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Ep.67 EarthEcho with Jaclyn Gerakios

Get inspired as we chat with Jaclyn Gerakios, Expeditions Manager for EarthEcho International which a global leader in marine science education for schools and beyond. We chat about the recent expedition held in Victoria as well as how EarthEcho works with students across the globe to help create a sustainable future. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Jacyln Gerakios Jaclyn Gerakios is an avid ocean advocate and ocean lover. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio...


Ep.66 Global Education with Sean Forde

Meet Sean Forde, a passionate educator who has been heavily involved in global collaboration lessons with students. From Flipgrid through to interactive video conferencing, Sean has always been about giving the best avenues for his students to learn! Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Sean Forde Sean Forde is an international educator, who is currently the Elementary EdTech Coach at Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea. Prior to his time in Korea, he was also the...


Ep.65 STEAM Up the Classroom

Join Tori Cameron, host of the STEAM Up the Classroom Podcast, as she describes her journey in creating a STEAM lab at her school in Massachusetts, USA. We discuss the importance of low and high tech when it comes to maker spaces, how to source materials, ideas for engaging the wider community and much more! Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Tori Cameron Tori Cameron is a STEAM Lab specialist teacher in Massachusetts, USA. Prior to teaching as a specialist, Tori taught...


Ep.64 STEM Read with Gillian King-Cargile

STEM can be found in fiction! Everyone loves a good story and our guest Gillian King-Cargile from STEM Read in Northern Illinois University uses narratives in novels, picture books, comics and more to highlight scientific concepts to readers of all ages and in doing so makes science literacy all the more relevant. From live interviews with celebrated authors through to hands-on experiments based on the books themselves, STEM Read is all about making the science in the books shine! Hosted by...


Ep.63 Educational Technology with Craig Kemp

Creating vibrant classrooms with meaningful technology applications is so important! Craig Kemp has tremendous energy when it comes to supporting teachers integrating educational technology across the world. Craig is a highly sought education speaker and his blog was recently named one of the world's top 12 education blogs by the Huffington Post. For Craig it's not just about the technology, it's the "why" that really matters! Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Craig...


Ep.62 Expedition Learning

Ever wanted to go on an adventure? Well, Andrew Hughes from the Bookend Trust does this for a living and through Expedition Class he inspires student young and old to learn more about our environment & our heritage. From hiking the wilds of Tasmania to sea kayaking around Papua New Guinea, Andrew takes adventure learning for students to another level! Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Andrew Hughes The adventure educator behind Expedition Class, Andrew Hughes, is busy...


Ep.61 FizzicsEd now in California!

Fizzics Education is now on the ground in San Diego! Hear from co-founder Jeanette McConnell of Fizzics Education USA about her work in science outreach and her thoughts on what makes hands-on experiments memorable. About Jeanette McConnell A self-professed science nerd, Jeanette has an extensive science background and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry. However, her real passion is sharing her excitement for STEM with others through fun and engaging STEM experiences. Learning science should...


Ep.60 Museums & Education

All about museum education and the thoughts behind public exhibitions at the Australian Museum! Ellie Downing is the Manager for Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum and has been involved in science engagement and content creation for many years in the museum sector. Listen in as we chat during the busy lead up to the Australian Museum Science Festival. About Ellie Downing Managing the Science Engagements and Events (SEE) team at the Australian Museum, Ellie helps deliver...


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 and...


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...