Mike’s News Nov 15

15-17 Nov NZ Association for Research in Education (NZARE) is holding a conference in  Wgtn
17 Nov Peak of Leonid meteor shower https://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
18 Nov 5 pm Zoom for schools entering IYPT
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/
19 Nov Partial lunar eclipse (maximum visible from NZ)
20 Nov Physics teacher day online https://sites.google.com/view/uoaptd2017/2021s-day-info
22Nov-14Dec NZQA exams
29 Nov Ocean Observers online workshop focuses on educational activities.
Moon FM 19 Nov     3Q 28 Nov     NM 4 Dec     1Q 11 Dec
  1. Primary Schools Supporters of Tiritiri Conservation 2021 Award. Who in your primary school is an eco-champion who has embraced the kaitiakitanga role and inspired others in their school and community?  Nominate them forntthis award by 8 Dec. The winner will enjoy a free trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island with their family. Info here. Queries here.
  2. ChemEd Biolive webinar on mātauranga Maori recorded 13 Nov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQp186gb8l


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Revision:
  3. Digital support:
  4. New videos released by the Royal Meteorological Society (UK) explore some of the careers in climate change students could do with qualifications in STEM subjects.
  5. Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, responds to a letter from a Year 10 student struggling to make a decision about her subject choices.
  6. Two year 13 PNGHS students won a Gold CREST award for developing an app to help new students navigate their school, for 5 different schools. Find out more about CREST.
  7. This week’s NZASE newsletter has an article on Hikurangi trench and funding science projects for everyone and Yr 11 Eels unit and searching critically for members only as well as 2 more Māori scientist profiles. Anyone can sign up for the newsletter or find articles here https://nzase.org.nz/. Join NZASE here https://nzase.org.nz/membership/ .


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
    • A reading about the decomposition of sodium azide in car airbags.
    • Shelly Robson came across this simulation of neutralisation reactions https://javalab.org/en/neutralization_reaction_en
    • Mere Manning used a post from FB in her acids & bases lesson – “Gwyneth Paltrow starts every day with a refreshing glass of alkaline water + a spritz of lemon.”(nonsense!) then students investigated how much lemon would make such a solution acidic.
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
    • To model the water cycle and revise states of matter, heat a beaker of water with a glass dish of ice sitting on the top.
    • A reading about the properties of bamboo and its potential use in cricket bats with relevant investigations.
  7. Nature of Science:
  8. Science of COVID:
  9.  EfS:
  10.  Science:
    • The Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 14-part TV series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that explains the key science we know & some of its history. The content in each episode is described here. Excerpts may be very useful in the senior sciences.
  11. STEM:
    • 17 hands-on lessons and activities for grades 3-12, inspired by the science behind the film The Aeronauts. Students will become experts on weather, atmosphere and density, and even figure out how to design a hot air balloon. (Join up for free)

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Science News is celebrating 100 years with a free online symposium, Fri 3 Dec, 10am – 4:15 pm ET (3 – 9:30 am 4 Dec NZT!). Topics include Science of the pandemic, stress & resilience, climate change misinformation, black holes. Register here
  2. Science Learning Hub recorded webinar on Having fun with the science capabilities is now available.

Cheers, Mike

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