Mike’s News Jun 3

5 Jun World Environment Day www.4million.org.nz www.mfe.govt.nz
5 Jun Arbor Day https://www.tfsnz.org.nz/
6 Jun MoE webinar on understanding hijab 3:30-4:15 pm. Register here
7 Jun Deadline to apply for MWC scholarship to attend Molec Bio conf. Info in MN 13 May
8 Jun World Oceans day www.theoceanproject.org/wod/wod_ideas.php
8 Jun Day/night intro to astronomy course at Pūkorokoro Miranda. Register interest here
10Jun1886 Anniversary Mt Tarawera eruption www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-volcanic-activity/page-2
12-15 Jun Fieldays, Mystery Creek, Hamilton
14 Jun World Blood Donor Day www.nzblood.co.nz
15 Jun Global Wind Day www.windenergy.org.nz/resources/for-teachers
17-21Jun National Schools Pride Week https://insideout.org.nz/
Moon NM Jun 7      1Q Jun 14      FM June 22      3Q Jun 29
  1. Talks that may be relevant for us
    • Jane Goodall is speaking at the Wellington Opera House on Wed 12 June 7:30pm. Book here.
    • Richard Levy & Tim Naish talk about Antarctica Wed 26 Jun 7pm at Awanuiārangi Whakatane
    • Ed Perfect update on what’s new in year 11. Mon 17 Jun, 3:45-4:30pm. Register here.
  2. GNS researcher Mawera Karetai has planned 3 workshops with GNS seismologists in Whakatane about the need to prepare for a megathrust earthquake & tsunami predicted in the next 50 yrs. All at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. 25Jun booked out. Our Changing Coast (26Jun 8:30–4) on fault movement, climate change & sea level rise is for students & teachers. Same for adults only the next day. Contact Marewa to book a place.


  1. Professional reading/watching/listening:
  2. Student opportunities:
    • Each Rabobank’s Good Deeds program calls for entries from rural schools for community projects to win $5k cash & a day’s labour. https://www.rabobank.co.nz/good-deeds/
    • Lincoln uni is hosting a free on-campus soils workshop looking at the properties, biology, nitrates and emissions in relation to soil. Th 20 Jun 9am-2pm. Register here
    • Auckland uni is holding an information evening to showcase 10 different types of engineering from their Women in Engineering students. Wed 5 Jun, 6-8pm at UoA & online. Register here.
    • LEARNZ’s next virtual field trip What Lies Beneath is about mapping the sea floor. Ākonga will learn how this data is collected, investigated, & used. Sign up here. 10 Jun.
    • Farm2Future Camp is a free camp hosted by Lincoln Uni & Rabobank to show South Island yr 12 students career opportunities available in the Food & Fibre sector. Apply here by 5pm, 5 Jun.
  3. Teacher Opportunities:
    • STEM Alliance Aotearoa are hosting a STEM educators expo at MOTAT in Ak, 1 Jul, 4:30-7pm.
    • Applications are now open for the next PM’s science prizes. Info here. Deadline 1pm 30 Sep.
  4. The L3 Bio exams from BEANZ are now available for members to download.


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
    • A new website, Science for Farmers, showcases sustainable practices to boost profitability, protect the environment, & reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. https://bit.ly/3R5Ktip
    • For world milk day (1 Jun) a simple animation on how cows make milk and another on how it is processed.
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
  8. New standards

Can you help?

  1. NZASE is running a survey to help them identify and prioritise their resources and efforts. They would be grateful for your input and thoughts. https://forms.gle/kQPx2iBzom43jKA69. All responses can go in for the draw for one of 2 $100 prezzy cards.


  1. MoE has produced carbon footprints for all state schools & kura. The footprint offers a representative picture of each school’s emissions as well as the collective impact of 2,100 state schools and kura. To get a copy email here. More info here.


  1. STANZ offers scholarships to support technicians to attend the ConSTANZ conference at St Peters, Cambridge 1-3 Oct. https://stanz.nzase.org.nz/stanz-get-constanz-grants/ Apply by 28 Jun

Cheers, Mike

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