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The FizzicsEd Podcast

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For educators and teachers working to make STEM amazing... no matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this education show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn. The FizzicsEd Podcast brings in educators from across Australia and around the world to talk about tips, tricks, lessons and learnings they've had whilst working with students in the classroom and beyond. Hosted by Ben Newsome, a science teacher, author and founder of the multi-award winning science outreach team at Fizzics Education.

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For educators and teachers working to make STEM amazing... no matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this education show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn. The FizzicsEd Podcast brings in educators from across Australia and around the world to talk about tips, tricks, lessons and learnings they've had whilst working with students in the classroom and beyond. Hosted by Ben Newsome, a science teacher, author and founder of the multi-award winning science outreach team at Fizzics Education.

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The FizzicsEd Podcast

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For educators and teachers working to make STEM amazing... no matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this education show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn. The FizzicsEd Podcast brings in educators from across Australia and around the world to talk about tips, tricks, lessons and learnings they've had whilst working with students in the classroom and beyond. Hosted by Ben Newsome, a science teacher, author and founder of the multi-award winning science outreach team at Fizzics Education.

Rank #1: Science literacy & PBL revisited

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Meet Isabelle Kingsley, a former science teacher who previously ran the Sydney Science Festival as well as adult programming at the Museum of Applied Arts Museum in Sydney. She is now a researcher in science communication at the University of NSW. In this episode, we talk about the importance of scientific literacy and value of allowing students to explore their learning through guided long-term science projects.

Top 3 learnings
  1. Project-based learning works! Find ways to get students into longer-term projects that allow them to deep dive into a specific area of study.
  2. Be a facilitator in the classroom whereby you let students drive their own learning wherever possible. Let them explore, question, fail, succeed and create… they’ll be better off in the long run! Just be sure to create a safe classroom environment and your students will undoubtedly grow as learners.
  3. Be firm with your guidance as a teacher and become more relaxed as the year progresses. You can make a highly inclusive and engaging classroom environment whilst ensuring that students learn boundaries and what’s appropriate in your classroom.
About Isabelle Kingsley

After being a high school science teacher for four years, Isabelle has worked in the field of informal science education and science outreach at various cultural institutions in Canada and Australia. Isabelle has produced and managed multiple science education initiatives including National Science and Technology Week (Canada), Ultimo Science Festival and the Mars Lab, a world-class STEM education program located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. In her current role at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Isabelle runs the Sydney Science Festival, an annual festival that engages people of all ages in celebrating and appreciating science.

Isabelle has recently embarked on a PhD at the University of New South Wales in the Faculty of Science. Her research aims to understand and measure the effectiveness of informal science education in achieving its objectives of improving people’s understanding, attitudes and perceptions of science.

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

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Dec 24 2017
42 mins
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Rank #2: Teachers helping teachers

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Cherine Spirou and the team at the Lachlan Macquarie College works with hundreds of science teachers across NSW. Working in partnership with the Western Sydney University School of Science and Health, the team puts together a variety of student science events and PLN conferences & meetups, all aimed at accelerating our high schools understanding of their world.

“You have to start getting yourself together a network. It does not work if you don’t have a network of teachers and it’s one of the hardest things that you can actually get. A network of teachers is something you need to have to be successful.”

After chatting with Cherine Spirou, we also look at how to what are the elements of fantastic science presentation plus we revisit a grab from a past episode in which Danielle Leggo from Sydney Olympic Park Authority where she discusses the value of students learning ecological sampling early in their schooling, with a view to setting them up for success later in high school.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

Top 3 learnings

  1. Create a network. Surround yourself with people who have the same growth mindset as you! Your Professional Learning Network will be small to begin with, but it will grow.
  2. Try integrating STEM into the timetable. It is quite an undertaking to mesh a genuine STEM-specific subject into a standard timetable, however the rewards could be huge. Just ensure to work teacher across the faculties to ensure that all curriculum outcomes are being met. This could be a genuine chance or a maker space!
  3. Use failure as a teaching tool. Many guests have talked about this and without a doubt will do so again in the future! It’s when we’re vulnerable and reflective that we open up for new understanding.

