Mike’s News May 20

20 May World Metrology Day http://www.worldmetrologyday.org/
22 May       International Biodiversity Day www.doc.govt.nz      
23 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, Southwell Scool, 200 Peachgrove Rd, Hamilton
24 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 81 Truman Lane, Tauranga
24 May Deadline to email t-shirt designs to Royal Society T-shirt competition.
25 May RS Matariki talk, 5pm, Raumanga Campus, 51 Raumanga Valley Rd, Whangarei
25 May Centrally Funded PLD Proposal due Tai Tokerau
26May-1Jun Samoan language week www.mpia.govt.nz
31 May World Smoke-free Day www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz
31 May Early bird registration for U-Learn conference closes.
1 Jun World milk day https://worldmilkday.org/
Moon 3Q May 27           NM Jun 3           1Q Jun 10           FM Jun 17        

Other Dates

  1. Dr Alison Campbell will run 2 Scholarship Bio workshops at Logan Park High School Dunedin 9am- 2.30pm: Teacher PLD Sun 9 June, student workshop Mon 10 June. To register contact Prue Casey pru.casey@obhs.school.nz
  2. Resources for Samoan language week next week:


  1. Science Careers:


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Astronomy:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Literacy:
  7. EfS:


  1. A checklist for a 90935 task (L1 physics investigation) based on the standard: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/90935-Task-marking-grid.docx
  2. At the Subject Association forum, NZQA said they were expecting to offer online exams for AgHort L1-3 and EfS L2 in the sciences. 
  3. BEANZ is again offerin g exams to buy: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/BEANZ-2019-Exam-Info-Invoice-n-order-Form.pdf                                                                                      .

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. TRCC & Royal Society Primary science course – Wellington 8 Jul, Hamilton 10 Jul, Greymouth 30 Sep, Alexandra 2 Oct. https://trcc.org.nz/category/course-fliers/
  2. Encounters in Citizen Science conference 24-26 May 2020, Trieste, Italy. Given Trieste’s scientific reputation and particular geography, the conference theme will focus on junctures in science: between scientists and citizens; between East and West, North and South; and between the many fields of citizen science. https://ecsa.citizen-science.net/blog/encounters-citizen-science-ecsa-2020-conference

Cheers, Mike