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Mahuru pānui / September newsletter

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

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Wanted: Science networks manager

The NZASE seeks a manager to support and sustain peer networks of science teachers/kaiako from January 2022 to December 2023, through online forums, inquiry clusters and face-to-face collaboration. The manager will need strong connections with Māori to support the involvement of Mātauranga Māori in local curricula. See the Request for Proposals and apply by October 6.

Panel on L1 Science pilot

NZASE is hosting an online panel discussion tomorrow with teachers from three pilot schools who have been trialling the four Level 1 Science standards this year. These had a strong Nature of Science focus. The webinar runs on Tuesday 14 from 7-8pm; register here and a link will be emailed to you.
Unique resource: Lead in tapwater
Several towns have recently had problems with the quality of thier water supply. In the most recent incident, lead was detected in the drinking water of three settlements north of Dunedin. Finding its cause involved a bit of chemistry. Download our new members-only resource.
Unique resource: Eels for primary students
We include the first of two resources exploring Mātauranga Māori related to tuna/eels. It describes a primary school project to grow and release tuna, with local iwi Ngāti Pāoa, and suggests some classroom activities for teachers wanting to explore eels with their students. Download this publicly-available resource.
Unique resource: Scientist profile
Marine researcher Kimberley Maxwell (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāitai, Ngāti Porou, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa) describes her research with Maori communities about fisheries, aquaculture and shellfish in this publicly-available resource.
Mātauranga Māori unit on plants
Helen Mora (Linwood College) and Sara Tolbert  (University of Canterbury) have created a unit on plants that strongly incorporates Mātauranga Māori. They consulted with Linwood teachers Manu Paringatai and Pania Watson, developing, trialling and revising the unit in 2020. All teaching resources are shared.
ChemEd & BioLive 2021 update
While changes in NCEA exam timetables have led the conference to be deferred to a similar date in 2022, organisers hope that the Mātauranga Māori panel and discussion, planned for Saturday, November 13 2021 will still go ahead, with a live and online audience. Delegates who have already registered for the conference can choose either a full refund or to hold their registration over for a year. Details will be on the event website once finalised..

Prime Minister's science prizes

The Science Teacher Prize is awarded for those with a high quality pedagogical approach that has been shown to improve student outcomes, and who are involved in science in their community. The Future Scientist Prize is awarded to a Year 12 or Year 13 tauira for outstanding achievement in a practical and innovative science research, maths, technology or engineering project. Both are worth $50,000, and the deadline is 25 October.
Articles for reflecting on your practice
Science education researcher, Dr Azra Moeed, reflects on teaching practice in two thought-provoking articles. She suggested in the NZ Science Review that students need to be taught Māori ways of thinking to make them scientifically literate in two ways of seeing, and gives examples.
With Susan Kaiser, she also argues in this short article from the Australian Science Review in 2018 that students need to understand how various science ideas are connected within and across science disciplines to make sense of their world. They believe that this connectedness may encourage students to continue to study science.
ANZCCART essay competition
This competition aims to encourage students to think critically about the role of animal research and to engage with the issues involved; the deadline is November 16. Essays of up to 1,500 words fit NCEA assessment tasks (Biology 1.2, 2.2, and 3.2, using biological knowledge to respond to a socio-scientific issue). The first prize is $100; see conditions and details.
Rutherford $100 bill design competition.
Ngā tauira/students in Years 1-13 can enter a competition to design their own $100 bill showing what they have learned about Ernest Rutherford. Organised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi, the prize is $100, with winning designs shared on their social media. The deadline is September 30. See the webpage for a video series and 150 facts on Rutherford.
Postponed events
The Primary Science Teachers day (scheduled for October 2) has been postponed to 2022. See the NZ Association of Primary Science Educators site for updates.
ConSTANZ 21 has been postponed to October 2022. See the Science Technician's Assn of NZ site for details. Please can schools pass this news to technicians who may not be receiving school emails during lockdown.

Events related to Science teaching

See our events page for event updates and new activities after lockdown.
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