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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • ANZAC Day and WWI contexts for learning in technology: Monuments are being refurbished, poppies are being made, and exhibitions launched as we commemorate ANZAC day and the centenary of the First World War. These commemorations provide relevant contexts for teaching and learning in the technology curriculum.This ToL collection of resources from provides support for exploring technology understandings in the contexts of historical events and technological products in the past.

  • Technology Online event – Nature of Technology : Wednesday April 29, 3.45pm–4.45pm .Technology Online (TOL) is the Ministry of Education’s website for the learning area of technology. This TOL online event is the first to pick up on requests made in a recent survey. Register for this free event here.  You will be sent login details just before the date.

  • 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.

  • A Moving Landscape Of Wildlife Genetics: Various venues. 21-30 April .Dr Stephen O’Brien is Chief Scientific Officer at St Petersburg State University, and author of science adventure stories, Tears of the Cheetah and other Tales from the Genetic Frontier. Public talks. Check for dates, venues and times.
  • Science without Borders® Challenge: “Reef Relationships” is the theme for this yearly art competition that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The international competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. To participate, challengers must submit an original piece of artwork by Monday, April 27, 2015.
  • Primary Science Week: 4-8 May. The theme is Light.
  • 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 2015. 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • TENZ Conference 2015:4-7 October, Hamilton.
  • CONNECTED – evidence of exciting, engaging science!: How do dolphins find things underwater? Why did the cork pop out of the bottle? Are the kākahi in the Whanganui River disappearing? How do aerodynamics help you win a cycling race? All the articles in the latest issues provide authentic and engaging examples of how scientists work together and use evidence to support their ideas. Some of the articles also have links to maths and technology.
  • Senior Secondary Curriculum Guide for technology: The level 7 achievement and learning objectives section, which includes specific guidance about the related NCEA achievement standards, is now available online.
  • How to unboil an egg:  It’s so obvious that it’s practically proverbial: you can’t unboil an egg. But actually, it turns out that you can — sort of. This TEDEd explains the process by which mechanical energy can undo what thermal energy has done.


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