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Pānui Haratua / May Newsletter

Science Communicators Mike Stone and Jenny Rankine welcome your feedback and suggestions at comms@nzase.org.nz.

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Mentoring Ako Mātātupu/Teach First participants

What is involved in this training program and what is required of mentors? Hear from apprentice teachers and from their mentors about best practice in NZASE’s article. A member-only resource.

Comets headed our way

Read our NZASE news article about Comet Swan (C/2020 F8) and Comet Atlas (C/2019 Y4, above), heading towards the inner solar system in May and June. Also about collisions, comet trails and scientific probes. A publicly available resource.
Matire Harwood, GP and researcher
Read an NZASE profile of Maori health researcher and general practitioner, Matire Harwood, who is also on the Ministry’s of Health’s Technical Advisory Group for Covid-19. She represents Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā, a national Māori pandemic expert group. Publicly available content.

NZASE on the news about remote teaching

Listen to NZASE President Samantha York discussing teaching science remotely, and responding parental concerns about students missing out on Science practicals. She was interviewed in April on Radio NZ Afternoons.


Transforming assessment workshop programme

NZQA is offering a nine-week PLD programme on Transforming Assessment Praxis. The weekly 90-minute programme is aimed at modifying existing assessment and other resources to better meet the needs of learners, and exploring diverse ways of collecting evidence. It includes online meetings, videos and professional readings, and costs $138. The next workshop programme begins on Monday May 11, with others starting Monday July 13 and Monday September 14. See details and register here or email NZQA for information.
Nominate Otago/Southland women & girls in STEM
Nominate your female colleagues and students in Ōtākou and Murihiku for Otago Museum's digital portrait exhibition of 100 women of STEM: “women and girls of all ages who actively embrace science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics as part of their lives”. Deadline is May 30.
Free iQualify science resources
As well as being a distance learning management system developed by the Open Polytechnic, iQualify has developed resources for almost 80 science topics for years 9-13, now available free to secondary schools until the end of Term 2. They include resources for Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics, for achievement and unit standards as well as careers education - download a spreadsheet of available standards. iQualify provides assessments for unit standard but not achievement standard resources; marking is done by schools. Download the offer details.

Individual teachers who want to use up to four resources can enter the name of courses and student details into this spreadsheet. Schools that want to use iQualify more widely need to provide a contact person, with whom iQualify staff work to get staff set up.
See the introductory video and the iQualify website, phone 0800 673 678 or email Schools Partnership Manager, David Farquar. The free offer will be reviewed at the end of Term 2.


Royal Society of NZ video archive

A digital archive of pre-lockdown videos of talks by scientists and about topical issues by RSNZ is available on its Vimeo and YouTube channel.

Primary Science Week postponed

Science in Sound, The 2020 Primary Science Week has been postponed from May 11 to Term 3. See the PSW webpage.

Photography competitions

Entries are now open for the NZ Geographic Photographer and Young Photographer of the year. Young photographer winners are chosen from all entrants under the age of 25, by the quality of their portfolio of images. Categories are Kiwi wildlife, photostory, aerial, society, and landscape. Entry costs $25, and includes a free six-month subscription to nzgeo.com. The deadline is midday, July 15. See the competition details.. 
And don’t forget the deadline for the Otago Museum Wildlife Photography Competition on June 30.

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