Category Archives: Science education

Cell Biology

Just an aside – this is a good little book: Cell Biology, by Aubrey Stimola (Rosen Publishing, New York, 2011, part of the Science Made Simple series). It works many metaphors into the discussion, but they are all common to … Continue reading

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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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Doubt and science – the politics of doubting climate change

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/writers/audio/2493432/michael-king-memorial-lecture-on-science-and-doubt Very interesting! Michael King Memorial Lecture: on science and doubt Originally aired on Writers and Readers Festivals, Sunday 17 July 2011 There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and … 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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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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Where to start? Childhood success in gardening

Originally posted on Tikorangi The Jury Garden:
Lobelia and pansies – two choices among many quick maturing annuals I was chatting to a Waikato reader this week and we got on to the subject of encouraging children to garden. It’s…

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Science is really about ignorance

In a recent TED talk blog, In praise of ignorance (http://blog.ted.com/2013/09/24/in-praise-of-ignorance/), Jessica Gross writes: “Science, we generally are told, is a very well-ordered mechanism for understanding the world, for gaining facts, for gaining data,” biologist Stuart Firestein says in today’s TED talk. “I’d like to … Continue reading

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LATE at the Museum

Looks great: LATE: Of Gods and Men, SMART Talk series, 2013 http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/whats-on/series/late I missed most of them, but hopefully Radio NZ National will pick them up again: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/smarttalk. I especially would have liked to attend: LATE: Tangaroa – Our Oceans THURSDAY, … 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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