Mike’s News Nov 13

14 Nov World Diabetes day https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/theme/
15 Nov Next Wellington HoDs meeting 1-3pm at St Pat’s, Kilbirnie
17 Nov Peak of Leonid meteor shower 4 am http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
17 Nov Chemistry Teachers Day at Ak uni. Free. Info and registration here.
18 Nov International day of LGBT people in STEM. https://prideinstem.org/lgbtstemday/
18-24 Nov Antibiotic Resistance www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
23 Nov Te Papa talk on adapting Botanic Gardens for climate change 11am-12:30pm. $30
23 Nov BEANZ workshop Dunedin, Logan Park HS, 74 Butts Rd. 9-3. Register here
24-27 Nov Great Southern Bioblitz Register and upload observations to iNaturalist. Info here.
24 Nov Physics Teacher’s Day LT401 in the Engineering Bldg, 20 Symonds St, Ak.
27 Nov Deadline to apply for South Auckland Participatory Science Platform funding here
30 Nov Deadline to apply to enter for The Earth Prize sustainability project. Info here.
Moon NM Nov 13      1Q Nov 20      FM Nov 27      3Q Dec 5
  1. Genetics Otago is hosting a hands-on workshop for local science teachers on their latest outreach module: Rare Genetic Disease. Tues 14 Nov, 1-3pm at Otago Uni. Sign up here.
  2. Dr Philip Hulme, Lincoln Uni, speaks on the huge impact invasive species have on food security, human health & the environment and what we can do. Wed 22 Nov, 7:30-8:30. Online. Register here
  3. SCENZ will have its AGM online 8-8:45 pm, Th 23 Nov. SCENZ members will get an invite.
  4. The Agriculture Teachers Association of South Australia has their national conference in Victor Harbour 7-11 Jan 2024. Register here http://thq.fyi/se/WrouNXE


  1. Pedagogy:
  2. Professional reading/watching/listening:
  3. Student opportunities:
    • STEM workshop for female high school students and/or their teachers as part of an Inter-national Women in Engineering conference at Ak uni. Free. 8am-1:30pm 12 Dec. Register here.
  4. Literacy:
  5. Digital support:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science:
    • A Million Miles Away is a movie out on Prime Video. It tells the story of a Mexican migrant farm worker who becomes an astronaut.
    • Kim Currie, a NIWA scientist, recorded a presentation “Carbon Dioxide and Me – a personal relationship” that focuses on Ocean Acidification here.
    • ESS webinars and resources https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1R65CL7T_BByMN7L-MMGltmmqUO37yapO
  2. Chemistry:
  3. Physics:
  4. Primary & intermediate:

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. GeoScience Info For teachers is PLD for teachers at EGU Assembly 14-17 April Vienna, Austria. Significant subsidy, high quality PLD. Applications close 10 Dec. More info at www.egu.eu/education/gift. Can also join online – collection of 20 yrs of presentations here: https://www.egu.eu/education/gift/workshops.

Cheers, Mike

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