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Ep.59 DigitalEd & the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Bringing students into the great outdoors offers them the opportunity to enjoy and discovery unique natural environments through meaningful, quality and fun educational experiences. Listen in to hear the latest updates from Claire Competiello, Jody Orcher and Meagan Vella in the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Education Team about how they inspire students and teachers to get outdoors and connect with nature. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About the NSW National...


Ep.58 Inspiring schools creating STEM festivals

Discover an inspiring story of how 13 schools in the Northern Beaches of Sydney have come together to form the Peninsula Community of Schools, a collaborative group of motivated educators that put on STEM Festivals and so much more. Get inspired! Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About the Peninsula Community of Schools The Peninsula Community of Schools was launched in 2007 as a collaborative learning community of 13 public schools on the Northern Beaches; Barrenjoey,...


Ep.57 Science and Engineering Challenge

Listen to Dr Terry Burns as he describes why science & engineering challenges help students prepare to work collaboratively and creatively in real-world environments. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About the Science and Engineering Challenge The Science and Engineering Challenge provides a pathway of memorable and fun experiences for young people during their years at school, through University and into the STEM workforce. The SEC closes the loop by providing training...


Ep.56 Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Meet Amanda Fox, an amazing educator and expert in digital technology in the classroom. An ISTE Emerging Leader & PBS Digital Innovator, get ready with pen and paper as in this episode you'll learn from Amanda about a bunch of platforms and ideas for using virtual reality in education plus much more! Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About Amanda Fox Amanda Fox is an educational pioneer, edupreneur, and CEO of FoxBrite, LLC. Fox received her Bachelor's degree from Armstrong...


Ep.55 Youth Eco Summit

About the Youth Eco Summit The Youth Eco Summit is a major environmental education festival held in Sydney Olympic Park. Very much a fixture of the school excursion calendar, the Youth Eco Summit (YES) was awarded the NSW Green Globe Award for Public Sector Sustainability, 2013. The NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards are the leading environment awards, recognising environmental excellence, leadership and innovation in NSW. The Youth Eco Summit is a unique opportunity to share their...


Ep.54 #PrimarySTEMChat with Rachael Lehr

#PrimarySTEMChat comprises a group of highly motivated primary science educators who chat every Thursday night on Twitter about all things primary STEM! Science and digital technology specialist Rachael Lehr drops by to talk about what she knows works in a primary science classroom and the importance of open-ended investigations for growing minds. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About Rachael Lehr Rachael Lehr is a passionate science specialist teacher at West Beechboro...


Ep.53 Townsville STEM hub & more

Sarah Chapman is on a mission to inspire the next generation of STEM thinkers in QLD and beyond. From setting up the North QLD STEM Hub in Townville to spreading her knowledge gained from her recent Barbara Cail Fellowship into women in STEM, her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. As part of the expert advisory board for Women in Science Australia and the head teacher of science at Townsville State High School, wonder she received the Prime Minister’s Secondary Science Teaching Prize in...


Ep.52 YouTube & Science Content

Ever wondered whether a science video on YouTube, Vimeo or similar does the best job it can in teaching students science? PhD candidate Petr Lebedev from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney is researching exactly that. For Petr, it's not just the content that matters... it's also about whether the video grabs the viewer's attention enough to create deeper questions and reflections on the science behind the visuals. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About Petr...


Ep.51 California Academy of Sciences Virtual Field Trips

Virtual science field trips can transport students to any point around the globe in real time. Today we speak with Jacque Benitez, a distance learning science specialist for the California Academy of Sciences. From running programs on astronomy through to penguins, Jacque knows how to engage remote audiences with real-time experiences about their world. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education. About Jacque Benitez Jacque Benitez is an Education Specialist for the California Academy...


