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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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    • 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

    • Inaugural Earle lecture: ‘Visioneering a Future’: 23 July , 7-9pm Location: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. All are welcome to this free lecture where Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, will speak on ‘Visioneering a Future’. Engineering and technology has shaped our society and defined who we are. Sir Peter will be presenting a vision of what the future may look like and the role engineering and technology has in realising it.

    • Ten by ten: ‘Powering the future’, 24 July, Auckland and livestreamed. In this talk, ‘Powering the future,’ Dr Jeff Tallon FRSNZ, Principal Scientist at Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, will outline how New Zealand scientists have been pivotal in the slow task of making superconductors more practical: finding materials that superconduct at significantly higher temperatures; making superconducting wires less brittle; and helping us understand the complex and still-mysterious physics involved.The talk is free and is open to the general public. However, to ensure a seat, please register to obtain a ticket. Enquiries: 04 472 7421 or lectures@royalsociety.org.nz.This event is also being livestreamed on i-film NZ ScienceYou can visit the page to save the event to your calendar and click the green ‘Follow’ button if you would like to receive email reminders about when livestreamed events are about to take place. Visit the RSNZ  website for full details of the 2014 Ten by Ten talks celebrating 20 years of the Marsden Fund.

    • New Zealand’s Next Top Engineering Scientist: This annual competition is a problem solving team event for secondary students. A fun and challenging competition is for teams of three or four Year 12 or 13 students, who have interests in mathematics and science. The 2014 competition will run near the start of term 3, on Saturday the 2nd of August. The problem is revealed at 9 am in the morning and students work in their teams to provide a solution by 6pm of that day.  First prize is $6,000 plus there are two runner-up prizes of $2,000. For more information and to register your team(s) see the Department of Engineering Science website at the University of Auckland. Registrations close Friday 25th of July.
    • Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori:Te wiki o te reo Māori or Māori language week takes place between21 -27 July 2014. The theme for this year is ‘Te kupu o te wiki’, The word of the week’. This theme ensures that te reo Māori is promoted and learned throughout the year. The resource page is packed with resources, stories, and tools to help you learn and celebrate te reo Māori with your students.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • #edchatNZ: (A community for New Zealand educators across all sectors to discuss all things education.) is holding a confernceFriday, 8-9  August 2014, in Auckland
    • TRCC Courses:  2014 September-December courses
    • 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 workshops@nzcer.org.nz 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, 2014. Nelson. This conference will showcase international and national research, paper presentations and innovative workshops.

    • Spaceward  Bound New Zealand 2014. Find out more about this  programme by visitin  the RASNZ website for more information and application details.

    • Clearing the Air:  A new education resource for Hawke’s Bay schools ( but which could be adapted !!) This kit has information about air quality in Hawke’s Bay, why winter air pollution happens, and most importantly, what we can all do at home to help.  Included are individual and class activities, and science experiments. Clearing the Air is an environmental education programme designed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.The resource supports the Ministry of Education’s Education for Sustainability guidelines .The NZC material in this resource is designed for students in Years 4 to 8.Click to see the link on  the Council’s website.
    • Resource Database for Astronomy and Space Science: The Education Group of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand has developed an online database called Resources for Education in Astronomy and Space Science Database (READ).READ is available on the Education Group’s website . Anyone can search the database, but teachers who are registered in READ can upload resources and write reviews on resources already in the database. The website of the Education Group itself already contains supporting information and material for anyone involved in teaching or studying various aspects of astronomy and space science.

    • Wasp Traps:  Cheap and simple way in how to make a simple wasp trap using a plastic bottle and some cheap Coke. This is a low-cost way to help bees and butterflies  defend themselves against marauding wasps.

    • Teaching about fossils? The Earthlearningidea team has introduced a new ‘Fossils’ category in their  Teaching strategies . There is a separate ‘dinosaur’ section too! Check out resources about New Zealand fossils  from GNS;  Dating NZ’s past with the Science Learning Hub,  Te Ara  and Joan Wiffen  

    • An Aura of Success: On the 10th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Aura spacecraft, here are 10 examples of how the satellite has changed our view of dust, pollution, aerosols, and ozone in our atmosphere.

    • Nrich:  Promotes the learning of mathematics through problem solving and enriching  mathematical experiences.

    • Pollen: Take a peek into the world of pollen. Photos of pollen up close.

    • Kyle Counts and Kira Counting Game: Free  downloads  for iPad apps

    • 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. 

    • Fluorescent dye highlights surprising beauty of sponges: To study how sponges filter feed, researchers injected a harmless fluorescent dye into the water near the animals and filmed as the dye passed through them.

    • From the Biotech Learning Hub: Flu drug effectiveness questionedNaked ScienceTriclosan gets up your nose;Women in Genetics

    • 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.

    • The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake:How does a mathematician cut a cake?

    • Fractal Machine: With just a few rules, this website can draw strange and wonderful patterns.

    • Tsunami Deposits: Check out this GNS video explaining how tsunami deposits are formed using a wave tank. 



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