Mike’s News Jun 24

24 Jun 12pm deadline to register for VLN’s term 3 classes for primary.
24Jun-2Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
25 & 26 Jun 7pm ESS PLD on PES1.1 & 1.3. Sign up here.
26 Jun Richard Levy & Tim Naish talk about Antarctica 7pm at Awanuiārangi Whakatane
26 Jun Our Changing Coast day 4 students & teachers. Whakatane. Contact Marewa to register.
27 Jun Our Changing Coast day for adults. Whakatane. Contact Marewa to register
27 Jun Deadline for primary teachers/principals to apply for study awards and sabbaticals.
28 Jun Matariki celebration (star cluster visible 29Jun – 2 Jul)
28 Jun Deadline for technicians to apply for scholarship to attend conference. Info here.
30 Jun Asteroid day https://asteroidday.org/
30 Jun Nominations close for SciPad Denis Hogan Chemical Education Award. Info here.
1 Jul STEM educators expo at MOTAT in Ak, 4:30-7pm
Moon 3Q Jun 29        NM Jul 6        1Q Jul 14        FM Jul 21
  1. Mātauranga Māori Science & Design Fair shows student investigations & scientist’s research on mātauranga Māori & sustainability. Sudima Hotel, Wgtn 3 – 5 July.
  2. Talk that may be relevant for us:
    • Dr Mike Hannah compares today’s extinction rates with ancient events. Wed 26 Jun, 6pm Royal Society, 11 Turnbull St, Wgtn. Info here.
    • Dr Jim Salinger on surface temps in our oceans since 1870. Th 27 Jun, 6pm Royal Society, 11 Turnbull St, Wgtn. Info here.
  3. NZ International Science Festival 10-14 July, Dunedin https://scifest.org.nz/ . Volunteers needed.
  4. Resources for Matariki


  1. Mātauranga Māori:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching/listening:
  4. Student opportunities:
    • The International Chemistry Quiz is a competition for Yr8 to Yr13 students, testing their knowledge of chemistry & problem-solving skills. Apply here by 31 Jul.
  5. Teacher Opportunities:
    • Climate Fresk is a climate change community workshop Mon 8 Jul 4-7pm at Remuera Golf Club or Fri 26 Jul, 5:30-8:30pm at Buckland Beach Yacht Club. Book your spot with naomi@climateclub.nz
  6. Tiritiri Matangi Island ferry winter specials: $75 adult, $39 child. Info here https://www.exploregroup.co.nz/auckland/tiritiri-matangi-island/


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
    • Demonstrating Newton’s laws of motion with a set of wooden blocks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNjADdpIths
    • The rolling speed of cylinders is not affected by mass, diameter or length, but hollow cylinders are slower. Video. Can test with tuna cans with different contents.
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  Science:
  8. New Standards


  1. Learning outcomes to identify the knowledge & skills students need for the NCEA literacy and numeracy CAA and for te reo Matatini and Pāngarau TAPA are now available.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Learning Network NZ, Cnr Universal/Soljan Drives, Henderson, Auckland
  2. ESS Scholarship tutorials will begin Tues 2 July,00 – 8.30 pm. Students who want to participate need to contact Jenny at jenny@earthspacescience.org.nz/
  3. Rongoā Māori workshops in several centres, . https://titokieducation.co.nz/workshops/


  1. Online tools to prepare solutions

Cheers, Mike

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