Haratua Pānui / May Newsletter

Science Communicators Mike Stone and Jenny Rankine welcome your feedback and suggestions. ISSN 2703-5166


Safety in science teaching

The new Safety and Science guidance released by the Ministry of Education updates the legal framework for science teaching.  Now that the classroom teacher is liable if things go wrong, we all need to know and follow this guidance to develop a culture of safety. This freely available article is relevant to both primary and secondary teachers.
Practical teaching about Antarctica
If we are to teach about Antarctica as a science topic, during Primary Science Week from May 16-20 and elsewhere, we need to include some practical activities. Science Communicator Mike Stone has hunted out and developed hands-on activities that help students at different levels learn about all parts of the curriculum in the context of Antarctica. Download our publicly available resource.

Making the most of your school garden

Three teacher researchers studied ways to integrate garden-based learning with primary and intermediate curricula, and cater for gifted and talented learners. Download our members-only resource.
Scientist profile
Download our publicly available profile of Kaupapa Māori researcher Sylvia Tapuke (Ngāi Tūhoe, Hineuru, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa ki te Tonga, me Hamoa), who has studied volcanic risk, healthy housing, and contributed to an iwi climate change strategy.
How induction hobs work

Mike Stone discusses the physics of induction cook stoves and the implications for their use. Download our members-only article.

Blake Inspire for teachers programme
Primary and intermediate teachers have until Monday May 9 to apply for this free, five-day, action-packed environmental education and leadership programme. It will run in Auckland from July 11-15, July 18-22, and October 3-7. Delegates are teamed with world-leading scientists, environmental leaders and experts for experiential learning about issues such as climate change, freshwater quality, biodiversity and ocean health, with practical ways to encourage environmental action, conservation and sustainability in their schools. Apply here; email or phone (09) 307 8875.
LEARNZ fieldtrip: Hokonui restoration
This free LEARNZ online fieldtrip to Hokonui in Murihiku/Southland explores the environmental restoration programme Hokonui Rūnanga Kaupapa Taiao, which uses Mātauranga Māori, supported by western science, geospatial apps and data. Projects include freshwater monitoring and management, pest control, bird and bat monitoring, and native seed collection to restore biodiversity. Learning resources will be available from May 16, and classes can connect with experts in a free live web conference on May 25-26. Sign your class up to LEARNZ here
Gamechangers: In our footsteps
This free resource includes interviews with science business innovators and provides a framework for teachers to develop 21st century skills with Year 5-8 students. It was created by Education Perfect and Science Alive. Non-members can register for these free resources.
Science badges
This science award scheme offers four activity challenges for years 2-4, explorer badges in 32 topics for years 5-6 and science badges in 29 topics for years 7-10. Students complete hands-on science activities on a topic they select and receive a certificate and a metal badge. Star Incentive and Platinum badges stimulate students who have completed all 29. One activity pack for 10 students costs $25.
Hauraki Gulf Monitoring Project 
Are you interested in developing local curriculum around the coastal environment? The Hauraki Gulf Monitoring Project will be running guided sessions to engage schools in simple methods to survey your local shoreline, and study environmental change over time. For details and to register your class, email Teresa Morrell, Educator, NZ Marine Studies Centre, phone 027 2888 148.
Wanted: Auck & BoP Year 7-8 teachers
The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland seeks small groups of partner teachers for its two-year research project on Complex Conversations for Adolescents (CoCoA). Teachers would use tools and practices from systems thinking and deliberative democracy to support students exploring complex health-science issues. They would co-design, pilot, trial and help evaluate a 2-4 week learning programme. Three teachers from the same school are preferred – email Suzanne Trask.
Virtual geopark tours 
Five to seven-minute video tours of four geosites in the Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Global Geopark are available on YouTube. The geopark surrounds the Waitaki River from the Southern Alps to the sea in Te Wai Pounamu. See teacher resources and more geosites in the region
ANZCCART essay competition
The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) Secondary School Essay competition invites students to think critically about the role of animal research and difficulties in using animals in research. These topics build on assessment tasks for NCEA Achievement Standards (Biology 1.2, 2.2, and 3.2). Prizes are $100, $75, and $50, and the deadline is Hereturikōkā/August 29.  See entry conditions and details.


Earth: Caught in stone, Ōamaru
The eighth Art + Science exhibition runs to Pipiri/June 6 at the Forrester Gallery in Thames St, Ōamaru. At least 20 artists have collaborated with 21 research scientists on artworks about earth science, available virtually and on the walls. See five education activities explained in a short video.
Black T. rex
Auckland Museum hosts a 12m long, 4m high T. rex with a black skeleton, one of only four in the world, until September 4.

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Our next pānui is due out on Rāhina Hōngongoi / Monday June 6.
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