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Ep.36 Gympie Bone Museum revisited

1/13/2018
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Meet Deb and Jaimie Cook, two highly motivated educators who are putting together the Gympie Bone Museum Project in QLD. This is on top of running two successful STEM businesses in Dissection Connection and RockHoundZ. “Every kid says to me I’ll have to have a dig pit! So, I’ll be having some sort of a sandbox where they can get in and dig out their own bones. This also lends it to having guests come in and if we bury something in particular in that dig pit we can perhaps have an expert in...

Duration: 00:42:22


Ep.35 NYSF revisited

1/5/2018
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As the National Youth Science Forum again kicks off for 2018, we're looking back at a past episode where we chatted with Timothy Smith & Stephanie Terwindt about their student experiences in NYSF and how it helped their now awesome careers in STEM! While the content of the NYSF program has changed over the years, the impact of the experience is clearly still relevant. This episode looks at the positive impact that this enrichment experience can have on school students and how the skills they...

Duration: 00:50:46


Ep.34 WorldSTEM revisited

12/29/2017
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Primary teacher & #aussieED founder Brett Salakas is an inspirational educator who’s worked to create a global network of motivated people on Twitter to make educational theory into classroom practice that works. In this podcast we chat about his new work in WorldSTEM.co where his mission is simple... to bring STEM education to young people everywhere, in a way that empowers them to shape their own future. Top 3 learnings Get on Twitter! #aussieED Aim for continuous improvement. You...

Duration: 01:04:57


Ep.33 Science literacy & PBL revisited

12/23/2017
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Meet Isabelle Kingsley, a former science teacher who previously ran the Sydney Science Festival as well as adult programming at the Museum of Applied Arts Museum in Sydney. She is now a researcher in science communication at the University of NSW. In this episode, we talk about the importance of scientific literacy and value of allowing students to explore their learning through guided long-term science projects. Project-based learning works! Be a facilitator in the classroom Be firm...

Duration: 00:42:02


Ep.32 Christmas Science!

12/12/2017
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Science experiments for the end of the year! This episode we're having a little bit of fun with the Christmas theme and as such you'll hear about a number of simple science experiments you can run over the holiday break that won't break the budget. Each science experiment is easily accessible from the local shops and have been proven to grab kids attention! You can find full descriptions of each experiment on the Fizzics Education website. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics...

Duration: 00:24:27


Ep.31 STANSW

12/8/2017
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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 and the huge variety of experiments that can be used to grab the hearts and minds of students. “Building a relationship with people is the most important and having that trusting and...

Duration: 00:39:23


Ep.30 Flame Challenge

11/29/2017
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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 we chat with Johanna Howes, the visual submission winner of the 2017 question ‘What is Energy’, where learn why its so important to make your explanation...

Duration: 00:35:55


Ep.29 Making science engaging

11/24/2017
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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. “A former colleague of mine had this phrase ‘engage me or enrage me.’. If they’re engaged, you’ve won out! You don’t have to deal with as many classroom management issues.” Top 3 learnings Hosted by...

Duration: 00:51:57


Ep.28 Teachers helping teachers

11/16/2017
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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 our high schools understanding of their world. “You have to start getting yourself together a network. It does not work if you don’t have a network of teachers and it’s one...

Duration: 00:38:08


Ep.27 Field studies at Sydney Olympic Park

11/10/2017
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Just across from the mangroves in Sydney Olympic Park is an education center designed to help students to discover more about their environment. We caught up with Danielle Leggo, who as the education coordinator at SOPA has very much had the opportunity to see first-hand the positive impact that biological field studies and nature walks can bring to kids from urban centers. “The sampling techniques we’re using with them… gathering data and asking questions about that data… every time...

Duration: 00:35:47


Ep. 26 Code like a Girl

11/3/2017
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Ally Watson co-founded Code like a Girl after experiencing first-hand the barriers women have in the male-dominated computer science and developer industry. Code like a Girl aims to change the playing field, with a strong focus on mentoring girls in coding and computational thinking in a creative environment that sparks a love of logic and leadership. “We tell them, this what a programmer is, this is what it looks like and this is my story. So, these girls a heading home and getting...

