The FizzicsEd Podcast

The FizzicsEd Podcast

For educators and teachers working to make STEM amazing... no matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this education show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn. The FizzicsEd Podcast brings in educators from across Australia and around the world to talk about tips, tricks, lessons and learnings they've had whilst working with students in the classroom and beyond. Hosted by Ben Newsome, a science teacher, author and founder of the multi-award winning science outreach team at Fizzics Education.... Show More

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October 7, 2020 28 min
For over 40 years, Life Education has visited schools across Australia with interactive education programs that promote safe and healthy living. We speak with Terese Hooper, the Director for Education for Life Education in NSW / ACT to find out more about the programs and to learn more about their virtual and online programs.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Life Education

Life Education is Australia’s largest provi...
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September 25, 2020 32 min
Learn more about the TI Codes Contest, where students can design a product that automates or optimises a process or product related to food, then use coding and TI technology to build a model of the solution. We chat with Peter Balyta, President of TI Education Technology to find out more!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About the TI Codes Contest

The 2020 TI Codes Contest is based on a food-themed coding competition, des...
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September 7, 2020 37 min
Discover the QLD Virtual STEM Academy, an initiative Queensland Government’s Advancing Education: An action plan for education in Queensland. After only a couple of years, it has been making a massive difference in providing deep STEM enrichment for highly capable Year 5 to 9 rural and remote students across Queensland. 

This is done by posing Grand Challenges that STEM will solve, connecting students with passionate teachers and ex...
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August 24, 2020 27 min
Discover the impact that SciScouts is having on kids across the ACT and beyond! We chat with Kate Lehane, the Branch Commissioner – STEM & Innovation for the Scouts Australia (ACT Branch) where she leads the SciScouts program encouraging Scouts and Guides to learn more about STEM-related activities and careers.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About SciScouts ACT

SciScouts is Scouts ACT’s STEM and Innovation program es...
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August 13, 2020 15 min
Discover over 50 amazing virtual science offerings via the Sydney Science Trail, a  highly varied science initiative presented by The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week and by ABC Radio Sydney. We chat with Tori Tasker,
Producer of Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum and Christian Eckardt, Team Leader Education and Community Prog...
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Starting off students in STEM in the early years can make such a difference to their perceptions of STEM n their later schooling years. In this episode, we chat with Fiona Morrison who is a passionate advocate of early years STEM and whom shares with us some great ideas for using Minecraft, Beebots and more as tools for connecting students to big concepts.

distance learning classes both authentic and engaging.

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We chat with Lee Gambol, an extraordinary science educator and Distance Learning Coordinator for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Their interactive virtual learning programs are fantastic and we get to hear some of Lee's thoughts on how to make distance learning classes both authentic and engaging.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Lee Gambol

Lee Gambol graduated with a B.A. from Hiram College in the early...
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Giving opportunities for kids to get engaged with reading & hands-on activities is so important! Today we chat with Mark Holmes, publisher of Yarra Media and founder Just Kidding, Australia's largest kids magazine in circulation. This is a fantastic publication for primary teachers looking to expand student literacy through their diverse articles & activities!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Mark Holmes

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June 3, 2020 31 min
Find out how the Inspiring the Future Australia campaign is helping connect students to people in STEM careers! We chat with Adrian Rhodes who is the Director for the project and discover not only how easy it is for schools to connect, but also the impact it is having in breaking down stereotypes.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

More about Adrian Rhodes

Adrian has 48 years of experience in education, community development...
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Bringing science, history & culture together can be so rewarding for learners! In this episode, we chat with Allyson Mitchell who is the Outreach Programs Manager for Penn Museum, also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. From interactive virtual learning to science & cultural engagement programs onsite and beyond, there's a lot happening near the heart of Philadelphia.

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May 21, 2020 27 min
Here's a challenge to take up - why not try combining poetry with your science programs? We chat the positive impact this has on learning and about how this can be done with Dr Sam Illingworth, a Senior Lecturer in science communication at the University of Western Australia.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Dr Sam Illingworth

Dr Sam Illingworth research focusses on using poetry and games to help develop dialogue...
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May 14, 2020 35 min
Hang out with Chris Woods, the host of The STEM Everyday Podcast and mathematics teacher of 20+ years! Find out his thoughts on helping students get engaged in STEM through inquiry-based learning and also how he integrates maths into everyday lessons.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Chris Woods

Chris Woods has been inspiring kids as a math teacher for 20+ years.  In addition to his work in the classroom, Chr...
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Grab your popcorn! We find out more about SCINEMA, the southern hemisphere's largest international science film festival. We find out what's on offer from an eduation point of view as we chat with Ben Lewis, editor of Australia's Science Channel as well as Jennifer Chalmers who is the education specialist for The Royal Institution of Australia.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About the SCINEMA International S...
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Meet Dr Seamus Delaney, a science education lecturer and researcher from Deakin University. He has a real passion for chemistry education and for the past 15 years has been heavily involved with making chemistry accessible for students of all ages. together with the team from Deakin University, Dr Delaney is making a fantastic impact!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Dr Seamus Delaney

Dr Seamus Delaney is a Science E...
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April 5, 2020 29 min
Sadly distance education is now the new normal for at least the next few months. We chat with Karen Player, co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and founder of Sydney Science Education, to find out just what is available for schools, libraries, community groups and more in terms of live interactive classes that are educational, linked with curriculum and presented in alignment with global best practice.

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March 2, 2020 29 min
Find out more about the Ocean Lovers Festival, a celebration of sustainability, science, arts & culture all on Australia's iconic Bondi Beach. We chat with founders Anita Kolni & Carolyn Grant as they describe the huge variety of free activities, workshops, installations and science talks that are happening between March 20 & 22. Dr Vanessa Pirotta also drops by to describe her whale research and the use of drone te...
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Students often have trouble putting their design ideas on paper, especially when it comes to creating designs that need to functionally fit together for a STEM project. Today we chat with award-winning designer Kylie Burrett as she talks about how the Splat 3D tool she created is helping students of all ages master design concepts.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About the Kylie Burrett

Kylie Burrett is a passionate educa...
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February 6, 2020 29 min
Not all students have the opportunity to visit a real farm! Thankfully the NSW Department of Primary Industries has solved this problem by creating the Tocal Virtual Farm. We chat with Jo Hathway who is the school program project officer for the farm, where she guides through what is available for primary and secondary students.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About the Tocal Virtual Farm

Tocal Virtual Farm provides a fan...
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January 24, 2020 28 min
Learn more about an international science competition for high school students, where they can propose an experiment, which can be performed using a particle accelerator. Since 2014 CERN has run the Beamline for Schools competition, where winners are invited each year for two weeks with full cost covered to perform their proposed experiments together with professional scientists at CERN's world-class particle physics laboratori...
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December 17, 2019 22 min
 The Clean Tech Competition is a worldwide research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-college youth that encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. For 2020, that challenge is Reducing ...
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