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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • The chemistry (and physics) of highlighter colours.

  • MOTAT’S  Science Street Fair. Auckland, Sunday 29 March  .Attend  MOTAT’s amazing Science Street Fair and meet a range of scientists from The University of Auckland and beyond who are expanding New Zealand’s scientific boundaries. A variety of hands on exhibitions and activities will be on display for the whole family.

  • Dreaming about numbers: Have you ever spent all day doing sums? Did you spend that night dreaming about numbers?

  • Educampwelly: Wellington: 28 Feb, 2015: This is the launch event for WellyED, the connected educators group in Wellington. The aim is to support, inspire and collaborate educators from all sectors. 

  • Just get 10 : Click on a group of numbers to combine them in this tricky game.

  • Barcoding New Zealand swamp hens

  • ‘Jaffa Moon’: Model the phases of the Moon using Jaffa cakes? Having discovered how the light part of the Moon changes shape over a lunar month, pupils are asked to reinforce this learning by cutting Jaffa cakes into shapes to simulate the light part of the Moon. By placing these on second dark-side-up Jaffa Cakes, they can see how the dark part of the Moon changes shape at the same time. They then test their understanding by identifying correct versions of predictive sentences which are provided.

  • Digging into Data: CensusAtSchool New Zealand – TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa: This is a first port of call for New Zealand teachers looking for information and support for their teaching of statistics. The site contains a large number of original quality teaching resources including workshops, presentations, classroom activities, research papers, interactive data analysis tools, real student data sets and essential links to other statistics websites.It also facilitates the collection of real, relevant student data through its biennial online census for Years 5-13 as part of the international CensusAtSchool project.

  • ‘Why is the Dead Sea dead? – measuring salinity’. This ELI  involves a simple activity to measure the density of water of different salinities. Students can visualise how the measurement of the density of a liquid equates to the commercial measurement of density in situations like that of the Dead Sea and the Great Salt Lake.

  • ‘Make your own soil’. This ELI has  pupils using a little water, mixing together the organic and inorganic components of a typical soil. This activity can be used in any lesson about the environment, rocks and landscape, agriculture, gardening or investigations out of doors.

  •  ‘How many Great Great Great Great Grandparents? – finding out how we inherit our characteristics’: This ELI involves a class discussion about numbers of ancestors and how these affect our make-up. 

  • ‘How many Beany Beetles? – the evolution game; investigating evolution by adaptation and natural selection’:  this game provides an introduction to the theory of evolution and is a useful activity for cross-curricular work covering science, geography, literacy, numeracy and art.

  • Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Teaching . New!!!! This course is ready for Trimester 1  (March 2nd) and  Open Polytechnic are offering fee-free study for this Certificate; for T1, 2015. It’s a great opportunity for working teachers to study from home  and expert mentoring.

  • Youth Guarantee Website has had a makeover!The Youth Guarantee website has been refreshed, making it more modern and easier to navigate.

  • Talented School Students Travel Award: Financial support for intermediate and secondary school students who have been selected on a national basis to attend international science and technology events. The Talented School Students Travel Award is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The funding will help cover their direct travel costs to international science and technology based events outside New Zealand.

  • Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards: The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open for entries.  These awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary, and secondary schooling.  Eligibility criteria and entry forms are available from the website. Entries close at 5:00pm, Friday 20th March 2015.

  • 2015 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge: Remember to send in your RoI. before 28 January 2015.
  • WelTec Engineering Technology CREST Challenge: A new challenge for Lower Hutt Bronze CRESTers.Send in your RoI by 23 January 2015
  • ICT-Connect CREST Challenge: New and exciting CREST challenge for Wellington City  computer studies students. Register your interest by 23 January 2015
  • Education Group of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand: This website has moved to a new domain and has a new format. Also new are regular articles on current topics of interest for education in  Astronomy and Space Science and also a Latest News section.

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