Mike’s News Mar 23

1-31 Mar Melanoma March www.melanoma.org.nz/news-events/recent-news
1-31 Mar Hearing Awareness Month.  https://www.nfd.org.nz/hearing-awareness-month2020
23 Mar World Meteorological Day www.metservice.co.nz, Learning Centre  
24 Mar World Tuberculosis day www.stoptb.org
24 Mar Dairy NZ Careers Day for yr 13 Science students at Lye Research farm 9-3:30.
27 Mar Deadline to apply for SouthSci STEM funding. www.cometauckland.org.nz/southsci
27 Mar Deadline to apply for the 2 American Meteorological Society PLD workshops
28 Mar Earth hour 8:30 – 9:30 pm www.wwf.org.nz and www.earthhour.org.nz
2 Apr World Autism day www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day
4 April Alison Campbell, Critical Thinking 4 Schol Bi. 9-12. Online contingency plan. Email Shane
6 April Deadline for st to enter Scientist for a day competition. nzspaceagency@mbie.govt.nz
7 Apr World Health day  www.who.int/  Go to Events calendar
Moon NM 24 Mar       1Q 1 Apr.        FM 8 Apr        3Q 15 Apr


  1. E-Learning
  1. Literacy
  1. Professional reading:


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Astronomy:
    • What life aboard the International Space Station is like https://bit.ly/33kq1jJ  
    • Stardome has several one-page resources for primary and secondary teachers – sun, telescopes, constellations, solar system, Matariki, measuring distances in space https://bit.ly/2QjalrL
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Nature of Science:
  1. Primary
    • NZTA resources – road safety, bike ready, keeping safe around trucks, Kia Pai Tō Haere, Big events, rail safety, feet first. Flexible, context-driven lesson plans that support student inquiry and curriculum integration. Writers, including Pam Hook, use SOLO Taxonomy to create clear learning progressions. https://bit.ly/2QhQlG5  
    • Nanogirl explains coronavirus for littlies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPsY-jLqaXM

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Learning Network NZ: Digital Curriculum (robotics, coding, rockets) with Eric Sheninger, 5 May, Auckland
  2. Core-Ed: Learner Agency with Sarah Te One, 20 May, 9-12, Wellington
  3. Kohia: Science for primary and intermediate classrooms (Primary) with Nick Bithell, 01 May, 12:30 – 3:30pm, Auckland
  4. Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy is offering one-day workshops, Auckland 6th & 27th May, Palmerston North 7th May, Invercargill 13 May, Kerikeri 14 May, Whakatane 20 May https://www.scienceacademy.co.nz/
  5. Zoom in Education webinar for those having to teach kids at home. Hosted by ConnectNZ & VLN Primary – Tuesday March 24th 3.30 pm – register here


  1. Plastic Easter eggs are very useful for the ESS crater experiment as their mass can be changed by filling with sand. Look out for them in the coming month as Easter looms.

Stay safe out there, Cheers, Mike