Mike’s News 17 June

21 Jun Applications close for BEANZ research project 2020
22 Jun Winter solstice NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
29Jun – 7Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey http://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
24Jun – 7Jul Matariki   www.matarikifestival.org.nz/
2 Jul Total solar eclipse (not visible from NZ). http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/eclipses-2019
Moon FM Jun 17       3Q Jun 25       NM Jul 3       1Q Jul 9
  1. Other Dates
  1. Matariki resources:
  1. The Eureka! Trust seeks to grow Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) knowledge and develop the communication skills of young New Zealanders. To do this they have created a pathway that starts with Junior Eureka! in years 4-6, continues with the Eureka! Video Awards in years 7-13 and flows into the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards in years 11 to undergraduate. The awards close at the end of this month. https://www.eureka.org.nz/eureka-awards



  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
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  1. eLearning


  1. Geology:
    • In this activity students discover plate boundaries using maps and data in an inquiry-based approach, getting valuable practice in observing and classifying data. http://plateboundary.rice.edu/
    • A new TV doco series exploring NZ’s fiery past, present & future with researchers & adventurers is airing on Prime, 8:30pm Sundays. Last week’s episode of Beneath NZ followed an expedition to locate the Pink and White Terraces, led by GNS.
  1. Biology:
    • Phylo ecosystem trading card game is based on the concept of Pokémon and highlights species that live on planet Earth while addressing threats to ecosystemsg. wildfires, oil spills, and climate change. Students build food chains, create stable ecosystems, sabotage opponents’ ecosystems, and gain points. http://phylogame.org/
    • BBC Video Short Circuit focuses on party pills & osmoregulation – a great way to start the homeostasis https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=leah+Betts+short+circuit
  1. AgHort:
  1. Astronomy:
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
  1. Literacy
  1. EfS:
    • Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage to help readers know which news to trust. https://climatefeedback.org/


Cheers, Mike