About Cherine Spirou

Cherine is currently Head Teacher Science at Fairvale High School in Sydney and coordinator of Lachlan Macquarie College which is a virtual college specialising in promoting science and mathematics to students through enrichment programs and provides professional development of teachers. Her passion for science and education in general is one that she is proud of, as she believes that every student has a right to learn in a fun and safe environment. Currently she works with 13 staff and we have the largest faculty in the school with 23 senior science classes in Years 11 and 12. Cherine also coordinate STEM at Fairvale HS and has integrated STEM into the school timetable as a subject for Year 7 Gifted and Talented students as a trial in 2017 and expanding into 2018.

About the Lachlan Macquarie College

Lachlan Macquarie College is a centre of excellence in Science and Mathematics developing programs for secondary students to enhance their passion and knowledge in the two subjects. It also provides professional development for Science and Mathematics teachers across NSW to assist in the implementation of teaching and learning programs and focusing on improving student learning outcomes.

Contact details for Cherine Spirou

https://lachlanmacquariecollege.weebly.com/

https://twitter.com/CherineSpirou

https://www.facebook.com/groups/awesomenswscienceteachers/

cherine.spirou@det.nsw.edu.au

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Nov 16 2017
38 mins
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Rank #3: California Academy of Sciences Virtual Field Trips

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Virtual science field trips can transport students to any point around the globe in real time. Today we speak with Jacque Benitez, a distance learning science specialist for the California Academy of Sciences. From running programs on astronomy through to penguins, Jacque knows how to engage remote audiences with real-time experiences about their world.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About Jacque Benitez

Jacque Benitez is an Education Specialist for the California Academy of Sciences’ distance learning program. She has been at the Academy in San Francisco, California since 2012. Starting as a planetarium presenter teaching students astronomy. Jacque then took the opportunity to reach students beyond the Bay Area in an innovative way through the Academy’s distance learning program. Since joining the education team, she has tripled its digital outreach and co-designed many of the existing programs offered today. Her mission for distance learning is that every K-8th grade student has the opportunity to explore, explain, and sustain life as a scientist.

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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Apr 28 2018
28 mins
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Rank #4: Science and Engineering Challenge

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Listen to Dr Terry Burns as he describes why science & engineering challenges help students prepare to work collaboratively and creatively in real-world environments.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.About the Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge provides a pathway of memorable and fun experiences for young people during their years at school, through University and into the STEM workforce. The SEC closes the loop by providing training and resources for current preschool to year 12 teachers, and encouraging young people to consider a future career as a STEM teacher. The SEC runs a range of programs but focuses on inspiring students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences and mathematics in years 11 and 12.

About Terry Burns
Terry Burns is a professional science communicator from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is Director of the Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC), a national STEM outreach program that aims to inspire more young people into science and engineering careers. The SEC is recognised as an exemplar in holistic, hands-on STEM outreach and community engagement.

Terry founded the popular SMART program in 1998, and is course coordinator of the online general elective course SCIT2100, Science and Professional Communication. He has won awards in science communication, leadership and work integrated learning.Terry has TAFE and University qualifications in Engineering, and a PhD in science communication. He travels extensively around Australia facilitating, collaborating, speaking and running STEM outreach events. He is very passionate about what he does.

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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Jun 18 2018
39 mins
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Rank #5: #PrimarySTEMChat with Rachael Lehr

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#PrimarySTEMChat comprises a group of highly motivated primary science educators who chat every Thursday night on Twitter about all things primary STEM! Science and digital technology specialist Rachael Lehr drops by to talk about what she knows works in a primary science classroom and the importance of open-ended investigations for growing minds.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About Rachael Lehr

Rachael Lehr is a passionate science specialist teacher at West Beechboro Primary School where she teaches science with a strong hands-on inquiry and STEM focus from years 1 to 6. She has recently taken on the additional role as digital technologies lead teacher in the school and is embedding digital technologies into her science program, as well as assisting class teachers with using digital technologies authentically in their classrooms through coaching and in-class demonstration processes. Rachael also teaches students coding, runs a Minecraft club and is passionate about engaging girls in STEM fields and hosts an after-school STEM club for the senior girls. In addition to her teaching role, Rachael regularly shares with other educators her science and digital technologies teaching practices at Teachmeets, via social media and other professional learning events. She tutors in the Graduate Diploma in Education course at Edith Cowan University and hosts both pre-service teachers and practising teachers at her West Beechboro Primary School to view teaching in action.

