Mike’s News Jul 19

19 Jul Café Scientifique, COVID variants, 7-9 pm, 90 Keith Allen Dr., Tauranga
21Jul1969 1st moon walk https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/apollo11.html
1-7 Aug Cook Islands Maori Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
Moon FM 24 Jul     3Q 1 Aug     NM 9 Aug     1Q 16 Aug
  1. Matariki resource collections from
  2. EfS PLD: With new funding the NZ Association for Environmental Education want to find out what role they can play. Two speakers & discussion. bit.ly/3rbmb8L Wed 21 Jul, 3-5:30pm
  3. Finding Ada, an online conference for women in STEM, is on next week, with a day of sessions timed so NZers can even join live! https://findingada.com/…/the-finding-ada-conference-2021
  4. Link for those who did not get Mike’s News last week https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/mikes-news-jul-12/


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching:
  4. Student opportunities:
    • Space for Planet Earth Challenge –This new competition invites schools to use satellite technology to help improve the monitoring of coral health changes. Mentoring, data and technology support available. Proposal submissions open Aug 2.


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
    • The first 5 mins of this video explains how we know the age of the universe
    • An ABC article that includes an animation about the expected Alpine Fault earthquake.
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
    • Siouxsie Wiles article on how to spot COVID-19 misinformation
  8. Science of COVID:
  9.  EfS:
  10.  Science
    • Lightning lectures from UK’s Royal Society summarising some of the big questions in science by the researchers tackling them, in an easy-to-access YouTube playlist.


  1. Next accord days (PLD for NCEA changes): 3 Aug Northland, Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū; 5 Aug Wgtn, Otago, Southland; 10 Aug Ak, Canterbury; 11 Aug Nelson, Marl-borough, W Coast, BoP, Rotorua, Taupō; 12 Aug Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne.
  2. In the sciences the newer L1 Bio/Ch, ESS/Px & AgHort stds will be piloted in 2022 as well as L1 Science again. Info here. Schools who want to trial these stds with their L1 students are invited to submit expressions of interest from 2 -22 Aug. More info available end of July.
  3. ChemEd/BioLive registrations and call for abstracts are now live on the website. https://chemedbiolive.org/

Cheers, Mike

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