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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • Going Super Heavy (2015 Rutherford Lectures): Distinguished professor Peter Schwerdtfeger about going super heavy – the end of the periodic table of elements. Go to the website to register.  Christchurch 26 August, Dunedin 27 August, Auckland 7 October
  • Kea – our threatened mountain parrot-the LEARNZ way: 8-10 September.Our kea is the world’s only mountain parrot. They are sociable, curious, highly intelligent and fun. However, they are now nationally endangered.

  • Ten by Ten: Luminaries: Sept-Nov. In recognition of the International Year of Light, ten New Zealand speakers will address the many facets of light in the 2015 Ten by Ten series.

  • Fuel Your School: The Royal Society of New Zealand is partnering with Caltex to launch ‘Fuel Your School’. Both Primary and Secondary schools can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 for resources to help their teaching of STEM. You can download the application form from the website, now, but you will be able to submit it online between 24th August -20 September.

  • The Age of Resilience: Public discussions between French and New Zealand experts around the theme of climate change and society. 26 August (Auckland), 27 August ( Wellington), 1 September (Christchurch).
  • Question it – Science in Queenstown: As part of Queenstown Research Week, August 30 – September 3. From debates, kids workshops and public talks to “scifest” favourites like Dining in the Dark and The Science of Beer, there’s something on for all ages, so don’t miss out on some of the unique events.
  • Teach First NZ:are recruiting for their 2016 cohort. Their second, and final round of applications close  Monday the 31st of August 
  • 2016 MESNZ Engineering Scholarship: As part of the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand’s objective to encourage New Zealand students into tertiary education in the field of engineering technology, a MESNZ Engineering Scholarship worth up to $5,000 is being offered for the specific purpose of covering tuition fees in 2016. Applications close on 31 August 2015.
  • Edna Waddell Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering  The scholarships are for women beginning their undergraduate degree in engineering or technology and are open to school leavers and mature women. The first scholarships were awarded in 2009, and to date 21 young women have been awarded scholarships of $5,000 for their first year of study. Of those, four chose to study food technology at Massey University. Closing date for applications is 1 September.

  • 2016 Teacher Study Awards:Teach NZ offers Teacher Study Awards and other professional development opportunities. The awards allow educators to complete a qualification, take time off each week to study while teaching, move to another curriculum or subject area, or take time off to research a topic of interest. They also offer other professional development opportunities.. Applications for the next “Award of Interest” are due 7th September.

  • LEARNZ- Kea:New Zealand’s threatened mountain parrot.  8 September
  • The Someday Challenge: The challenge is to make a short film about sustainability. Entries close11  September
  • Worley Parsons is providing three Professional Engineering Scholarships to Y13 students about to begin an Engineering degree at a University in New Zealand. The Scholarships are designed to assist the young people of Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and Northland to further their ambitions and opportunities toward a career as a Professional Engineer. The Scholarships will have a value of $5,000 each, which will be paid in four annual instalments of $1,250. Students may be given the opportunity to undertake part of their required professional work experience for their degree at Worley Parsons after completion of their 3rd year of University study. Each recipient will also be appointed a Graduate Engineer as a mentor from Worley Parsons Graduate Development Organisation (GDO) who will maintain a relationship with the recipient throughout their time at University. Applications close on the 25th of September.
  • NZ International Year of Light: 2015 is the International Year of Light (IYL) and there have been many events around New Zealand themed around light and light based technologies.The New Zealand IYL committee is hosting a competition for schools all around New Zealand. There is a chance to win a cash prize for the winning students  as well as a set of “Light Matters” experiment kits for their classrooms.Entries close on October 1st.

  • Te Huakirangi Māori Science Summer School: 28 Nov-4 Dec: Te Huakirangi Māori Science Summer School is open to Year 11 students who have an interest in science and who will continue to study science in Year 12.Te Huakirangi Māori Science Summer School is a fun-packed week-long science experience, held on campus at the University of Waikato. This summer school is open to Year 11 students who have an interest in science and who will continue to study science in Year 12. Registrations are now open and applications must be submitted by 2 October.

