowship found me at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to find out all about the life of spies and how classrooms across the world have experienced this...

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Alaska Zoo: new distance content ready for schools

Ben Newsome

This leg of my Churchill Fellowship dropped me into Anchorage in Alaska to see the Alaska Zoo education team and view what they have been doing to setup their distance education school sessions. Accompanied by Pamela Lloyd from GCI SchoolAccess and my sister, we met Stephanie at the front entrance...

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Whale science shows with Australian National Maritime Museum

Ben Newsome

Throughout Easter 2014 Fizzics Education worked with the Australian National Maritime Museum to produce a Whale Science Show for the school holidays. This show was developed to coincide with the installation of a whale exhibition within the museum and bring new visitors into the Darling Harbour site.

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Churchill Fellowship to be undertaken in 2014

Ben Newsome

I have recently been given the honour to represent Australia as a Churchill Fellow on a study tour to Canada and the USA to examine best practices in science education via video conference. During this trip I will be visiting a variety of Museums, Zoos, Aquariums and Science Centers to...

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Bringing science to audiences; what do they take away?

Ben Newsome

Nothing puts your lesson to the test than having students try to recall just what the content was. You can tell if you ask them to send you a drawing, especially if you ask for it to be sent a week after the fact! The trap of running a science...

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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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