Mike’s News June 20

29May-7 Jul All 7 planets visible at once in the night sky. Some info here.
20 Jun NZASE Auckland secondary cluster online 9-11 am. Register
21 Jun NZASE Waikato primary cluster online 9am-12pm. Register
21 Jun NZASE BoP primary cluster online 3:30-5:30pm. Register
21 Jun Winter solstice NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
24 Jun Matariki celebration (constellation rises 21-24 Jun in different parts of the country)
25Jun-3Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
29 Jun Café Scientifique, 6:30pm, Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Ak. Dan Hikuroa on mātauranga
1-3 Jul 40hr Famine weekend www.famine.org.nz
Moon 3Q Jun 21      NM Jun 29      1Q Jul 7      FM Jul 14
  1. Matariki resources (Phew!! these have been coming in thick and fast):
  2. Pūkorokoro Miranda shorebird centre has a planting weekend 25/ 26 June, Firth of Thames wader census Sun 3 July, working bee/potluck dinner Sat 6 Aug. admin@shorebirds.org.nz Latest News https://shorebirds.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/PMNews124_Digital.pdf
  3. Café Scientifique: Matariki, Tupu-ā-rangi and Advocacy Science, T Yacht & Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Dr, Tauranga, June 20 at 7 – 9 pm. $5. Book here.
  4. Some resources for the International Women in Engineering Day, 23 Jun. https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/collection/512421/international-women-engineering-day-23-june-2022 (you’ll need to join, it’s free).


  1. Mātauranga Māori
    • Videos on teaching indigenous knowledge in the classroom part one & part two. FB
    • Spinoff article of an interview with Ocean Mercier about mātauranga Māori
  2. Teacher Opportunities:
  3. Two new Junior Science SciPADs available to preview online https://mailchi.mp/scipad/ncea-resources-and-news-from-team-scipad-16236834
  4. Scholarships are available for technicians attending ConSTANZ: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/ConSTANZ-Scholarships-2022.docx
  5. Criteria and nomination form for the Primary Schools Supporters of Tiritiri Conservation 2022 Award: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Tiritiri-Criteria-Nomination-Junior-School-Award-2022.docx Deadline 17 Oct. Queries to Barbara educator@tiritirimatangi.org.nz.
  6. An activity for the last 3 weeks of term: an Art of Science Competition, entries close 29 Jul. https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/outreach/events/the_art_of_science_competition


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
    • Activities Using UV torches in science (these come with some Australian RAT tests)
    • Endangered rhino conservation data graphing activity

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Science is Cool 9th online conference 5 Aug, 9am-4pm PT (5am-12pm 6 Aug NZT). Register here https://www.thepocketlab.com/events/scic9
  2. A recorded webinar on Universal Design for Learning, practical applications in the classroom
  3. NZASE has organised 1-hour Science and Safety online webinars for principals (7 Jul), teachers (6, 27, 29 Jul), Lab Managers & HoDs (3 Aug) & technicians (5 Jul, +2 others TBC, as well as at conference). Details here https://nzase.org.nz/health-and-safety/ If you miss these, contact your local Science Teacher Association and ask them to host one.
  4. A webinar on Matariki, the maramataka and understanding climatic and environmental change by Rikki Solomon and Naomi Simmonds on 21 June, 7:30 pm.
  5. Primary Science one day conference postponed from last year is to be on July 11 at Auckland uni in Epsom. $40. Register here by 24 June: Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Primary-Science-Day-Flyer.pdf
  6. NZAEE webinar on Educating for a Changing Climate. 30 Jun 4 pm. Rachel Bolstad on what schools can do. Kate Armour on her school’s cross-curricular Climate course for yr 9-11. https://www.nzaee.org.nz/events/nzaee-webinar-educating-for-a-changing-climate
  7. NZASE is organising online webinars with those piloting the L1 Science standards. The 1st of these, Wed 22 Jun at 5pm, focuses on 1.1 Develop a science-informed response to a local socio-scientific issue. Join us here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSsam_Hksnw
  8. Teach Matariki though Minecraft hands-on webinar Tues 21 Jun, 4-5pm. [Primary Science FB]. https://usingtechnologybetter.com/events/matariki-with-minecraft-webinar/

Cheers, Mike

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