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Mahuru pānui / September newsletter

Science Communicators Mike Stone and Jenny Rankine welcome your feedback and suggestions at comms@nzase.org.nz.
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Free Earth & Space Science webinars

In September the Earth & Space Science Educators of NZ (ESSENZ) are running free PLD webinars for teachers in assessing the Stars and Planetary Systems (91192, 2.6) and Earth and Space Science Scholarship (93104) standards, all at 3.30-4.30pm.
Stars and Planetary Systems (91192, 2.6)
Star life cycles - Wed Sep 9, Q&A to clarify stellar formation and evolution.
Planetary formation - Wed Sep 16, relating planetary properties to formation processes. Email Shane Delaney to register.
Earth and Space Science Scholarship (93104)
For teachers running ESS Scholarship tutorials and students sitting ESS Scholarship. Relevant astronomy - Tuesday Sep 8; Relevant geology, Tuesday Sep 15. Three further webinars will be run just before the exam. Email Jenny Pollock to register.

How to help students revise effectively
NZASE Science Communicator Mike Stone summarises the research on how to help students develop study skills that will help them pass exams, and will also stand them in good stead as life-long learners. Download this members-only resource.

Kauri dieback research resource

NZASE Science Communicator Mike Stone clarifies the science behind the control of kauri dieback in this research summary. This disease is spreading insidiously in our northern kauri forests, killing our slow-growing icon, Agathis australis. Progress in finding out about the pathogen has been slow and the reports are complex. Download this members-only resource.

Daniel Hikuroa and mātauranga Māori
In this scientist profile, geologist Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui) outlines the relationship between his earth systems science and mātauranga Maori, and his most valuable results. Download this publicly available resource.

Science discussions for teachers of Y1-10

NZASE members who teach Science in Y1-8 and Y7-10 can connect, discuss challenges, and share useful approaches on monthly, one-hour zoom discussions with NZASE Network of Expertise facilitators. Teachers can join either or both sessions. Discussions run from 3.30-4.30pm. Y1-8 dates: Wednesdays Sept 9; Oct 14, Nov 11. Y7-10 dates: Tuesdays Sept 15; Oct 20; Nov 17.
Zoom links for discussions are on a shared Google drive, with an agenda document to add your challenges and ideas. Please enter your name, email address and school on this form to get access to the shared drive. If your school is not an NZASE member, you can sign up here. Contact Sabina Cleary with any queries.
Taranaki Participatory Science Platform (PSP) 
Taranaki schools can apply for PSP grants of up to $20,000 for community-based science research. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5pm, 24 September, and for full proposals is 5pm, 22 October. Download the application guide for details, see the website, email Josh Richardson or phone 06 759 5158.
Engineering NZ’s free programme for schools offers a programme growing plants hydroponically and another to inspire students to continue STEM subjects after Y10. In the Wonder Project (WP) plant challenge (Y7–8), students will conduct controlled experiments in hydroponics, collect data, and evaluate their findings, with the help of a mentor. For STEM careers, Y10–13 students will go on industry visits and attend career talks from STEM professionals. Teachers will need to meet with their WP Ambassador before they start the programme in their school, to allow 1–2 hours each week for 6–8 weeks.

Antarctica student film competition

As part of the Days of Ice event in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, individuals or teams of Y1-13 students are invited to be mentored while they create a three-minute video about Antarctica (although the application deadline for a mentor was September 2). The competition closes on October 2. Six prizes are available in three age categories. Winners get a paid flight to Christchurch for the video premiere on October 12 at the International Antarctic Centre. Winning videos will also be shown at the International Antarctic Centre for a year.
Experience ecological science in action
Year 12 and 13 students have an opportunity to attend a five-day field ecology course on the Firth of Thames from December 7-11 and 14-18, or January 18-22. Students will do practical field work for the research projects run by the EcoQuest Education Foundation, and be prepared for studying biological and environmental sciences at university. Applications close on October 31, and courses cost $750.
EcoQuest is also available for school field trips, and will collaborate with teachers to deliver material catered to achievement standards. 
PM’s Science Prizes
Entries for the Prime Minister’s 2021 Science Prizes close at 5pm on October 9. The $50,000 akonga prize is for Y12-13 students with an outstanding science, technology, maths or engineering project. The $150,000 kaiako prize is for registered primary, intermediate or secondary teachers of science/pūtaiao, maths/pāngarau, or tech/hangarau in a registered school. See the website.
Eurofishion song contest
This international online contest invites students to sing their hearts out in original songs about our ika (fish) and awa (rivers).
Eurofishion is part of World Fish Migration Day on October 24, a global event about migratory fish and free flowing rivers. Many of our native fish need to migrate between ocean and freshwater in their lifecycle. See Taupo for Tomorrow’s resources and create your song masterpiece for our ika. Email TfT educator Krysia Nowak for help.
Jessie McKenzie
NZASE Science Communicator Mike Stone acknowledges Jessie’s work with and for teachers and for science education during her 14 years with the Royal Society Te Apārangi.  Download this publicly-available article.

Mahuru events relevant to Science

See September and October events on our website events listing.
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