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CrookED Science Newsletter Term 2 2016
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Welcome to the Term 2 CrookED Science newsletter of 2016. 

CrookED Science is a science & technology education consultancy working with primary and secondary schools, school systems, universities and organisations across Australia.

This newsletter brings you 10 items: 

1.   Programming for K-6 Science & Technology, 7 Oct


Due to constant requests, we have created a course, Programming for K-6 Science & Technology, aimed at helping primary teachers write programs for Science and Technology in an engaging and compliant fashion to address the NSW Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus. This workshop will be taking place on Friday 7th October at St Christopher's Primary School, Panania. It will contribute 5 hours of BOSTES accredited PD.

Delegates will be looking at their school’s scope and sequence for K-6 Science and Technology; ensuring that every outcome is addressed including all of the Science and Technology knowledge and understanding outcomes and the Working Scientifically and Working Technologically skill outcomes; creating pacing guides; examining the place of Program Builder; collaboratively programming in an online environment; and where and how to choose engaging hands-on experiments and activities from the plethora of resource repositories out there. Collaboration and sharing will be actively encouraged between participants.

Press the icon below or follow this link to register for this event and find out more details 
http://programmingk-6scitech.eventbrite.com.au
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2.   Working Scientifically & Technologically Feedback


On Tuesday 26th April we held a second Working Scientifically & Technologically course, this time at St Paul of the Cross Primary School, Dulwich Hill. In attendance were 34 teachers including principals, from as far away as Thalgarrah. The day was a great success with teachers gaining 5 hours of accredited PD towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. The feedback was extremely positive including this comment: "An exceptional day! Extremely well organised, highly informative and interactive".

Should your school or organisation be interested in hosting such an event, or if as a teacher you wish for yourself and/or colleagues to attend a similar event please let us know.
 

3.   ABC Splash STEM Teacher Talk, 23 May

Tune into the ABC Splash STEM Teacher Talk at 4pm on Monday 23rd May and join in the conversation. I will be answering questions about STEM in schools and facilitating the discussion along with Annabel Astbury from ABC Splash.

4.   STANSW Physics Conference, 6 June

Calling all Physics teachers - on Monday 6th June, at the wonderful new Sydney Nanoscience Hub at the University of Sydney, the Science Teachers' Association NSW (STANSW) will be holding their 2016 Physics Conference. I will be giving two presentations: How the use of technology has improved attainment in HSC Physics and why, based on my PhD research at the University of Sydney; and Validity, Reliability & Accuracy, based on these often misunderstood HSC Physics skills.

5.   Education Nation, 7 & 8 June

Get yourselves along to Luna Park on 7th & 8th June for the exciting new national conference Education Nation. Drawing on local talent, Education Nation is looking to get past the fluff and provide some challenging conversations along with practical solutions. I will be part of a panel on 7th June discussing STEM, STEAM or Something Else? On 8th June I will be presenting the opening keynote Future Problems, Future Solutions

6.   Love Learning, August/September

In August and September, the Love Learning Conference and Roadshows will be taking place across Australia. I will be running Science Skills for Primary Teachers workshops as part of the roadshows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. I will also hopefully be running a STEM Leadership pre-conference workshop for principals (TBC).

7.   TeachMeet SydSciFest, 18 Aug

Building on the success of last year's Sydney Science Festival TeachMeet hosted by CrookED Science at the University of Sydney, this year, in collaboration with NSW Department of Education, Sydney Catholic Schools, Australian Independent Schools NSW and the Australian Museum, the TeachMeet SydSciFest will be held at the Australian Museum on Thursday 18 August from 4-7pm. Please register here for free.

Don't forget to get involved in Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week as a whole in mid-August. 

8.   CrookED Science Nominated for Two Awards

We are delighted at CrookED Science to have been nominated for two prestigious awards. In the nationwide Australian Small Business Champion Awards we made the Finals. Congratulations to our friends at Fizzics Education who won the Education Services category! We have also been named Finalists of the Inner West Local Business Awards. The winners will be announced at the end of June - fingers crossed! Thank you to everyone who voted for us and provided testimonials. 

9.   Booking CrookED Science for 2017


This year we are again working with primary and secondary schools and school systems regarding primary Science & Technology and HSC Physics.

In primary schools this year, we are working in the classrooms with the teachers and students, K-6, looking to empower the teachers and bring science and technology alive for the students. We are also running science and technology programming for K-6 teachers in individual schools. In addition, we are running BOSTES accredited professional development workshops for school systems in such places as Sydney, Bathurst, Dubbo, Mudgee, Orange and Lismore. If you would like more information on how to get involved in 2017 please contact us via http://crookedscience.com/primary-science/.

In secondary schools this year, we are complimenting the work of physics teachers with additional online and face-to-face instruction, support and feedback for students. We are also running intensive all-day revision programs for students. For teachers, we are running BOSTES accredited workshops for Preliminary and HSC Physics, drilling down into the skills and difficult experiments as well as the specific content knowledge. If you would like more information on how to get involved in 2017 please contact us via http://crookedscience.com/hsc-science/.

10.   Apology


Just a quick apology to anyone who was spammed by our Twitter, Facebook or Blog accounts a few weeks back. No we weren't hacked; we tried to automate posts between the accounts but overdid it and they kept reposting each other ad infinitum. Sorry!

We hope Term 2 is going well for you. Please do forward this email onto colleagues.

Kind Regards,

Simon Crook
crookedscience.com

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