Mike’s News Jul 29

29 Jul ESS workshop, 9.15 am – 3.15 pm. Otago Museum, 419 Great King St. Book here.
31 Jul Café Scientifique on Cephalopods 6:30-8pm, Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mt Eden, Ak
31 Jul Engineering Futures Evening 6:30-8pm. Owen Glenn Bldg, Ak uni
1 Aug Engineering Futures Evening 6-8pm, Royal Society, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wgtn
4-10 Aug Cook Islands Maori Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
5 Aug Electronics workshop Dunedin 9-3:45. Book here.
5 Aug Engineering Futures Evening 6-8pm, Ricoh Lounge, FMG Stadium, Frankton, Hamilton
5-9Aug   ‘The Week of Engineering’ schools programme
6 Aug 1945 Hiroshima Day http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
6 Aug ESS workshop, 9.30am-3.15pm, Taradale High School, 50 Murphy Rd. Register here.
6 Aug Engineering Futures Evening 6:30-8:30pm, Owen Glenn Bldg, Ak uni
6 Aug Electronics workshop, 9-3:45, Electroflash offices, Blenheim Rd, Chch. Book here.
7 Aug Electronics workshop, 9-3:45, Hamilton. Book here.
7 Aug ESS workshop, 9.15 am – 3.15 pm, McLaren Room, Waikato University. Rm  TT 1.12.
8 Aug Electronics workshop, 9-3:45, The Skills Organisation, Highbrook Drive, Ak. Book here.
9 Aug Electronics workshop 9-3:45, Wgtn. Book here.
9 Aug ESS workshop, 9:15-3:15, Otumoetai College, 105 Windsor Rd, Tauranga. Register here.
10-18 Aug Maths Week  www.mathsweek.org.nz/  
Moon NM Aug 1      1Q Aug 8.      FM Aug 16           3Q Aug 24       
  1. Te Papa resources for Cook Islands Language week next week:
  1. Results of Biology Olympiad: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IBO-Hungary.docx


  1. The inaugural exec of Secondary Chemistry Educators of NZ, SCENZ, includes co-chairs Murray Thompson & Ian Torrie, secretary Suzanne Scourfield, & treasurer Ian Phillips. Resources will soon be uploaded & available free for members – assessment tasks for the new L2 titration ach std, L2 & L3 NZIC exams.Schol exams soon.  https://nzic.org.nz/scenz  
  2. NIWA Ak City Science and Technology Fair occurs 29-31Aug at Mt Roskill Grammar School Hall, Frost Rd, Mt Roskill. Info for teachers  https://scifair.org.nz/teachers.html
  3. The 2020 NZ Chemistry Olympiad training group selection exam will be sat on 19 Sep. Again, the exam will be done on-line through the portal of Education Perfect.  Info attached: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/NZCHO-training-group-letter.doc
  4. An ad will be placed in the next Education Gazette (5 Aug), seeking Expressions of Interest to both join Subject Expert Groups for the trial & pilot subjects in the NCEA review.


  1. Astronomy:
    • NASA media library is searchable, publicly accessible and copyright free -140,000 images, sounds, and video. https://images.nasa.gov/
  1. Science:
  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Chemistry:
    • In the engaging Periodic Videos university science professors record fires, explosions, and other visually interesting science experiments as a way to introduce and explain the properties of various chemical elements. http://www.periodicvideos.com/
  4. Physics:


  1. New standard for L2 Ch titrations:
    • SciPAD-sponsored roadshow explains rationale & mechanism for change, key changes to consider, teaching approaches for an acid-base titration & possible assessment tasks. Ak Tu 30July. Book asap at https://scipad.co.nz/science-talk-2019-chemistry-2-1.
    • Scott Franklin has generously provided resources for 3 different redox titrations. Go tohttp://www.scholarshipchemistry.info, click on the C2.1 resource tab & register. Download resources pdfs using the code hendersonhasselbalch.            Ian T, St Cuths

Want to Collaborate?

  1. Tim Kelly, HoF at Hurunui College, invites teachers to collaboratively develop the Possum-Free Project to create a teaching unit ready for 2020. In this sustained learning experience (10+ weeks) yr 9-11 students use science & digital tech to develop & test electronic possum lures. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P_ztvPcuLSjJ0iWdNQFC1TuffGJ9utOjf-zHMCtZyTo/edit?usp=sharing

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. ESS workshops (register here earthspacenz@gmail.com):
  2. Macleans College will host an NZQA Biology Best Practice workshop on Fri 27 Sep. Cost $100+, 30 spots available. If interested email Bigwood@macleans.school.nz
  3. A workshop exploring game-based learning as an effective teaching strategy. $99 incl lunch & morning tea. Sat 17 Aug, 8-3:30, Mission Heights Junior College, 103 Jeffs Rd, Mission Heights, Manukau, Auckland. https://bit.ly/2xYirN7
  4. Science Learning Hub is running a free online professional development webinar,Getting started with citizen science, on Th 8 Aug, 4-4:45 pm. This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers. Register here to join.
  5. NZASE Health & Safety workshop Waimea College Nelson 26 Aug. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/NZASE-Safety-in-School-Labs-course-26-Aug-1.pdf
  6. On Aug 23, Educatalysts offer an Auckland workshop focused on ‘Effective Teaching & Learning to enable Pacific Success and Unpacking Tapasā.’  Here is the link to register. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Workshop-Effective-teaching-to-Enable-Pacific-Success-190823.pdf

Cheers, Mike