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nySci: Bringing science to remote students

Ben Newsome

After zipping across to CYNRIC in Syracuse I dropped into the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. Also known as NYSCI, the museum was established as part of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair near the banks of the East River. Finding the museum is easy, just keep an eye...

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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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STEM at the Challenger Learning Center and BUBL; Rochester, New York

Ben Newsome

On leaving Cleveland Museum of Art I continued my Churchill Fellowship, taking a later flight out of Ohio and landing at midnight in Rochester, New York to visit the Rochester Challenger Learning Centre and Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory over a 2 day visit. The skills of the team are diverse...

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Distance learning at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Ben Newsome

On leaving Indianapolis I dropped into Cleveland to visit a hive of activity in the science education via video conferencing world. My first stop was with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, situated within the University Circle district not far from downtown Cleveland. On entering the building I was greeted...

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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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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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Science classes via video conferencing… the real digital revolution

Ben Newsome

With the National Broadband Network (NBN) beginning to be rolled out across Australia, at an estimated cost of $35.9 billion, the general public is quite rightly wondering what they will get for their buck. Well, having just attended the Digital Outreach conference this week I can say from the education...

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Magical science

Ben Newsome

I am not ashamed to admit this, but for the last 12 years of my life, I have wanted nothing more than to be able to toss some Floo powder in a fireplace and walk through that beautiful green flame to the land of Harry Potter. With the last installment...

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