Mike’s News Mar 2

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
3-31 Mar Brain Awareness Month www.neurological.org.nz
31 Mar Café Scientifique on dark matter, Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mt Eden, Ak, 6-8pm
1-30 Apr Auckland’s MOTAT is offering free entry for teachers during April. Info here.
2 Apr World Autism day www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day
4 Apr Tsunami warning siren test at the end of daylight savings (‘fall back’)
7 Apr World Health day www.who.int/ Events calendar
12 Apr International Day of Human Space Flight www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
12Apr-12May Ramadan http://islam.about.com/od/ramadan/tp/ramadan-hub.htm
Moon FM 29 Mar     3Q 4 Apr     NM 12 Apr       1Q 20 Apr
  1. Science is Cool 5 is a free virtual all-day unconference on 1 April (9am PDT = 5am 2 Apr NZT) on teaching science – pedagogy, tools, online. https://www.thepocketlab.com/scic
  2. Events as part of West EcoFest
    • explore pekapeka tou roa long-tailed bats in the bush (several dates). Book at facebook.com/CommunityWaitakere .
    • find out how to test the health of a stream Sat 10 Apr, 10-11:30 Margaret Griffin Park. Book with justine@whauriver.org.nz
  3. Otago Museum has a science show on light including light-sabres, glowing money, and rainbow vision. Barclay theatre, 2pm weekends & public holidays
  4. Landcare Webinar on biocontrol of wasps on Tues 30 Mar, 10:30 – 11:30 am https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5930843099718849804


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Student opportunities:
  3. Science Careers:
    • How to become a NASA engineer video.
  4. Teacher Opportunities:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
  8. Science of COVID:
  9.  EfS:
  10.  Science


  1. MoE draft materials for L1 AgH, Bi, Ch, ESS, Ph found at https://ncea.education.govt.nz/ Subjects (tab at the top). Have your say by 19 April.
  2. MoE is currently recruiting for 5 Learning Area Lead (LAL) positions to assist in the development and implementation of the NCEA Review Changes including supporting teachers to understand the new Achievement Standard and assessment resources: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/MoE-job-description-LAL-2438.pdf

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. STEM Learning (UK) has some free online PLD available on demand

Cheers, Mike

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