Category Archives: scientific literacy

Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay and Poetry Competition

http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/starlightfestival/poetry.shtml Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay and Poetry Competition Students in Years 5-8 and 9-13 are invited to submit an essay of not more than 600 words or a poem of no more than 40 lines by Monday 10th August 2015 … Continue reading

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Eureka

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’” ~ Isaac Asimov (quoted p.142 in Brown) Following this quote, Brown goes on to say: “The state that most promotes … Continue reading

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visual stories teach concepts

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What science is

I particularly enjoy this description of what science is: In a Kim Hill panel discussion on Radio New Zealand, Paul Callaghan explains: “…Science has a particular way of operating. It’s based on observation with requirements of consistency. And one of … Continue reading

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Scientific findings vs. scientists’ speculations

“There is a difference between scientific findings and scientists’ speculations. Often the public is not told which it is being fed.” ~ Chris de Freitas Ref: Chris de Freitas ‘Jury still out on global warming’ pp.6-8 New Zealand Geographic No.64, … Continue reading

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Matariki on National Radio

http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/matariki

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What you learn in the garden is closely linked with natural cycles

This introduction to permaculture may better make sense of why I include information on water cycles and such things in a blog ostensibly interested in education/literacy… Ross Mars explains: “Many people think of food gardens and self-sufficiency when they think … Continue reading

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A forest of trees is essentially a lake above the ground

Ross Mars writes: “What we call climate, the daily and seasonal changes in temperature, rainfall and so on, is influenced by the water cycle, and the importance of trees, in providing water to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation of … Continue reading

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Kids books that deal with real world science

Have I mentioned this book? I don’t think so… I highly recommend it: Bridget Heos (2013) Stronger than Steel: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: Boston, New … Continue reading

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Manners make us human

Valerie Curtis “argue[s] that, far from being an old-fashioned set of rules about which fork to use, manners are so important that they should be up there with fire and the invention of language as a prime candidate for what … Continue reading

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