|8-14 May||Rotuman Language week MPP website|
|9-15 May||NZ Sign Language Week http://nzslweek.org.nz/|
|11 May||National School Nurses Day|
|12 May||World Nurses Day www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/nurses-day|
|14 May||World Migratory Bird Day www.worldmigratorybirdday.org|
|16 May||Total lunar eclipse, 5:18-6:50 pm https://rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/eclipses|
|16-20May||Primary Science Week (T2 wk3) http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/ Antarctic science|
|17 Apr||World Haemophilia day http://www.wfh.org/en/page.aspx?pid=492|
|18 May||Fascination of Plant Day www.plantday12.eu|
|20 May||World Bee Day https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day|
|20 May||Pink Shirt Day NZ (bullying) www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/|
|22 May||International Biodiversity Day www.doc.govt.nz|
|Moon||1Q May 9 FM May 16 3Q May 23 NM May 30|
- Stardome’s Matariki resources that are no longer online. [Thanks to Ian McHale]
- Primary Science week information
- Zoom call into Scott Base, Tues 17 May is now full. Apologies.
- Webinar with Antarctic Scientists, Wednesday 18 May 11.30am & 2pm Register here
- Find out about NZAPSE’s competition ‘Speaking for Antarctica’ here
- This NZASE article on a practical approach to teaching about Antarctica
- Experiments and Demonstrations you can do with your students at this link
- Keep an eye out here for chance to vote for the colours of the new base at Scott Base!
- Mātauranga Māori
- Di Christenson and Carol Brieseman share practical ideas about incorporating mātauranga pūtaiao into the primary classroom in this Science Learning Hub webinar
- Education Perfect’s Science Alive has new lessons on rimurapu (bull kelp), mauri & kūmara, maramataka, geothermal science, rongoā and the physics of flight. Sign up here for access to these free resources
- Student opportunities:
- Students can learn about robots and then undertake a Robot Olympics. Info here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACIwKbS1XlI. Full & free resources available here.
- Young Reporters for the Environment: students 11yrs+ take a stand on environment-al issues they are passionate about, through a platform of media writing, photography or video. Register your school here. [House of Science newsletter]. Due 4 Aug.
- Digital support:
- Minecraft Education Edition is free for teachers in Aotearoa. If you’re curious about Minecraft & game based learning, already into it, but want that step up, check out this free course. https://twitter.com/ImpactedNZ/status/1512182784806203396
- Science Careers:
- A free webinar of 4 NZ women sharing their journey to a science career in engineering and robotics. Tu 17 May, 6-7pm. Info here.
- For BEANZ members, resources for Bee Day 20 May : https://beanz.org.nz/ go to Members then Member resources. Join up on home page.
- An evolution game https://www.earthlearningidea.com/PDF/201_Evolution_game.pdf
- Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
- A history of feijoas in NZ https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/the-peoples-fruit/
- Earth & Space Science:
- In this IOP activity students use a lamp and a transparent dome attached to a globe to show how the path of the Sun across the sky varies over the year
- A series of ABC resources on the East Australia Current. Includes one on upwellings
- An animation of the Oruanui eruption that formed Lake Taupo 25,500 years ago, as created by ECLIPSE and seen at Te Papa. https://www.youtu.be./BRWnBtoshc0
- An interesting activity on water condensation (you’ll need to join Explorify, it’s free) https://explorify.uk/en/activities/odd-one-out/where-is-the-water?
- The chemistry of electric cars https://www.chemistryworld.com/features/not-just-batteries-the-chemistry-of-electric-cars/4015513.article
- A activity comparing 3 different pulleys (you’ll need to join Explorify, but it’s free) https://explorify.uk/en/activities/odd-one-out/making-work-easier
- L2 Nuclear physics workshops from UoC https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/outreach/learning-resources/physics-workshops/
- Primary & intermediate:
- Science of COVID:
- Siouxsie Wiles and Jin Russell article on COVID and schools (Spinoff, May 2).
Can you help?
- Catherine Hunter is looking for yr 7-10 teachers to complete a survey on scientific literacy for her masters. If you have 15 mins please help: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Science-Literacy-Teacher-PIS.pdf
- Tania Potts, a year 0-3 teacher, is working on changes to how her school reports on Science in the school report. Anyone able to share some ideas please contact her email@example.com
Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities
- MoE is hosting free interactive webinars, facilitated by CORE to support teachers with the new content and model of the history curriculum refresh. It is for teachers of yrs 1-10, leaders, PLD facilitators & museum educators.
- Education Hub has a free webinar on teaching writing at primary school 7:30pm Tues 10 May. Register here https://theeducationhub.org.nz/teaching-writing-at-primary-school
- Steve Spangler’s STEM Teacher Workshop May 11, 7pm ET (12 May 11am NZST)
- Primary Science Teaching Trust is running a series of 30min PLD sessions on Light, Animals, Rocks, Evolution & Inheritance 16-19 May at 4-4:30 pm BST (2-2:30 NZT!!).
- Regionally allocated PLD application deadline May 20. Schools know by wk 8 so they can contact PLD facilitator & plan to start delivery next term. https://pld.education.govt.nz/ .
- Teacher webinar dealing with L2/3 student misconceptions about the Sun and its relationship to heating the Earth. Tues 17 May 7pm. Zoom link to join is here
- Info about the May Accord Days for secondary schools: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Accord-Days.docx
- NZASE is running PLD – a workshop last term and clusters this term, for both primary and secondary. Focus on local curriculum and mātauranga Māori so far. Details here https://nzase.org.nz/nzase-network-expertise/
- ConSTANZ conference is 11-13 Oct at Rangiruru Girls School, Christchurch. Registration opens 9 May – early bird registration $380 available til 30 Jun. Full registration $400.
- The technician’s term 1 newsletter is available to all. Lots of fascinating bits and pieces. [Further editions are only available via subscription to registered STANZ members.]
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