Mike’s News 19 Feb

19 Feb 4pm PLD for AHS1.1 Life Processes: Teaching and Learning. Link
20 Feb 4pm PLD for AHS piloteers panel. Link
20 Feb 7pm PLD for PES 1.1 Human Induced changes: course outlines. Link
20 Feb 7:30pm PLD for CB1.1 Microbes: assessment. Link
20 Feb 7:30pm PLD for CB1.2 Reactions: assessment. Link
21 Feb 7:30pm PLD for PES1.2 Investigations: learning outcomes. Link to register.
21 Feb International Mother Language Day link
21 Feb Deadline to apply for Wgtn Zoo’s small grants for conservation. Info here.
22 Feb 4pm PLD for SCI1.1 Science-informed response: assessment. Link
22 Feb 7pm PLD for PES1.3 SME interactions: course outlines. Link.
22 Feb Massey Uni PD day for AgHort teachers at Mt Albert Grammar. Register here.
23 Feb Deadline to apply for regionally allocated PLD
27 Feb Deadline to submit ideas for Zoo play space
29 Feb Deadline for yr 13 students to apply for Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy school
1-31 Mar Melanoma March www.melanoma.org.nz/news-events/recent-news
1-31 Mar Hearing Awareness Month
1-31 Mar Whio Awareness month https://www.doc.govt.nz/whioforever
2-10 Mar Sea week http://seaweek.org.nz/
3 Mar World Wildlife Day http://wildlifeday.org/
3 Mar World Hearing Day https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-hearing-day
4 Mar World Engineering day https://worldengineeringday.net/
Moon FM Feb 25        3Q Mar 4        NM Mar 10        1Q Mar 17
  1. Seaweek 2-10 Mar. Resources:


  1. Mātauranga Māori:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Student opportunities:
  4. Podcasts:


  1. Biology:
    • Activity building a food web from fossil evidence
    • Thinkets for Evolution are tasks to get students thinking critically. (freebie from Getting Nerdy)
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
    • Activity making plastic from milk
    • This article tells the story of the development of our understanding of microwave chemistry (Join Chem world for free to access 2 articles/month).
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Middle School:
    • Join STEM Learning for free to access Brian Cox experiments for 11-14 year olds. These videos explore new technologies with a classroom expt, an industrial application & current research.
  8.  Science:
  9. New standards

Can you help?

  1. House of Science is looking for a driver to deliver to and collect boxes from schools in Rotorua. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=373848632073975&set=g.144591922894729

Professional Learning and Development

  1. Science Learning Hub webinar Th 28 Mar features Rosemary Hipkins and Pauline Waiti exploring the learning benefits of a knowledge systems approach to science. Primary and secondary teachers can register here .
  2. Hivemind free online PLD for primary teachers is running a session on Foaming and Fizzing 4pm on 22 Feb.


  1. STANZ is collecting data on the process of lab design and building in schools to take to MoE so that this process becomes more aligned with laboratory safety & user requirements. Any Science Technician who had had a lab built or refurbished in the past 10 years please fill out this survey.

Cheers, Mike

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