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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...


Ep.39 Dinosaurs & AAOD

Ever wanted to know what it's really like to work at a Dinosaur Museum? Well now's your chance as Education Coordinator & Laboratory Supervisor Steven Rumbold takes you behind the scenes at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Situated in the heart of regional QLD, this museum is a thriving research facility where you and your students can join real dinosaur digs and help unearth Australi's ancient past. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Steven...


Ep.38 ReefHQ & enviroED

Meet Craig McGrogan, an incredibly dedicated environmental educator at ReefHQ who for many years has run science workshops, citizen science and ecotourism programs in the heart of tropical north QLD. ReefHQ is the National Education Center the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority whose mission is to inspire everyone to protect and conserve the world's largest reef system. In this episode, we chat about the educational school programs on offer, how tertiary students from across the...


Ep.37 Code like a Girl revisited

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 are heading home and getting...


Ep.36 Gympie Bone Museum revisited

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...


Ep.35 NYSF revisited

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...


Ep.34 WorldSTEM revisited

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 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...


Ep.33 Science literacy & PBL revisited

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...


Ep.32 Christmas Science!

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...



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...


Ep.30 Flame Challenge

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...


Ep.29 Making science engaging

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...


Ep.28 Teachers helping teachers

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...


Ep.27 Field studies at Sydney Olympic Park

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...


Ep. 26 Code like a Girl

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...


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