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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May 19 2018
44 mins
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Rank #6: YouTube & Science Content

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Ever wondered whether a science video on YouTube, Vimeo or similar does the best job it can in teaching students science? PhD candidate Petr Lebedev from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney is researching exactly that. For Petr, it's not just the content that matters... it's also about whether the video grabs the viewer's attention enough to create deeper questions and reflections on the science behind the visuals.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About Petr Lebedev
Petr Lebedev is a PhD researcher in Physics Education at the University of Sydney. His PhD is focused on how to create physics education videos that don’t just teach content knowledge but encourage reflection in the viewer. He has also worked with Dr Karl as a researcher on his Discovery Show

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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May 05 2018
37 mins
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Rank #7: Inspiring schools creating STEM festivals

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Discover an inspiring story of how 13 schools in the Northern Beaches of Sydney have come together to form the Peninsula Community of Schools, a collaborative group of motivated educators that put on STEM Festivals and so much more. Get inspired! 

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About the Peninsula Community of Schools

The Peninsula Community of Schools was launched in 2007 as a collaborative learning community of 13 public schools on the Northern Beaches; Barrenjoey, Narrabeen Sports and Pittwater High Schools and Avalon, Bilgola Plateau, Collaroy Plateau, Cromer, Elanora Heights, Mona Vale, Narrabeen Lakes, Narrabeen North, Newport and Wheeler Heights Public Schools. The schools partner with each other to provide over 9,500 students from diverse backgrounds from K-12, with new and unique, dynamic learning opportunities that are creative and relevant in the 21 st century.

Since its inception, their successful learning community has been recognised with:

  • a Director General's Award
  • The Cohesive Community of Schools Award
  • NAB Schools First Impact Award

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

Know an educator who'd love this STEM podcast episode? 

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

http://www.aeon.net.au

Jul 01 2018
39 mins
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Rank #8: Townsville STEM hub & more

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Sarah Chapman is on a mission to inspire the next generation of STEM thinkers in QLD and beyond. From setting up the North QLD STEM Hub in Townville to spreading her knowledge gained from her recent Barbara Cail Fellowship into women in STEM, her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. As part of the expert advisory board for Women in Science Australia and the head teacher of science at Townsville State High School, wonder she received the Prime Minister’s Secondary Science Teaching Prize in 2013!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About Sarah Chapman

Sarah has worked tirelessly to promote scientific literacy. Sarah’s work has been recognised with a prestigious Peter Doherty, Outstanding Teacher of Science Award in 2008 (Queensland Government) and an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009 (Teaching Australia).  She also led a cluster of schools to be awarded the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Showcase Award for Excellence in the Middle Phase of Learning in 2009 (Education Queensland).  In 2010 Sarah was awarded the James Cook University Alumni – Outstanding Early Career Award. In 2013 Sarah was acknowledged by being awarded the Prime Minister’s Secondary Science Teaching Prizes. In 2014 she was selected as a Queensland Government Science Champion  and completed a 2016 Barabra Cail fellowship into ' Engaging the Future of STEM: A study of international best practice for promoting the participation of young people, particularly girls, in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).'

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

Know an educator who'd love this STEM podcast episode? 

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

http://www.aeon.net.au/

May 12 2018
42 mins
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Rank #9: Design thinking with Joanne Gadaleta

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Design thinking & scientific literacy come hand in hand when it comes to making STEM shine in the classroom. Joanne Gadaleta has a huge amount of experience when it comes to helping students understand how to think clearly when it comes to problem-solving & ideation and as such has seen primary students across Sydney grow as a result!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Joanne Gadaleta

During her career, Joanne has worked for IBM, set up her own training consultancy, established a ‘Community of Schools’ gifted and talented program, and taught both opportunity and mainstream classes. Currently, she is an Assistant Principal at Oatley Public School. Her passion is ensuring primary students are exposed to quality STEM learning so they can develop a love of science and a thorough understanding of scientific principles and the design thinking process before entering high school.

