Mike’s News May 16

16 May Partial lunar eclipse, 5:18-6:50 pm info here (link now corrected)
16-20May Primary Science Week (T2 wk3) http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/ Antarctic science
16-20 May Techweek https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/programme/
17 Apr World Haemophilia day http://www.wfh.org/en/page.aspx?pid=492
18 May 1Fascination of Plant Day www.plantday12.eu
20 May World Bee Day https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day
20 May Pink Shirt Day NZ (bullying) www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/ and Bullying-free NZ
22 May International Biodiversity Day www.doc.govt.nz
29May-7 Jul All 7 planets visible at once in the night sky. Some info here.
29May-4Jun Samoan language week www.mpia.govt.nz
31 May World Smoke-free Day www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz
Moon FM May 16      3Q May 23      NM May 30      1Q Jun 8
  1. Matariki – This website has a wealth of information on mātauranga Māori around Matariki https://www.inmotion.org.nz/matariki-the-star
  2. Latest dates for Prof Brian Cox’s visit here are 12 Dec Auckland, 8 Dec Wgtn
  3. Early-bird registrations for the biennial conference for Chem & Bio teachers have now re-opened at https://chemedbiolive.org/. Those who registered in 2021 don’t need to redo this.
  4. M9 – in celebration of Matariki 9 wahine toa present their stories of inspiration, empowerment and entertainment. $50 https://heartofthecity.co.nz/auckland-events/m9
  5. Primary Science week: join Education Perfect with your primary aged students for a live Q&A with glaciologist Dr Wolfgang Rack and geographer Shanelle Dyer on Thur 19 May 11.30 – 12.15. Register here: https://hsl.educationperfect.com/antarctic-scientists-qa
  6. Café Scientifique Tauranga Natural Hazards in the BOP 16 May, 7pm at Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club Inc, 90 Keith Allen Drive .
  7. Outdoor classroom day, 19 May is a global movement. DoC’s resources for the day
  8. Waitaki Geopark webinar about the story in the stones. Hear about the science of Pillow lava, Diatoms, Bryozoans and Penguins and an art activity. Tues 17 May, 6:30-7:30pm. https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpfuCspz0iG9Eh9KIi4gjINJBSg5S4iRcA
  9. House of Science AGM 17 May 6pm 2 McCord Ave, Judea. RSVP info@houseofscience.nz


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
  3. Teacher Opportunities:
    • SCENZ is offering $500 travel/accommodation grants for chemistry teachers attending the ChemEd/BioLive conference in Auckland in Nov. Targeted to inexperienced/non-specialist or isolated teachers. Apply to Suzanne by week 7.
  4. Revision:
  5. Science Careers:
    • Ak Uni’s Women in Engineering Network offers a buddy program with women engineers and. 5 events on campus May – Oct. Info here.
  6. Theresa Cowan has shared her table of the 16 L1 standards we can use in the sciences: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/NCEA-L1-Matrix-SC_CB_PES_AGH-2022.docx
  7. Vote for Aotearoa’s Tree of the Year: www.treeoftheyear.co.nz
  8. Louise Geck is looking for volunteers for her Masters’ thesis on the effect of online PLD about culturally responsive inclusive learning environments. Please contact Louise at lgec521@aucklanduni.ac.nz


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  EfS:
  8.  Science:
    • School Journal article The Memory Toolbox teaches students about short and long-term memory

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. STEM Learning (UK) has some free online PLD available on demand (primary & secondary)
  2. Science Learning Hub is running a free PLD webinar on Kaitiakitanga, Th 2 Jun, 4-4:45pm. Tame Malcolm will share some of his understandings – including karakia and pūrākau connected to caring for the whenua. Register here to join. More info here.
  3. Learning Network NZ has some PLD on leadership coming up (and one on ILE’s)

Cheers, Mike

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