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‘Video-less’ 3D game made for blind players:French developers invent the video-less video game.
TouchCounts: A free app that encourages children to experiment with counting, addition, and subtraction recently debuted for the iPad. TouchCounts lets children create and manipulate their own numbers by using their fingers to tap and swipe. Two fingers “pulling apart” a number, for example, splits it into two smaller parts; the farther apart you pull, the larger the part you split away from the original whole. Click “numbers” or “operations” on the banner for activities and teacher notes.
The Sun Smart Learning Programme: The Sun Smart Learning Programme focuses on students learning and using behaviours that will keep them from exposing their skin to harmful Ultraviolet Radiation and getting sunburned. These new resources – written by educational experts – are designed for Levels 1-4 of the New Zealand Curriculum and are cross-curricula: covering numeracy, literacy, health and science learning.
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.
Scientists change butterflies wing colour in just six generations :Scientists have chosen the most fleeting of mediums for their ground breaking work on biomimicry: They’ve changed the color of butterfly wings. In so doing, they produced the first structural colour change in an animal by influencing evolution. The discovery may have implications for physicists and engineers trying to use evolutionary principles in the design of new materials and devices. Check out these CRESTy Butterfly investigations.
Maths Week 2014: Monday August 11 until Friday August 15.: Maths Week includes challenges, games, and prizes for students from Year 1 through to Year 11. It’s free, and anyone at school in New Zealand can register and participate.
School Journals and Junior Journals now as PDF: For the first time, the School and Junior Journals are available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students.
Five science capabilities : Five science capabilities were recently published on TKI. Teachers often ask why they were called “capabilities”. Dr Rosemary Hipkins of NZCER explains why the capabilities were developed (what they are supposed to “do” in terms of teaching and learning), why they were called that, and how they fit in with our curriculum’s key competencies. Read her article Unlocking the idea of capabilities in science.
Teaching strategies: Engaging with technological products :The videos in this section show students captivated and having fun learning about materials through hands-on experiences.
Technology Online newsletter: Technology Online is launching a newsletter for all teachers of technology from years 1–13. It will be published twice a term. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening on Technology On-line. Subscribe online.
Creative industries :The Creative Industries Vocational Pathway is now available. It is the sixth in a series of pathways designed to help students to better plan their studies and set themselves up for their future. They can use the pathways as a framework to help choose their subjects and also see how they relate to future job or career opportunities that interest them.
Arctic Melt Ponds: The 2014 MABEL campaign was launched, in part, to study melt ponds and other features of summer ice. Engineers added a new camera system that made it possible to match the MABEL measurements with a photographic glimpse of the ground.
Gold CREST: Invitations to submit a Registration of Interest (RoI) for the Gold CREST August 2014 intake have been issued. Just in case……if you have, or know of, a Y12 student who has successfully completed their Silver, Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge and would be interested in Gold CREST.. Please bring the RoI to their attention. The Registrations are due no later than 5 pm Friday 8 August.
- Profiling Excellence 2013: The RSNZ has published our annual profile which highlights some of our activities in 2013. This publication is available to read as an e-magazine or a pdf .Please note it may take a few seconds for the e-magazine to appear in sharp focus. ( Check out Page 19!)
- The 2014 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge: 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.
- CREST Alumni: All (past and present) CREST Students, Teachers, Consultant/Mentors, Approvers, Assessors and Sponsors are warmly welcomed to join the CREST (NZ) Alumni.
- Take a Trip: LEARNZ Term 3: There is a broad mix of LEARNZ virtual field trips in Term 3 with something for everyone ;Freshwater Ecology , Geospatial, Waterview Connection, Airport! More at www.learnz.org
- Snow Research: NIWA wants to recruit people keen to take part in a citizen science initiative. They have developed an app so participants can easily measure depth and density of the snow. All you need is a mobile phone, a ruler, a container – and some snow.
- Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize: The 2014 round for the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize opened on 5th May. This prize is one of five worth $1 million in total and is awarded to an outstanding science teacher. The prize recognises the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives and celebrates the contribution of science teachers and students. To find out more please visit Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize and/or Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize. Prize closes on 4 August 2014
- Ten by Ten:Unlocking the secrets of tectonic plates. Dunedin 7 August. Visit our website for full details of the 2014 Ten by Ten talks celebrating 20 years of the Marsden Fund.
- The Naked Scientists Live: Stripping science down to the bare essentials. Attend a special live event featuring Dr Chris Smith, the founder and host of the hugely-popular podcast The Naked Scientists. Auckland 7 August; Wellington 12 August. Reservations essential!!
- Catching the wind: 2014 New Zealand Aronui Lecture Series – Professor Atholl Anderson Dunedin 27 Aug, Hamilton 4 Sept, Auckland 10 Sept, Wellington 11 Sept
- Sustainability film-making workshops: Outlook for Someday gives free sustainability film-making workshops throughout NZ from May – Aug for yr 7-13 students. All students will make & screen a short film in the workshop & will go away with a story idea in development. Each workshop will run from 9am to 4.30pm, with space for 25 participants.
- #edchatNZ: (A community for New Zealand educators across all sectors to discuss all things education.) is holding a conference 8-9 August, Auckland.
- TRCC Courses: 2014 September-December courses
- The Bayer Primary School Science Fund: is 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.
- Connected Educator Month: CORE Education is bringing an international Connected Educator Month (October) to NZ, a collaborative calendar of engaging & diverse PD events, communities & resources during Oct – workshops, keynotes, panels, discussions. Sign up online for this digital technologies PD.
- Realise the Dream 2014: Realise 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.
- 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 email@example.com with “Science” in the subject line to be added to a list for email updates.
- ULearn 2014: 8-10 October, Rotorua
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 .