Heads Up

Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • HeadsUp special: Safety Ethics Science Fairs (PDF, 455 kB)
  • Got a Trade Week: 21-28 August. Check out the Taster days!!!!
  • Got A Trade? Got It Made!: The Skills Organisation is offering VIP access to get behind the scenes of a trade career. Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to go along and meet and talk to tradespeople at  their nationwide events. Apprentices and business owners will be there to answer questions, check out their workshops and help decide if it’s the career for your students! Check out what is happening in a location near you and, since places are strictly limited, register now!
  • University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series :From discussing the quality of our water to things we never knew about ‘the Tron’ – there’s something for everyone at the University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series. Free and open to the public, the series is held every Wednesday in August from 6 to 7pm in different locations and is designed to bring together experts and advocates from the community to spark debate and discussion.
  • Friends of Te Papa series on science research: A new series of behind-the-scenes stories of research into the collections and from far away field trips, presented by Te Papa’s science team will run this year. Three early evening sessions will feature a total of nine Te Papa scientists, each of whom is part of an international community as well as a resident expert in their field. They will talk about the work they are currently doing and why it excites them. The first session is on Tuesday 18 August at 6pm. Book on Line.
  • Workshop: Thinking differently about curriculum: Educators who want to think differently about the content of the primary school curriculum are invited to a half day workshop in Wellington on Saturday 22 August. The workshop will explore thinking and assumptions about what we do in primary school and why.
  • LEARNZ: Waterview Connection 2: Going underground with New Zealand`s biggest road project. Starting 4 August 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Hamilton 11 August, Palmerston North 13 August, Wellington 18 August, Christchurch 26 August, Dunedin 27 August, Auckland 7 October
  • Bird Evolution – From Dinosaurs to DNA: Scott Edwards, Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology, Harvard University, is the next Allan Wilson Centre visiting speaker. Book now for  free public talks  in  Wellington 11 August; Napier 12 August, Christchurch 13 August, Nelson, 14 August; Dunedin 17 Au and , 19 August; Auckland
  • 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.
  • Smart Motorways – technologies making roads safer and more sustainable: A new LEARNZ field trip for Social Sciences and Technology. This field trip will run from25-27 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the25th of September.
  • 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
  • 2015 Teacher on-line PLD opportunities:  From CORE Education.
  • TRCC Courses: Current courses available.



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