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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February 25, 2021 50 min
We chat with Karl Easton, a passionate digital technologies teacher with a flair for connecting students with the real world. So many ideas given by Karl for helping students make real connections with STEM to the real world!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Karl Easton

Karl is a passionate K-6 teacher who revels in motivating, educating and informing his students. He specializes in all things digital; from coding to...
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Find out more about Girls Day Out in STEM, an Australian program that empowers and inspires girls aged 10-14 years towards a career in STEM. Meet the founder Petriea Skitek

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Petriea Skitek

Petriea Skitek gained her Arts degree at Griffith University, focusing on economics and women in politics, then studied Education at University of New England. She has decades of experience in event ...
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We chat with Phyllis Friello, Education Manager for professional development at Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center’s Educator Resource Center to find out more about the Space Exploration Educators Conference. So much on offer, and this year you can connect virtually!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Phyllis Friello

Phyllis Friello is the Education manager for professional development at Space Center Ho...
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We chat with Jacqueline Monteith who helps teachers & students across Manitoba with engaging in science, no matter how isolated they are.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Jacqueline Monteith

Jacqueline began teaching high school in Northern Canada after graduating from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, Jacqueline received her Master’s Degree in Distance Education and in 2013, she began her current position as ...
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January 9, 2021 28 min
We hang out with Dr Jo Montgomery, a primary science specialist who works with students across the UK to help them get excited & inspired in STEM!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Dr Jo Montgomery

With both a teaching and science background, Dr Jo Montgomery has more than 20 years’ experience working with children and schools to support science education from Early Years to university. Passionate about encouragin...
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December 13, 2020 27 min
Heather Catchpole from Careers with STEM joins us to talk about the variety of STEM careers out there and gives valuable advice for students interested in learning more about STEM career pathways.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded STEM-specialist media company Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to creating a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they nee...
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December 3, 2020 32 min
We hang out with Isla Nakano as she chats about her role as the host of Scope, a national kids science show that goes across Australia on Network Ten. isla is passionate about getting kids into science and we get to hear about her pathway into being a science presenter on TV and what it takes to pull segments together for a national audience.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Isla Nakano

Isla is currently the host of ...
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Margaret Croucher has worked as a laboratory technician for schools for over 30 years and as chair of the Association of Science Education Technicians NSW, she brings a wealth of knowledge & support to labbies for schools across NSW & beyond!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Margaret Croucher

Margaret Croucher from Le Salle College Bankstown is a highly respected lab technician and is highly passionate about ...
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We chat with Dr James O'Hanlon from In Situ Science about his thoughts on what makes great science communication and the importance of choosing your medium. We also hear about his own ecological research and how science has taken him to many places!

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Dr James O'Hanlon

James O'Hanlon is a scientist, artist and science communicator. His research aims to understand the weird a...
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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.

Hosted by Ben Newsome f...
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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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