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

http://www.aeon.net.au/

Jan 31 2019
37 mins
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Rank #10: STEAM Up the Classroom

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Join Tori Cameron, host of the STEAM Up the Classroom Podcast, as she describes her journey in creating a STEAM lab at her school in Massachusetts, USA. We discuss the importance of low and high tech when it comes to maker spaces, how to source materials, ideas for engaging the wider community and much more!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Tori Cameron

Tori Cameron is a STEAM Lab specialist teacher in Massachusetts, USA. Prior to teaching as a specialist, Tori taught grades 4 and 6. While teaching those grades, Tori fell in love with STEM and worked to include it in her lessons in anyway she could. To help learn more about STEM and to help keep the conversation going, Tori decided to start a podcast. Her podcast is called STEAM Up the Classroom and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud or her website http://steamuptheclassroom.com . If you would like to reach out to Tori you can find her on Twitter using @steamuptheclsrm.

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

Know an educator who'd love this STEM podcast episode? 

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

http://www.aeon.net.au/

Sep 28 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #11: Educational Technology with Craig Kemp

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Creating vibrant classrooms with meaningful technology applications is so important! Craig Kemp has tremendous energy when it comes to supporting teachers integrating educational technology across the world. Craig is a highly sought education speaker and his blog was recently named one of the world's top 12 education blogs by the Huffington Post. For Craig it's not just about the technology, it's the "why" that really matters!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Craig Kemp

Craig is a New Zealand born educator with over 13 years experience both in the classroom and in leadership. He is an enthusiastic change agent that is passionate about every aspect of education and making a difference. Craig is based in Singapore and is Head of Digital Learning and Innovation (N-12) at Stamford American International School where him and his team support the authentic and purposeful integration of technology to more than 3000 students, 500 staff and the wider school community.

Craig is well known for his dedication to education through Social Media, with over 36,000 followers on Twitter. He is a professional development speaker whose workshops, seminars, and keynotes not only motivate and inspire educators but also help them develop practical and creative ways of implementing ideas into classroom practice.

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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Sep 03 2018
30 mins
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Rank #12: FizzicsEd now in California!

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Fizzics Education is now on the ground in San Diego! Hear from co-founder Jeanette McConnell of Fizzics Education USA about her work in science outreach and her thoughts on what makes hands-on experiments memorable.

About Jeanette McConnell

A self-professed science nerd, Jeanette has an extensive science background and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry. However, her real passion is sharing her excitement for STEM with others through fun and engaging STEM experiences. Learning science should never be boring! She has experience teaching students from pre-K to the college level – and no matter how old a student is, hands-on learning is always the way to go!

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

Know an educator who'd love this STEM podcast episode? 

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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Aug 06 2018
29 mins
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Rank #13: Museums & Education

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All about museum education and the thoughts behind public exhibitions at the Australian Museum! Ellie Downing is the Manager for Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum and has been involved in science engagement and content creation for many years in the museum sector. Listen in as we chat during the busy lead up to the Australian Museum Science Festival.

About Ellie Downing

Managing the Science Engagements and Events (SEE) team at the Australian Museum, Ellie helps deliver a suite of events and activities within the museum as well as beyond through the Sydney Science Festival, Science on the Road outreach initiatives and other education events. Ellie also is heavily in community science engagement and is the current secretary for the Australian Citizen Science Association's (ACSA) Management Committee whose mission is to advance citizen science through advocacy, collaboration, sharing of knowledge and capacity building.