Ep.50 Why data science is essential

Dr Linda McIver started out as an Academic with a PhD in Computer Science Education. When it became apparent that High School teaching was a lot more fun, Linda began a highly successful career at John Monash Science School, where she built innovative courses in Computational and Data Science for year 10 and year 11 students. Nominated one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM in 2017, Linda is passionate about creating authentic project experiences to motivate all students to become...


Ep.49 STEMpunk

This week it's a dual interview... one between Tom Gordon who helps anchor the STEMpunk podcast and Ben from the FizzicsEd podcast! Tom Gordon is a highly accomplished science communicator, where his work at Kickstart at the University of Sydney gives him the chance to show high school students what it is really like to run experiments at the school of physics. In this episode both Tom and Ben interview each other about their thoughts on STEM and why science literacy is so important....


Ep.48 Sydney Science Festival

The Sydney Science Festival celebrates and showcases Sydney’s diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and family events exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Today we speak with the event producers, Catherine Polcz, the Program Producer (Science) from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Ellie Downing, the Manager for Science...


Ep.47 Inclusion in STEM with the Warren Center

From inspiration at school through to developing the next entrepreneurial leaders in STEM, the Warren Centre’s Inclusion² program is designed increase young women's participation and leadership in STEM. Partially funded under the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, Inclusion² together with help from Rare Birds is genuinely about making a difference. Today we speak with Alex Harrington, Chief Operating Officer of the Warren...


Ep.46 STEAM at the Museum of the Riverina

Students creating museums exhibitions? Love it! In this episode we speak with Sam Leah who is working on "STEAM the Museum", a project where an opportunity class from Sturt Public School are working to create an interpretative robotic display that will tell the story the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Wagga Wagga, NSW. From meshing coding & the arts together to designing interpretative displays, this project is all about students making history come alive. Hosted by Ben Newsome from...


Ep.45 Australian F1 Grand Prix & STEM

With the goal of inspiring the next generation, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix has developed the Industry & Innovation Precinct as the destination for students taking part in the Driving Learning education program. Today we chat with Elyse Dawson, the Manager for Industry Integration at the precinct, where we find out how the hands-on learning opportunities and STEM challenges are designed to help students see endless opportunities. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education More...


Ep.44 Student fossil digs & more at Kronosaurus Korner

Museum Curator and Interpretive Manager Michelle Johnstone 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 some of her learnings from her Churchill Fellowship in palaeobiology and remote palaeotourism. Hosted Ben Newsome from Fizzics...


Ep.43 Scienceability

Meet Sian Keyes, an educator with a passion for breaking down barriers. On this episode you'll discover why she formed Sciencecability, 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. Hosted Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education Sian Keyes is also the Senior Program Manager for National Youth Science Forum About the FizzicsEd Podcast With...


Ep. 42 Science parties are awesome

From running science parties across the UK to presenting at TEDx, Marc Wileman from Sublime Science brings a passion for teaching kids critical thinking. In this episode, we chat about just what is important when presenting science to students and how teaching risk-taking can help prepare kids for their future Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Marc Wileman ‘Mad’ Marc Wileman is best known for firing smoke rings, making slime and winning investment on Dragons’ Den. He’s...


Ep.41 How to nail a 3 minute thesis

Last year we were privileged to be invited to help judge the Postgraduate Research Forum Speakers at a 3-minute thesis pitch event at the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (UNSW BEES). What a fantastic event! During this jam-packed morning, we got to hear about the amazing and highly varied research that is being conducted at UNSW BEES and to listen to post-graduate speakers articulate their findings to a general audience. What emerged from this was the...


Ep.40 Student STEM tours with Latitude Group Travel

Ever wanted to bring students to the where the science is actually happening? Jenny Murphy and the team at Latitude Group Travel do exactly that, creating extraordinary student STEM travel experiences to sites across Australia and around the globe. From taking students to high profile sites such as CERN & NASA through to field trips to the Great Barrier Reef & more, Latitude Group Travel have the created a fantastic offering for schools wanting to expand their student's horizons! Hosted...