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  • Science-themed music videos boost scientific literacy:Research has shown that music can reduce stress and increase student engagement in the learning process.Check out this  database of 7,000 + songs about science and math.  SingAboutScience.org now has Teachers can type in a topic and find music relevant to what they are teaching.

  • Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga 1–7 September: Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga takes place this year from Monday 1 September to Sunday 7 September 2014. This resource page provides ideas,resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the Tongan language with your school community.
  • CRESTers  go all out!! A phenomenal amount of time, energy, commitment and learning has gone into the 2014 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge. Friday 29th August was a hive of activity as the 2014 teams submitted their reports and posters to CREST. An awesome effort by all involved! These students and teachers have certainly demonstrated the CREST attribute of perseverance.  Wonderful. A profile of the teams and their posters will be available on the CREST web pages by the end of September; after the last of the judging events.Working collaboratively, NZIFST and CREST initiated the Challenge to give senior secondary students the opportunity to experience, first hand, the innovative work done by scientists, technologists and engineers in NZ’s food industry, and to raise the profile of a career in this industry.
  • Primary CREST: Great to see students and teachers delving into the Primary CREST resources.

  • 2014 CREST certificates: If you need Certificates and badges for any end of Term Assemblies, please have the confirmations to CREST BEFORE 15 September.

  • CREST Alumni: All (past and present) CREST Students, Teachers, Consultant/Mentors, Approvers, Assessors and Sponsors are warmly welcomed to join the CREST (NZ) Alumni.

  • Congratulations to all the CRESTers who CRESTed to their local Science and Technology Fair. There have been some stunningly wonderful results!

  • Science Teaching Leadership Programme: Opportunities for nominated primary teachers and secondary science teachers to work with science organisations and lead science in their schools. The newly developed Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science and Society by providing opportunities for teachers of science for years 1 – 10 to develop leadership skills and enhance the teaching of science within school communities. This initiative requires an agreement from the school or science department to make science a priority learning and development for a year following the nominated teacher’s return to school. Applications are now open for terms 1 and 2, 2015.

  • Renewable Energy:2014 Hochstetter Lecture Tour  is underway: ‘New Zealand’s renewable geothermal resources’. The Geoscience Society of New Zealand’s 2014 Hochstetter Lecturer, Chris Bromley from GNS Science, will be giving talks around the country with support from branches of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Taranaki 1 September; Rotorua2 September; Wellington8 September; Nelson 9 September, Canterbury10 September; Otago 11 September

  • Catching the wind: 2014 New Zealand Aronui Lecture Series – Professor Atholl Anderson Hamilton 4 Sept, Auckland 10 Sept, Wellington 11 Sept

  • The Airport! This LEARNZ field trip starts 9 September.Enrol in LEARNZ field trips now. LEARNZ will be offering a number of sessions during the Connected Educator Month. The first is a live PD webinar planned for  9 October at 4pm .The session will use the Antarctica - Cool Science in action field trip in Term 4 to help you get started with LEARNZ, to help you get more out of LEARNZ and to help you integrate science into your classroom practice.

  • The Bayer Primary School Science Fund: Sponsored by Bayer and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, this fund is to give primary schools the opportunity to apply for funding to support and enhance an existing, or  kick-start a new, environmental science education and ‘Nature of Science’ teaching and learning programme. A primary school can request a maximum sum of up to $2,000(GST excl) to help fund activities. It is important to note that the school’s request must directly benefit the teaching and learning programmes inclusive of the ‘Nature of Science’ strand and environmental science education.  Applications close 12 September (Great  opportunity to  incorporate a CREST  project)

  • Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships:The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board is now accepting applications from students of Māori descent intending to undertake tertiary education in 2015. Information and application forms for the scholarships are available on the Ministry of Education website or by emailing ngarimu.scholarship@minedu.govt.nz.  Applications close 24 September.

  • Ten by Ten: Healing Wounds.  25 September, Wanaka. Visit our website for full details of the 2014 Ten by Ten talks celebrating 20 years of the Marsden Fund.

  • Realise the Dream 2014Realise the Dream is for secondary school students who have undertaken an excellent piece of scientific research, technological development or electrical/computer science/engineering project. This piece of work needs to be nominated by a teacher or by a regional science or technology fair, and can come from a CREST or Brightsparks programme. Nominations close 6 October.

  • Connected Educator month (October): Anyone can lurk or contribute to the myriad of education opportunities in Connected Educator month 

  • Discover Computing: A fun, hands-on workshop for Year 12 and 13 students. Massey University is running a free interactive, hands-on workshop to find out what information science is all about! 2 October

  • ULearn 2014:  8-10 October, Rotorua

  • Future-oriented science conference: NZCER is running a future-oriented science conference, 21 October. This one-day conference will draw on recent NZ research findings on the teaching and learning of science and highlight examples of innovative practice. This conference aims to make a contribution to practice, policy and research. Email workshops@nzcer.org.nz with “Science” in the subject line to be added to a list for email updates. Registrations are now open.

  • Ignited: Gifted Education in Action. 14-15 November, Nelson. This conference will showcase international and national research, paper presentations and innovative workshops.

  • ISLP poster competition: The 2014-15 International Statistical Literacy Project Poster competition is underway! Winners of the national competition will be displayed at the World Statistics Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015 and be entered into the international competition. You can register your school to enter by sending an email to emma.mawby@stats.govt.nz  Entries can be sent to the same address any time before the closing date of 16th December 2014. A school can submit more than one poster to the New Zealand competition. It is important to note that posters are only eligible for the competition if they are created by a group of 2 or 3 students. More information about the ISLP poster competition can be found here .( A great opportunity to link this work with a CREST project!)

  • ChildDevelopmentNZ: As part of the celebrations for 20 years of the Marsden Fund, they are running a series looking at different areas of research that have received funding by the Marsden Fund and that are making a difference to all New Zealanders. This month: looking at child development #ChildDevelopmentNZ.

  • Bright Sparks 2014: The Bright Sparks 2014 competition is New Zealand’s premier hi-tech competition for school students and an exciting opportunity for young people. See www.brightsparks.org.nz for details of the competition and videos of finalists’ projects in action. The Bright Sparks organisation also provides a network of electronics students, teachers, and industry specialists who interact in The Forum. Here you can seek advice, ask questions, and get answers.(Great way to CREST!!!)