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
August 19, 2017 51 min
Hidden in the heart of UNSW is the Museum of Human Disease, a fascinating site filled with over 3000 unique specimens for students study and for the public to check out. Recently named one of the city’s treasures by the Sydney Morning Herald, the museum is part of the school of medical sciences and provides information to the public about health, disease, human anatomy and biology. Visitors will see and learn about various infectious, genetic and lifestyle-related diseases. The Director for the Museum, Derek Williamson, takes us behind the scenes to learn more about how the museum is now educating people globally. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education About Derek Williamson
Derek is the director of the Museum of Human Disease, Australia's only publicly accessible medical pathology museum. He works closely with staff and UNSW to improve the quality of the museum’s outreach capabilities and to increase its visibility in the public eye. A former high school teacher, Derek has strong memories of visiting the Western Australian Museum where he fell in love with collections and the stories that only objects can harbour. And ever since I have been trying to tell real stories to touch people’s lives. Derek believes that Museums should, can and do change lives through provocation and revelation. Top 3 Learnings

Unusual objects raise questions and promote interest! This museum clearly has interesting objects for people to view and as such their lessons grab students attention. Can you emulate this? What objects can you use in your own teaching that will promote interest in STEM? You don’t have to break the bank here, it’s just a matter of finding objects that will begin conversations.
Experiment with technology! The Museums of Human Disease not only does traditional face to face lessons … they’re heavily involved in video conferencing, augmented reality and VR plus the creation of an online resource ‘SLICE’ as an image repository of x-rays, microscopy & more for use by other Universities has been outstanding. Check out (biomedical education skills and training network) for more details.
Use a hook to grab kid’s attention, in this case... ZOMBIES! Got to love how a parent described how her 10-year-old child went to a holiday program about zombies and then spent most of the time reading about human pathology and infectious disease. Yes, zombies are a hook… but if it works why not use it?

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