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Student fossil digs & more at Kronosaurus Korner

Ben Newsome

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...

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Episode: 43

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How Scienceability challenges stereotypes

Ben Newsome

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.

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Episode: 41

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How to nail a 3 minute thesis

Ben Newsome

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,...

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“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it”

Kate O'Sullivan

International Day of Women and Girls in Science In 2015, the United Nations proclaimed February 11th the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Today, Kate looks back over the strong STEM women she looked up to as a child, and who changed her life for the better.

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Episode: 39

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Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Ben Newsome

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...

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Episode: 38

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Reef HQ Aquarium & enviroED

Ben Newsome

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...

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Why is science important?

Ben Newsome

... even if you're not a scientist It would be hard not to notice the renewed focus on science & technology these days. Lately not a week goes by without the media discussing how science will impact on our lives and how the next generation needs to have a strong...

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Educational Leadership

Ben Newsome

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...

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Episode: 30

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Flame Challenge!

Ben Newsome

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...

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Episode: 29

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Making Science Engaging

Ben Newsome

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.

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Episode: 28

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Teachers helping teachers

Ben Newsome

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...

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Neil Bramsen on the importance of primary science education

Ben Newsome

We speak with Neil Bramsen, recent winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and Assistant Principal at Mt Ousley Public School in NSW. From students counting birds for citizen science to using drones & robotics, Neil’s passion for STEM clearly shines through!

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Funny videos that help highlight challenges in teaching mathematics

Ben Newsome

Using Hollywood to teach numeracy Unless you can give hands-on examples as to how the mathematics works, a learner will consolidate their misunderstandings if not given shown concrete evidence that contradicts their understandings. This got us thinking, what other movies also highlight the importance of numeracy? Time to open the...

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Accelerating STEM in Preschools

Ben Newsome

Little Scientists Australia is a nation-wide accelerator program for preschool teachers wanting to make STEM shine for early learners. Funded by the Australian Federal Government and supported by PwC, the Little Scientists team is helping prepare young minds by building capacity.

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