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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Jul 29 2018
43 mins
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Rank #14: STEMpunk

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This week it's a dual interview... one between Tom Gordon who helps anchor the STEMpunk podcast and Ben from the FizzicsEd podcast! Tom Gordon is a highly accomplished science communicator, where his work at Kickstart at the University of Sydney gives him the chance to show high school students what it is really like to run experiments at the school of physics. In this episode both Tom and Ben interview each other about their thoughts on STEM and why science literacy is so important. Something a little different!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About STEMpunk

STEMpunk podcast is many things from informal chats with the hosts on STEM-based topics, to interviews with STEM professionals and live events, all trying to figure out what STEM is. Hosted by Tom Gordon, Christie McMonigal and Shane Hengst.

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

Know an educator who'd love this STEM podcast episode? 

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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Apr 14 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #15: Inclusion in STEM with the Warren Centre

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From inspiration at school through to developing the next entrepreneurial leaders in STEM, the Warren Centre’s Inclusion² program is designed increase young women's participation and leadership in STEM. Partially funded under the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, Inclusion² together with help from Rare Birds is genuinely about making a difference. Today we speak with Alex Harrington, Chief Operating Officer of the Warren Centre to find out more!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education.

About Inclusion² 

The Warren Centre’s Inclusion² program is the first comprehensive whole of career approach to support women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Currently, female talent is being lost at every stage of the STEM pipeline. In this period of rapid technological change, society requires innovative and adaptive STEM solutions delivered by a diverse cohort of industry leaders. Inclusion² is a multi-tiered program addressing the barriers to diversity in STEM from school to senior executive.

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About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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The FizzicsEd podcast is a member of the Australian Educators Online Network (AEON )

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Mar 29 2018
28 mins
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Rank #16: Australian F1 Grand Prix & STEM

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With the goal of inspiring the next generation, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix has developed the Industry & Innovation Precinct as the destination for students taking part in the Driving Learning education program. Today we chat with Elyse Dawson, the Manager for Industry Integration at the precinct, where we find out how the site's hands-on learning opportunities and STEM challenges are designed to help students see endless opportunities.

"We're always getting bigger & bigger and this year it's exciting to have the STEM challenges and get the kids thinking about this before the event. It's not just an excursion to come and see cars at the event, it's really a day of learning that also can be incorporated into the classroom".

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

More about Elyse Dawson

In her second year working at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Elyse manages the Industry & Innovation Precinct which is designed to showcase Victorian innovation and capabilities in design and manufacturing. During the Australian Grand Prix the site offers a free program for students to attend on the Thursday and Friday to partake in the Driving Learning education program. Students get to enjoy career seminars, hands-on workshops and interactive displays. This year they have over 30,000 students registered!

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https://www.grandprix.com.au/industry-innovation-precinct-drivinglearning-eoi

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/

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Mar 16 2018
24 mins
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Rank #17: Dinosaurs & AAOD

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Ever wanted to know what it's really like to work at a Dinosaur Museum? Well now's your chance as Education Coordinator & Laboratory Supervisor Steven Rumbold takes you behind the scenes at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Situated in the heart of regional QLD, this museum is a thriving research facility where you and your students can join real dinosaur digs and help unearth Australi's ancient past. 

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Steven Rumbold

Steven grew up mad about dinosaurs in Wycheproof, Victoria, where after school he went on to study Archaeology and Zoology at LaTrobe University. While Steven is passionate about those two fields, palaeontology has always been his childhood dream and through AAOD he has been able to live it, having started off as a Tour Guide and grown with Museum over the past 6 years as it continues to expand. Steven is the Education Co-ordinator/ Laboratory Supervisor and is a fully accredited Savannah Guide which the highest Tour Guide accreditation level in Australia.  Steven's role at AAOD is to create engaging, hands-on, learning experiences for school groups that visit the Museum, as well as supervising the participants working of fossils in the Laboratory. Plus, he gets to be involved in annual dinosaur digs!

