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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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Working with Disney: Who stole the Cake?

Ben Newsome

We had a bit of fun last week as we filmed a short segment for Saturday Disney – “Who stole the cake?”. With a few props and couple of takes Shae Brewster from Saturday Disney was on the case as we looked at...

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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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Fizzics Out and About

Ben Newsome

We have been out and about celebrating National Science Week and having lots of fun with science in Sydney and beyond. We had an absolutely jam-packed National Science Week. – visiting many schools, and presenting at numerous events around the city, including Science in the City at the Australian Museum....

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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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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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Turtles Cause Airport Chaos!

Ben Newsome

There is a large population of Terrapin Turtles living in the marshes near JFK Airport, and every year they migrate to nearby sandy areas in Jamaica Bay to lay their eggs – and there just happens to be a runway in the way. A runway at a very, very busy...

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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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SLIMED! One bet I lost:)

Ben Newsome

A bet is a bet! We were playing around with Facebook and Karin suggested that if we got 50 “likes” by the end of the business day the Sydney staff could slime me. Of course I couldn’t resist the challenge :)

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Heading west for Science in the Bush

Ben Newsome

Again we're heading out west for the 'Science in the Bush' series for the Australian Museum. As we headed out we couldn't help but stop and see the sites on the way...

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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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