Mike’s News 11 Oct

10-15 Oct International Wetlands conference exploring traditional knowledge
10-16 Oct Earth Sciences week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
12 Oct Ada Lovelace day, women in STEM http://findingada.com/
13-14 Oct ULearn https://core-ed.org/events/ulearn/
14-15 Oct iWahine NZ leadership Hui https://www.iwahine.nz/LeadershipHui
14 Oct World Sight Day http://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day
16 Oct International Observe the Moon night https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/
16 Oct World Food Day www.fao.org/wfd/
17-23 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
19-21 Oct Education Perfect exam to select Chemistry Olympiad training group
21 Oct Peak of Orionids meteor shower https://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
23 Oct Mole day http://www.moleday.org/
24 Oct World polio day http://wpd.typepad.com/worldpolioday/
25 Oct Labour Day
Moon 1Q 13 Oct     FM 21 Oct     3Q 29 Oct     NM 5 Nov
  1. The Chem Ed / BioLive website has now been updated with the new dates and info for the 2022 conference. https://chemedbiolive.org/
  2. The 2021 AGM of Earth and Space Science Educators of New Zealand (ESSENZ) will be held on Sat 30 Oct from 10 am to 1 pm. If you wish to attend and/or have agenda items please contact Jenny by 23 Oct. earthspacenz@gmail.com
  3. Webinar on understanding climate change from a te Ao Māori perspective, Wed 20 Oct 12-1pm. http://www.maramatanga.co.nz/webinar-he-huringa-ahurangi-changing-climate
  4. Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebirds Centre is hosting a webinar Tues 19 Oct at 8pm on the story of the 2021 project tracking the godwit’s marathon migration. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1516336367113/WN_O–QyK0bT36qpghioGBGHQ
  5. Resource for Niue Language Week: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Common-phrases-Niuean-2p.docx


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
  3. Pedagogy:
  4. Professional reading/watching:
  5. Student opportunities:
    • The Experience Ecology in Action science camp in December is designed for year 12-13 students interested in the environment. Activities will include monitoring bats, studying the effect of climate change on shore birds and monitoring native fish and invertebrates in freshwater. https://www.ecoquest.co.nz/experience-ecology-in-action/


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science:
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5. Primary & intermediate:
  6.  EfS:
  7. STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths)
    • Those teaching STEM may want to consider using STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineer-ing, Mathematics & Mātauranga) – an acronym inspired by the Pūhoro Charitable Trust.
    • The PocketLab has a free online conference 28 Oct and they are looking for science teachers to share something creative from their classroom – make a 2-min video saying your name and where you teach, your creative idea and how other teachers can implement it. Send to contact@thepocketlab.com by Wed Oct 13.
  8.  Science


  1. Teachers wanting to be involved in the Subject Expert Groups to develop new L2 standards in Outdoor Ed, Computer Sci, Environment & Societies & others need to apply by 25 Oct https://ncea.education.govt.nz/expressions-interest-subject-expert-groups

Cheers, Mike

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