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  • Primary Science Week: 4-8 May. The theme is Light.

  • Gibbons Lecture: Beyond touch: using everyday tools as input devices: 7 May, Auckland and live streamed.

  • Beatrice Tinsley Lectures: Astronomy, Cosmology and the Big Question in Nature.4-15 May. Check the website re venues etc.

  • 2015 is the International Year of Light: The New Zealand committee will be running many activities and events throughout the country. Check out the NZAPSE site!

  • Dinosaurs and space-shuttles: Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Napier 5-13 May.  Hear palaeontologist and writer Dr Phil Manning on how space-shuttle technology was used to study a very special fossil dinosaur called Dakota, a 67-million-year-old hadrosaur that had soft tissue preserved. Book your tickets on line!

  • TRLI funding round opens:The 2015 funding round for the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) opens on Monday 2 March. Expression of Interest (EOIs) are due by 7 May. The fund is open to proposals from all sectors of education and training including early childhood, school, and the post school sector.

  • High Country hi-tech: This  new LEARNZ  field trip ,starting 12 May to the McKenzie Country  is about high country hi-tech – using drones, mobile maps and other smart tools in remote New Zealand

  • Science Learning Hub and Conservation: 14 May, 4:00-4:45. Join a free, online, professional development session – exploring the Science Learning Hub to find resources for teaching about conservation. Topics such as Saving Reptiles and Amphibians, Soil, Farming and Science, Life in the Sea, Tōku Awa Koiora (Restoring the Waikato River), Conserving Native Birds, Where Land Meets Sea, Harnessing the Sun (Solar Energy), Enviro-imprints and more will be covered.

  • 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize: The 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize welcomed entries from all books by New Zealand authors published in 2013 and 2014 which communicate scientific concepts in an interesting and readable way for a general audience. Winners announced on 15 May.

  • Google Science Fair: A global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. Submissions deadline is 18 May.

  • Histories of colour and invisibility: Science writer Dr Philip Ball will give two talks for the Society in May 2015: ‘Bright Earth: the Invention of Colour’, 21 May, Wellington and ‘Invisibility: a Cultural History’, 22 May  Christchurch
  • Love your rubbish: This LEARNZ virtual field trip is an opportunity for you and your class to follow a piece of rubbish from a lollipop to the landfill. 9-11 June.

  • Environmental Education Workshop for Teachers: For Southland teachers, 17 June. Email for details.
  • BioLive/ChemEd 2015: Wellington 5-8 July. The focus for this joint conference will be Moving Forward: Pathways and Partnerships for Biology and Chemistry Learning. This year the Biology Educators’ Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) and The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZIC) will run their biennial conferences in tandem for the very first time.

  • Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards – Workshops: To help students prepare their entries for the 2015 Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards competitions will be held from 18 April until 9 May for Year 9-13 students and university undergraduates. The workshops have been specially designed for students who want to learn how to communicate their passion and vision for how science, technology, maths or engineering can provide solutions for the challenges facing New Zealand. The workshops will be held in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Regional competitions will be held in main centres in late July followed by the National Finals in Wellington on 3 September.  The closing date for entries is 19 June.

  • Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring: Applications have opened for the Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring. This biennial award acknowledges mentors who demonstrate outstanding efforts to retain females in science, maths or technology. Nominees can include teachers at primary or secondary schools, who may have mentored, formally or informally, females at any stage in their career – from school age to the science workforce. Nominations close 30 June.

  • Teachers of Physics: NZIP Conference: 6-8 July, The conference theme relates to International Year of Light.

  • The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize: Nominations for this Prize open on 1 May 2015, and close at 5pm (NZST), Friday 31 July, 2015. This Prize will be given in recognition of an outstanding teacher of Science. The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize is worth $150,000 with the recipient receiving $50,000 and the recipient’s school receiving $100,000.
  • Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay/Poetry Competition: New Zealand students (Y 5-8 and Y 9-13) can win an exciting weekend in Twizel, all expenses paid, a kit-set Galileoscope and a visit to the University Observatory at Mt John. The Margaret Mahy Starlight poetry/essay competition is part of the Starlight Festival in Twizel from 9 – 11 October 2015. Prose or poetry can be imaginary, historical or scientifically based. Judges will be looking for knowledge of the southern stars and either good research or imaginative use of astronomy. Entries close 5pm 10 August.

  • TENZ Conference 2015:4-7 October, Hamilton.

  • ULearn 2015 Permission to Play: 7–9 October, Auckland

  • LEARNZ Field Trip Chooser: View all 2015 LEARNZ field trips.

  • 2015 Teacher online PLD opportunities:  From CORE Education.

  • TRCC Courses: Current courses available to October ’15

  • Term 2, 2015 National Newsletters:  including All Sciences including Agricultural and Horticultural Science

  • Enviroteach: This magazine is an environmental education resource for teachers. It is produced quarterly. Visit the website to view past and current issues. The recent issue is all about soil.

  • Cybersafety: The Online Safety Advisory Group (OSAG) has led the development of new guidelines helping schools to apply the law and to understand an issue that’s constantly in flux.

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