Duration: 00:37:51


Ep.25 Neil Bramsen on the importance of primary science education

10/27/2017
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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! Neil Bramsen is a 2013 Churchill Fellow, an Apple Distinguished Educator and a winner of the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship. “Science has a wow factor to it! Literacy and...

Duration: 00:51:34


Ep.24 Accelerating STEM in Preschools

10/19/2017
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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. “Am I actually looking at the world with open eyes? How many questions do I have about the world on a regular basis? From our perspective this is the foundation… the more curious I am as an educator, the more...

Duration: 00:37:20


Ep.23 Live at EduChange… it’s #EC17!

10/13/2017
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Hundreds of educators & innovators converged on Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building to challenge thoughts & create new ideas around how we all can support schools to extend students learning. Since the launch of EC14, Educhange has rapidly grown into the most exciting education event in Australia! Supported by the Education Changemakers and drawing upon talented innovators from the across the globe, Educhange is certainly well worth putting in your diary each year. “Getting...

Duration: 00:57:41


Ep 22. How the ASTC helps science centers shine!

10/6/2017
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Even the best science & technology centers in the world need a support network. Ann Hernandez drops by to discuss how the Association of Science-Technology Centers helps over 600 members across 50 countries make their exhibitions even more interactive and engaging than ever for ages young and old. “It’s a sense of membership, a sense of ownership and sense of that you’re at equal levels. It’s not just about the expert PhD scientist talking to the public, it’s about communities working...

Duration: 00:33:36


How Refraction Media is highlighting STEM careers

9/27/2017
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Karen Taylor-Brown drops by to share how Refraction Media's Careers with STEM and Careers with Code publications are helping students learn about what really is available to them once they leave high school. We also discuss ways that your students can get involved in submitting articles to science publishers and how to grab the attention of the editors. "Policymakers and corporate leaders were starting to say, hang on, if we’re looking ahead at where we want our nation to be and where...

Duration: 00:33:30


Ep.20 Inspiring critical thinking with Living Maths

9/22/2017
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Steve Sherman, TEDx speaker & founder of Living Maths, shares his highly student-centred approach to teaching mathematics & logical reasoning. In many ways it’s not about how integers are moved in equations, it’s about producing a learning environment that students can thrive in. “How are you going get students to fall in love with mathematics if all you are going to do is make them do sums at school and then go and home and do homework? That’s not really going to get them...

Duration: 01:02:17


Ep.19 Establishing a bone museum in regional QLD

9/15/2017
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Meet Deb and Jaimie Cook, two highly motivated educators who are putting together the Gympie Bone Museum Project in QLD. This is on top of running two successful STEM businesses in Dissection Connection and RockHoundZ! “Every kid says to me I’ll have to have a dig pit! So, I’ll be having some sort of a sandbox where they can get in and dig out their own bones. This also lends it to having guests come in and if we bury something in particular in that dig pit we can perhaps have an expert...

Duration: 00:43:12


Ep.18 The impact of the National Youth Science Forum

9/8/2017
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Chatting with Timothy Smith & Stephanie Terwindt about their student experiences in the National Youth Science Forum and how it helped their now awesome careers in STEM! While the content of the NYSF program has changed over the years, the impact of the experience is clearly still relevant. This episode looks at the positive impact that this enrichment experience can have on school students and how the skills they learn are highly beneficial for early career scientists. Hosted by Ben...

Duration: 00:51:30


Ep.17 How One Giant Leap is changing lives

9/1/2017
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Bringing students to Space Camp USA opens up new horizons for students interested in STEM! In this episode, we talk with One Giant Leap founder Jackie Slaviero and the newly announced student ambassador Emily Rozanc about the enormous opportunities that Space Camp brings. From meeting NASA astronauts and flight directors through to training on spacecraft simulators and touring Northrup Grumman aerospace facilities, the students have a blast as they learn all things out of this world at the...

Duration: 00:28:57

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