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

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Feb 04 2018
31 mins
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Rank #18: ReefHQ & enviroED

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Meet Craig McGrogan, an incredibly dedicated environmental educator at Reef HQ Aquarium who for many years has run science workshops, citizen science and ecotourism programs in the heart of tropical north QLD. Reef HQ Aquarium is the National Education Center the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority whose mission is to inspire everyone to protect and conserve the world's largest reef system. In this episode, we chat about the educational school programs on offer, how tertiary students from across the globe can engage in real science on the reef itself as well as their multi-award-winning distance education program that Craig delivers globally whilst diving in their aquarium.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Craig McGrogan

Craig McGrogan is the Senior Education Officer at Reef HQ Aquarium, the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. In addition to a daily programme of talks and tours offered to the visiting public, Reef HQ Aquarium also offers tailored educational programmes for schools from foundation to tertiary level. As part of the Aquarium’s digital outreach education, Craig enjoys getting underwater to present the Reef Videoconferencing programme to schools around Australia and internationally. Reef HQ Aquarium is also a member of the Townsville North Queensland EduTourism consortium, which delivers tailored experiential learning programmes for faculty-led study abroad groups within the local Townsville region. For further information about the Aquarium’s education programmes, please email education@gbrmpa.gov.au or visit http://www.reefhq.com.au/

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

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Jan 28 2018
41 mins
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Rank #19: WorldSTEM revisited

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Primary teacher & #aussieED founder Brett Salakas is an inspirational educator who’s worked to create a global network of motivated people on Twitter to make educational theory into classroom practice that works. In this podcast we chat about his new work in WorldSTEM.co where his mission is simple... to bring STEM education to young people everywhere, in a way that empowers them to shape their own future.

Top 3 learnings

  1. Get on Twitter! If you’re into learning about teaching tips, hacks and resources you really should be on this social media channel. Here you can find like-minded educators with whom you can share what has worked and what hasn’t worked in your lessons plus discover what has worked for others. While you’re at it, join the #aussieED twitter chat!
  2. Aim for continuous improvement. There’s always a better way to work with students to help them understand how the world works. Even if you’ve been teaching for 20+ years there’s always room to grow (plus it models lifelong learning for your kids!).
  3. You don’t know what you don’t know. That can also can mean that you may not know just how AWESOME your lessons actually are… share them! Use portals such as WorldSTEM.co to share your lessons with teachers so that they can learn from you… it’s all about spreading the message and making an impact.

About Brett Salakas

Brett Salakas is an international keynote speaker, an author, the founder of #aussieED, the largest online network of teachers in Australia. He is a Primary School teacher and Google Certified Innovator who, over the past 18 years, has taught in South East Asia and Australia in both public and independent schools. Brett is also the co-founder of the WorldSTEM movement. He is passionately committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice. Brett is all about CONNECTION, COLLABORATION and INSPIRATION.

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

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Dec 29 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #20: Accelerating STEM in Preschools

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Little Scientists Australia is a nation-wide accelerator program for preschool teachers wanting to make STEM shine for early learners. Funded by the Australian Federal Government and supported by PwC, the Little Scientists team is helping prepare young minds by building capacity.

“Am I actually looking at the world with open eyes? How many questions do I have about the world on a regular basis? From our perspective this is the foundation… the more curious I am as an educator, the more exciting discoveries I can make with my children”. Sibylle Seidler

After chatting with Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider from Little Scientists Australia, we also look at easy ways you can run science lessons for toddlers plus we revisit a grab from a past episode in which Adam Selinger from the Childrens Discovery Center discusses why modelling mistakes, failure and omissions can be a trigger for deeper learning in hands-on science lessons.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Little Scientists

Little scientists offers a professional development program in STEM for early childhood educators and teachers that work with young children aged 3-6 years. Their unique and comprehensive program provides an affordable opportunity to upskill in inquiry-based learning in STEM with a long-term impact on each child’s STEM confidence and individual educational journey. 
www.littlescientists.org.au.

Top 3 learnings

  1. Target misconceptions from early on. Ask lots of questions!
  2. Identify your why? The more curious you are as an educator, the more kids will follow you.
  3. Embrace that kids at this age love science, even if you don’t use the word ‘science’ specifically. It’s all about exploring and discovery. As you try more and more experiments, your confidence will grow.

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Oct 20 2017
37 mins
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