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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • Hats on for Spring & Summer!From September to April we need to protect our skin from the sun’s rays. Preventing sunburn and skin damage lowers your risk of getting skin cancer. The Cancer Society is reminding staff & students to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP & WRAP. Slip on a long sleeved shirt and collar, slop on at least SPF 30 sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat and wrap on some sunglasses. To teach the WHY of SunSmart, visit and check out the Levels 1-8 cross-curricula resources .
  • 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.
  • Antarctica Online: This 6 week  fully online course, offered by Victoria university’s  Science in Society group and featuring lectures filmed onsite in Antarctica, examines contemporary Antarctic scientific research and places it in a wider scientific, historical, political, social and cultural context. Participants will learn to think critically about the value of Antarctic field research and to look at the different ways scientists, policymakers, journalists and artists engage with Antarctic science and the Antarctic continent more broadly. The course consists of three two-week modules on Antarctic history, geology and culture. 28 Sep – Fri 6 Nov
  • 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.
  • The Age of Resilience: As momentum builds towards an international climate change agreement at the UN COP 21 conference in Paris, New Zealand and French experts discuss humanity’s capacity to adapt, become resilient and address the greatest challenge posed to human existence.  Three public panel discussions, chaired by Kim Hill, took place in late August and are now being broadcast on Radio New Zealand.
  • TENZ Conference 20154-7 October.
  • At Six: How to discover a planet from your sofa: 5 October. Wellington. Astronomers have discovered that planets are common, but many are stranger than we could possibly have imagined. In this talk, Professor Chris Lintott will explore new discoveries, ask whether aliens are out there somewhere, and explain how you can help in the search.
  • 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.
  • The microbial melee – antibiotic resistant superbugs vs bacteriophages :12 October. Rotorua .The Royal Society of New Zealand Rotorua Branch presents a talk by Dr Heather Hendrickson, Massey University. One of the key science questions of our time is how to beat bacteria in an age where antibiotics are no longer effective.  
  • ULearn 2015 Permission to Play7–9 October, Auckland
  • 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. Auckland  7 October
  • Getting ready for earthquakes with LEARNZ: Field trip starts 13 October.  What will you do in an earthquake? Last year 26.5 million people around the world joined ShakeOut drills to practise how to be safer during earthquakes. During this field trip you will join with students at Waitākiri school in Christchurch to prepare for the second New Zealand ShakeOut event on the 15th of October.
  • ShakeOut: What will you do in an earthquake? Last year 26.5 million people around the world joined ShakeOut drills to practise how to be safer during earthquakes. During this field trip you will join with students at Waitākiri school in Christchurch to prepare for the second New Zealand Shakeoutevent on the 15th of October.
  • Further Together 201517 October .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, it is by invitation only. 
  • DigMyIdea: Māori Innovation Challenge: DigMyIdea aims to grow Māori involvement in Aotearoa’s digital economy, inspiring entrepreneurs with great ideas to build digital businesses with export potential. The challenge calls on entrants to submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global. Ideas could be anything from an app to a web initiative, or ways to enhance or add digital elements to a more traditional enterprise. Entrants can submit applications in te reo Māori or te reo Pākehā. There are two entry categories: Māuri oho: Youth category (15 years to 18 years)* and Māuri tū: Open category (anyone 19 years and above).*as of 18th October 2015 DigMyIdea is now open, and entries close on Sunday 18 October 2015.
  • Big Science Day : 31 October. 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.
  • Discovery Awards 2016: Applications are now open for the Discovery Awards 2016. The Discovery Awards – Te Tohu Huraina is a programme designed for year 12 or 13 Māori and Pasifika secondary pupils, who have demonstrated their interest in science. Applications close Friday 16 October 2015
  • Light competition for schools: There are different competitions for Primary, Intermediate, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary students. More info about the competition is also on the Year of Light NZ website: Closing Date: November 15th
  • Create Habitat Heroes: The Department of Conservation is bringing you the Habitat Heroes competition supported with free teaching resources to help you teach your students how to understand their local environment, using simple, scientific methods. Closes 15 November.
  • 2015 Teacher on-line PLD opportunities:  From CORE Education.
  • TRCC Courses: Current courses available.
  • NZAEE Conference9-12 February 2016. Auckland. Registrations and Call for Abstracts are now open.
  • SeaWeek 201627 February -6 March 2016. The theme for 2016 will be “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.
  • 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.
  • DEANZ conference 2016:  17 -20 April 2016

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