Pānui Hereturikōkā / August Newsletter

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Science discussions for teachers of Y1-10
NZASE Network of Expertise facilitators are hosting monthly, one-hour discussions for NZASE members who teach Science in Y1-8 and Y7-10, to connect, discuss challenges, and share useful approaches. Teachers can join either or both sessions. Discussions run from 3.30-4.30pm. Y1-8 dates: Wednesday 12 August; Wednesday September 9; Wednesday October 14, Wednesday November 11. Y7-10 dates: Tuesday August 18; Tuesday September 15; Tuesday October 20; Tuesday November 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.

Share your research with teachers of science

If you are a teacher of science at any level who has completed science-related postgraduate study, we’d love to help you publicise your results to NZASE members and newsletter readers. What have you found that could benefit others? Please email Science Communicators Mike Stone and Jenny Rankine.

Suggestions for a unit on sound
Primary Science Week from September 14 to 18 focuses on sound, and is a great opportunity to bring some practical physics into your programme. Download our suggestions for teaching a unit on sound for years 1 to 10, with ideas of the sorts of things you can do. A publicly available resource.

The world's biggest ocean current

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is also the only current reaching from the surface to the bottom of the ocean, and has a huge effect on global climate. Jenny Pollock shares this article, a product of her time with NIWA on a Royal Society Teacher Fellowship, co-written with NIWA’s Mike Williams. Download this member-only resource.
Māori nutrition researcher Lisa Te Morenga
We continue our series of profiles of Māori scientists with Lisa (Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whātua o Orakei, Te Uri o Hau, Te Rarawa), whose systematic reviews of research underpin WHO, European and US dietary guidelines. She also worked with communities to design the mobile health app OL@-OR@, which has been enthusiastically received by Maori and Pasifika communities and other researchers. Download this publicly-available resource.
Creative assessment in Science
Physics teacher Mary Rabbidge surveyed and interviewed teachers about creative assessment in science - podcasting and storytelling in different media - and developed her own website with examples that she has tried. Download our member-only resource.
SciCon keynote Cather Simpson
Professor Cather Simpson is the last keynote to be confirmed for SciCon in November. Register here; if you registered for the conference before lockdown, you are still registered.
Professor Simpson carries out internationally recognised research in the boundaries between chemistry and physics. She studies the ability of molecules to convert light into more useful forms of energy, using spectroscopy to probe the molecular dynamics, and quantum chemistry to understand them. Her research on laser-matter interactions has led to projects using ultrashort laser pulses for machining.
She also directs the University of Auckland’s Photon Factory. This pulsed-laser research facility runs student mentoring projects and visits, and works with science subject associations. Professor Simpson is also involved in the Science Scholars Programme, an enriched science curriculum for our best science students. See profiles of other SciCon keynotes.
Search the hundreds of Conservation Week events around the country and start planning for August 15-23.  See central concepts of kaitiakitanga and current examples on Te Ara, and the example of Te Whaiti School.
The Department of Conservation suggests classroom activities, information about animal and plant conservation, pests and threats, and provides programmes and resources for conservation education.

Measuring light pollution around the country

Stargazers in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia who took part in a light pollution marathon on June 21 broke the record for observations (each dot is one observation point). This impressive effort stimulated Wellington’s Space Place to continue monitoring light pollution - the excessive use of light at night - in Wellington, and they have invited NZASE teachers to participate from other towns and cities.
All students need is a computer or mobile phone with internet access; then they count the number of stars they see around particular constellations from their street a couple of hours after sunset on particular nights. They then compare their sightings with Space Place maps and report their results on the Globe at Night website. See the step-by-step guide. Space Place will use this data as part of a worldwide project to inform city planners and reclaim the night sky in our cities.

Backyard diversity video series

This 11-episode video series helps students discover wildlife in their backyards, with information on critters and tips on finding and enhancing biodiversity wherever they are. It was co-produced by environmental educators Ash (Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust) and Emily Roberts (Taranaki Regional Council) during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Each episode comes with a task for students to complete, and a set of resources for further reading and exploration. Download videos from the Rotokare SRT website, and download interactive student tasks. The producers are keen for teacher and student feedback, so email Emily Roberts.

EcoQuest eco-camps in Kaiaua
EcoQuest invites New Zealand high schools to their eco-camps in Kaiaua, on the western shore of Tikapa Moana, the Firth of Thames, for term 3 or 4 and beyond. They originally hosted US tertiary students doing ecological fieldwork in NZ. EcoQuest's field centre can house up to 26 students at their university-level ecology lab. Email Assistant Professor Shelley Langton-Myers, phone 09 232 2501 or see their website.
International Education Perfect competition
Education Perfect, a New Zealand-founded international education software company, is running a free Science World Series competition from August 18 - 25. Students complete activities on Education Perfect to earn points on a global scoreboard, with prizes for top scoring schools and students, and spot prizes throughout the seven-day competition. Students need an EP account, which can be set up solely to take part in the EPWS. Register your students here.
Contribute to an international ecoscience review
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is calling for teacher reviews of its latest draft report, to say how it impacts on education. The IPBES is an independent body representing 94 countries that aims to get eco-science into national policies. The report about the underlying causes of biodiversity loss looks at what could create transformative change to achieve the 2050 vision for biodiversity. The deadline for contributions is August 28; register here. International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) NZ representative Matthew Turnbull asks teachers to also email a copy to him.
Hereturikōkā events related to Science
Science events and conferences are back to pre COVID-19 levels - see the listing on our website.
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