Mike’s News Jul 27

27 JulNZ Space Agency seminar, 4:30-6pm. Register here.
27 JulOnline talk about research on Māori and Antarctica 3pm. Register here
2-8 AugCook Islands Maori Language week  www.mpia.govt.nz
5 AugDeadline to register for NZIBO www.nzibo.org
6 Aug 1945Hiroshima Day http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
9-15 AugMaths Week    www.mathsweek.org.nz/  
10 AugDeadline for L1 science subject list consultation. Go here for the survey
10Aug1897Aspirin discovered https://www.sciencehistory.org/historical-profile/felix-hoffmann
MoonFM 4 Aug        3Q 12 Aug      NM 19 Aug      1Q 26 Aug     
  1. A talk about the geology of Mars Motutaiko Room, Suncourt Hotel, 19 Tamamutu St, Taupo, Wed 29 July 7pm. Gold coin koha, please. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mars-geology-talk-Taupo-29-July.docx
  1. 2 scientists & 1 lawyer speak on the Cannabis referendum then open up discussion at Café Scientifique, Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St Mt Eden, Ak, 6-8 pm Wed 29 July. Book here.


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Professional reading/watching:
  3.  Literacy:
    • Science News for Students – short articles with accompanying vocab lists. Some have audio so students can listen instead of read & others have 2 versions to support lower literacy students. [Catherine Hunter] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/
  4. Digital support
  5. Society of Chem Educators NZ (SCENZ) is calling for nominations of regional reps. Send them to scourfield@wghs.school.nz
  6. Applications are open for the 2021 Science Teaching Leadership Programme. Teachers are hosted by a science research organization for 6 months, then are supported to improve science programs in their own school. Deadline 4 Sep. Info and apply here.


  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science of COVID-19:
  1. EfS:
  1. Primary

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Earth Sci PLD from USA. Data Streme offers 13 week courses online on the Atmosphere, the Ocean and our climate system https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/education-careers/education-program/k-12-teachers/datastreme-program/
  2. Open uni’s free course, Astronomy with an online telescope, shows you how to navigate the night sky. Includes use of a robotic telescope facility.
  3. The Learning Landscape5 online sessions to increase learner agency, start 6 Aug
  4. Science Learning Hub’s next PLD is Thurs 6 Aug, 4:00–4:45 pm. The webinar will look at hands-on look at fresh water monitoring with how-to info. Registerhere.
  5. Webinar about how to use GLOBE, a program of interdisciplinary activities & investigations about the Earth’s 4 spheres, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere & soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. This NASA sponsored program has a citizen science component. Th 4 Aug 4:30-5:10 AEST (6:30-7:10 NZT) https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/GLOBE
  6. Auckland’s Sustainable schools PLD, dates + person to register with:

Cheers, Mike