*Te Pānui o Ākuhata/August Newsletter

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


New resource: Waka physics
Watching a waka taua come in to shore with the paddlers chanting at sunrise on Waitangi Day, it is easy to understand why these waka are taonga and tapu. Mike Stone and Mere Manning explain ways in which the western science of physics can be braided with Māori knowledge of the waka, and describe how four teachers have approached this topic in our public resource.
New resources: Two scientist profiles
Download our public profile of neuroscientist Louise Parr-Brownlie (Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Arawa), who is trialling potential treatments for, and ways to prevent or delay, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. See ways in which teachers can use our profiles with their students on the same page.
Chemist Leonie Jones (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) has developed an affordable, floating water quality sensor for iwi, community groups, farmers and others. Download our publicly available profile.

New resource: Chlorine explosion

Our members-only article explains the chemistry behind a recent, disastrous chlorine explosion in Jordan.        
New article: Students in particle physics
A group of seven young women, Year 13 students at Waiuku College, reached the shortlist for their experiment to run at a particle accelerator in Europe. This is an achievement of which their school is very proud. NZASE communicator Mike Stone explains how they did it in this public article.
NZASE PLD in Term 3
Our PLD, focusing on Mātauranga Māori and local curricula, continues this term. Dates for most primary and secondary clusters are available on our website, with some details still to be confirmed.

LEARNZ Term 3 virtual field trips

Two field trips highlight science and engineering topics. The Central Interceptor field trip in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland talks with engineers involved, discusses sustainability, and inquires into actions students can take to improve the quality of water around them. The tsunami field trip to Rēkohu/the Chatham Islands explores the islands' geology, the impacts of past tsunami, and how that knowledge can help us prepare for future ones. Field trip materials are available from August 29.
Apply for the PM's Science Teacher Prize
This nominated prize is open to kaiako teaching science, technology, maths, pūtaiao, hangarau or pāngarau in a primary, intermediate or secondary school or kura kaupapa. The teacher receives $50,000 and their school $100,000. See the details; the deadline is October 18.
Predator control and environmental courses
Papa Taiao is offering two-day courses in predator control, which complement classroom programmes in sustainability and ecology, and earn students NCEA credits at level 2 or level 3. Email Rachel about courses in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and Waikato, and Miriam about courses in the top of Te Waipounamu and in Ōtautahi/Christchurch.
Papa Taiao also plans another long course on Environmental Change-Making for young leaders in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington. Email Ngaire for details.

Solve for Tomorrow student competition

This national competition asks students in Years 5-10 to identify a community issue and use STEAM and design thinking to create a solution. Prizes total $20,000 in money and Samsung tech for students and their school. Register for teacher resources and competition details and see 2021 winners for examples. The entry deadline is September 2. MOTAT is running a free webinar to support competition entrants on Monday August 22; click to register.
Cawthron INSPIRE Festival in Nelson 
This one-day event on Friday September 2 at Nelson College for Girls offers hands-on workshops and experiments, and discussions about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths for Year 5-8 students. $50/student. Download the programme and the timetable.

Women in Engineering school visits

The Women in Engineering Network (WEN) offers free intermediate and high school visits around the country, as well as online sessions, until early Term 4. They tell students about engineering and provide fun hands-on activities aligned with the science and maths curricula. Scroll down here to book a visit or virtual tutoring session.

Science in a Van is national

Emily and Alan Worman will come to your Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland school with any of five in-person shows for different age groups. For schools elsewhere there are different online shows to choose from. Shows include simple hands-on physics and chemistry activities, presented with a quirky sense of humour, which challenge students to think about the science involved, ask questions (“what will happen if …”) and test their ideas. Visit their website, Facebook page or Instagram to start getting physical sciences into your programme.

Keynote at ChemEd/BioLive, Nov 16-18

A professor at York University, Judith Bennett leads research in evidence-informed curricula, practical assessment, and attitudes and engagement in science. She has taught Chemistry and Physics at high school, chaired our UK equivalent, ASE, and led the Department of Education.
Professor Bennett's conference keynote on November 18 is about ‘Using research to improve students’ understanding in science: the Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) approach’. She will show some of the BEST resources, and describe how teachers are using them and what impact they are having on students. Register for the conference here.
CSTA annual quiz
Have fun with your team of four science teachers at the Canterbury Science Teachers Association Quiz at 6pm on September 2 at Burnside High School,Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Free for CSTA members or $40 per team if your school is not a member. Drinks and pizza provided; please register by Friday August 26 for catering.
Science-related events
See our listing for events by NZASE and its networks, as well as other activities of interest.
*Names of months in te reo
Astronomer and Mātauranga Māori expert Professor Rangi Matāmua recommends using transliterations of Gregorian months, rather than te reo Māori names for lunar months, because they refer to different periods. See the differences here.
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