Mike’s News Jul 22

22 Jul Café Scientifique: How safe is our food? 7-9pm, 90 Keith Allen Dr, Tauranga.
26 Jul Alison Campbell’s Scholarship Biology Workshop, Waikato uni, 10am-2:30pm
29 Jul ESS workshop, Otago museum, 9:15-3:15. Book at earthspacenz@gmail.com
4-10 Aug Cook Islands Maori Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
5-9Aug   The Week of Engineering’ schools programme
Moon 3Q Jul 25       NM Aug 1      1Q Aug 8      FM Aug 16          
  1. This year’s IB DP Sciences Cluster Mtg is 1-4 pm Thurs 21 Nov, Diocesan School, Clyde St, Epsom, Ak. Please register your attendance https://tinyurl.com/G4ClusterMeeting2019 Also, Kristin School is planning a “Middle School Symposium” with an array of workshops including one on MYP Sciences. This is likely to be on 12 Nov. If this interests you look out for more details coming soon. Matthew Campbell, Kristin. Cluster flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IB-Grp-4-Cluster-Mtg-2019-flyer.pdf
  2. A talk on Aurora Australis – the Science of the Southern Lights: Understand the science of the southern lights plus join a live link to Scott Base for an update on the aurora this winter. Th 29 Aug 6-7:30pm. BLT100, building 6, Old Bio building, Ak uni, 5 Symonds St
  3. Engineering Futures Evening is an informative event for (parents &) students interested in studying engineering being held in Ak 31 July & 6 Aug, Wgtn 1 Aug, Hamilton 5 Aug and Tauranga 8 Aug. Register here https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/engineering/community-engagement/schools/efe/register.html
  4. NIWA’s vessel RV Tangaroa has an open day Sat 27 July, Victoria TU wharf, 90 Fryatt St, Dunedin, 10- 4. Find out what it’s like to live & work as a scientist at sea. Spaces strictly limited, book now: https://otagomuseum.nz/…/programme-…/event/tangaroa-open-day
  5. Tiritiri Matangi Island has spaces in August for school bookings. Schools can visit Tiritiri Wed – Fri only.  Schools of decile 1-6 can apply for funding to cover the costs of students on the ferry & of the guiding on Tiritiri. Contact Barbara: educator@tiritirimatangi.org.nz
  6. Film festival movie Inventing Tomorrow is about high school students working to develop practical solutions to their local eco challenges – and prepare projects for an international science fair. Check when it’s on in your region here https://www.nziff.co.nz/2019/
  7. NCEA workshops are being run around the country to bring people up to date with proposed changes and timeline. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/NCEA-public-workshops.pdf


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
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  1. Science:
    • SciShow is a YouTube channel addressing all kinds of interesting questions and phenomenon that are science based e.g. Why Avocados Shouldn’t Exist and do so in relatively short, easy-to-digest videos. https://www.youtube.com/scishow
    • DoC’s Kiwi Guardians provide a map & activities for kids to do at specific outdoor sites around NZ; check out the schools’ page too. https://www.doc.govt.nz/kiwiguardians
  1. Primary
    • Introduce students in grades 1–3 to the habits and habitats of a northern Albatross (the species at Taiaroa Heads). Teacher’s guide has discussion questions & cross-curricular activities about albatross nests, behaviors, wingspan, & the impact of plastics/trash on albatross chicks. Background links too. https://bit.ly/2weUzUz

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. NZASE workshops for years 1-10 science. Flyers for each workshop accessed here https://nzase.org.nz/nzase-network-expertise/
    • West Coast – Wed 14 Aug, Buller High School, Westport. Register
    • Hamilton – Th 22 Aug, Berkley Normal Middle School, Hamilton. Register here
    • Nelson – Tues 27 Aug, Nayland College, Nelson. Register here
  2. Electronics workshops are being held this term in week 3 in 5 main centres. Aimed at teachers of Years 7-11 keen to extend their DDDO skills, no prior knowledge is required. Learn through simple activities how to use electronic components and control them using basic programs. http://bit.ly/2O2qe7c (scroll down a little)

Cheers, Mike