  • TENZ Conference 2015:4-7 October,
  • Powering Potential: This exciting national event will be launching in December 2015 for forty successful and passionate science students who are in Year 12 and Year 13. Powering Potential will not only challenge students but will also enhance their problem solving, team building and collaboration skills.  They will get to meet and make friends with lots of other like-minded students from all over New Zealand.  They will also network and talk with scientists who have had to solve their own problems. Powering Potential will be inspiring, fun, challenging and empowering. Students that are selected will learn lots about themselves and will be encouraged and mentored to think outside the square so that they will be motivated, divergent thinkers in the future. Powering Potential will take place in Wellington from 13 – 16 December 2015. All nomination/application material must be received by 4pm on 6 October 2015.
  • ULearn 2015 Permission to Play: 7–9 October, Auckland
  • Further Together 2015:17 Oct, 2015.Auckland.This year’s annual Teach For All Global Conference draws together CEOs, teachers, alumni, supporters and board members of Teach For All partners across the world, along with local education partners and supporters, and serves to inspire and challenge them about their work towards educational excellence for all.There is a wide range of speakers and, though attendance is free, itis by invitation only. 
  • Big Science Day :31 Oct. Christchurch. Bringing together industry, tertiary institutions and Science and Technology interest groups, Science Alive presents a day of innovation and excitement in Cathedral Square. Come and see the science shows, explore the latest locally designed gadgets, and learn about career pathways into these industries. Designed for all ages but specifically aimed at youth, this interactive free event promises to be a great day out..

  • 2015 Teacher on-line PLD opportunities:  From CORE Education.
  • TRCC Courses: Current courses available.
  • DEANZ conference 2016: 17 -20 April 2016

  • NZAEE Conference: 9-12 February 2016. Auckland. Registrations and Call for Abstracts are now open.
  • DEANZ Award 2016:Applications are now invited for the 2016 DEANZ Award, which will be presented at the 2016 conference in Hamilton from 17-20 April, 2016. The DEANZ Award is open to individuals or groups in New Zealand, or New Zealand citizens living overseas, who have completed a project that meets the criteria of the Award. The deadline for submission of projects in 2016 is 12 February, 2016

  • “CHASING ICE”: Capturing the   largest glacier calving ever filmed

  • An Empty Space?  We often think of air as just empty space, but it’s actually a fluid. So how heavy is it? And if it’s so heavy, why doesn’t it crush us? A TED Ed.

    ‘Karstic scenery in 60 seconds: An ELI modelling the chemical weathering of limestone where  pupils compare the results of water on sugar cubes with features which develop as a result of the chemical weathering of limestone.

    Forensic investigation into a Cretaceous crime scene: Dinosaur death – did it die or was it killed? Was this a Cretaceous crime scene? Use  rock and fossil forensic evidence to find out.

  • T-News on Tech Link: August 2015 
  • Mars Society New Zealand: New website

  • Your guide to galaxies: Don’t know your elliptical from your spiral galaxy?

  • Weapons of maths destruction: Are calculators killing our ability to work it out in our head?

  • LEARNZ: LEARNZ field trips remain online for continued use. View all 2015 field trips on the LEARNZ Field Trip Chooser.

  • Humanity is winning the fight against the poliovirus. Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation celebrated one year with no new polio infections in Africa.

  • Our Moon: A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory took some amazing photos of the Moon passing in front of the Earth.

  • Blood Pressure!!!Find out how blood pressure works. A Ted-Ed.

  • Space… and lots of it! Check out the latest SLH newsletter.

  • Monitoring a Lake: The crater lake of Ruapehu is a window into the processes that are occurring deep below its surface – at least if you are a volcanic geochemist. Have a look at this new video from GNS Science that describes what the scientists are looking for when they monitor the lake.

  • It’s a Bugs Life Science Education Resource : Some great ideas for teachers of very young students.



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