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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • Pogil workshops in NZ:  NZIC and BEANZ are offering the opportunity for you to attend an introductory POGIL(Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning)  workshop to explore the benefits of the POGIL way of learning and the activities that link to our NZ Curriculum. Various venues between 25 June-7 July
  • 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.
  • NZAGC Conference:The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children will hold its 40th anniversary conference – The Many Faces of Giftedness – at Waikato University. 3-5 July. The conference offers both adult and student programmes including the NZ Junior MindGames  Championships. The conference is open to NZAGC members and the general public. Attendees can register for either one day or for the entire 3 day conference.

  • 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.
  • TeachNZ study awards: For Primary teachers and principals. These include study awards, study support grants, sabbaticals. Applications close 6 July.

  • Teachers of Physics: NZIP Conference:6-8 July, The conference theme relates to International Year of Light.
  • Agricultural Experience Day –Massey University (Palmerston North) 7 July. For Year 12 or 13 students Interested in studying agriculture. Free, interactive, hands-on day. 

  • Secret Life of Shampoo! UK chemist Dr Peter Wothers will give demonstration lectures, suitable for all ages, and public talks in New Zealand from 3-14 July 2015. Book online or pay at the door. This lively talk, based around the composition of everyday shampoo, explores the strange history behind the names of the ingredients. What connects a urinating camel to a spiral fossil?  In which brands of shampoo can you find “Fooles Bolloxe” and “beaver testicles”? Under the surface of the dry, impenetrable code understood only by the initiated, the language of the chemist contains a fascinating insight into mankind through the ages from astrology to zoology. This talk guarantees you will never look at a bottle of shampoo in quite the same way again! Wgtn 7July; Palmerston North 8 July; Auckland 14 July

  • Voices of future Generations: An opportunity for our 8-12 year old Pacific Island students to submit a creative story about children’s rights, environmental solutions, and the future that we all want. Deadline is 15 July.
  • WellyED’s Play Date: 18 July 2:00- 4:00 pm.  You are invited you to go  and play digital online and offline games with other educators and discuss learner-driven curriculum and pedagogy.

  • New Zealand’s Next Top Engineering Scientist: This fun and challenging day long competition is for teams of three to four senior students, who have interests in mathematics and science. The 2015 competition will run near the start of term 3, on Saturday the 1st of August. The problem is revealed at 9am 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) on the website . Registrations close Friday 24th of July.
  • The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize:Nominations for this Prize open on 1 May 2015, and close at 5pm (NZST), Friday 31 July, 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.
  • New Zealand International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO):NZIBO  aims to foster interest, participation, and excellence in biology through participation of secondary school students in the New Zealand Biology Olympiad Programme. For more information, and to register for the NZIBO Entrance Exam,visit their website. Registrations Close 7th August.

  • 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.
  • Smart Motorways – technologies making roads safer and more sustainable: A new LEARNZ field trip for Social Sciences and Technology. This field trip will run from 25-27 August and is supported by NZTA. This trip fits well with big ideas like national identity, transport, teamwork, community, citizenship, economic development, and sustainability. We’d love to get your students involved with this nationally significant project, New Zealand’s first smart motorway.
  • 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.
  • TENZ Conference 2015:4-7 October, Hamilton.
  • ULearn 2015 Permission to Play:7–9 October, Auckland
  • 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.
  • 2015 Teacher on-line PLD opportunities:  From CORE Education.
  • TRCC Courses: Current courses available to October ’15
  • House of Science Symposium: 06 Nov, 2015.The House of Science Tauranga is offering a day of networking to the local science community – with Siouxie Wiles as the keynote speaker.There will be something for teachers (primary and secondary), tertiary students, researchers, scientists and local science industry representatives. Registration includes morning tea, lunch and a free drink at the end of the day.


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