CrookED Science Newsletter Term 2 2015
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Dear Friends and Colleagues
Welcome to the Term 2 CrookED Science newsletter.

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

This newsletter brings you 6 items of news: 

Term 1 Infographic

Term 1 was incredibly busy as the infographic below demonstrates:

Bookings for 2016

With the intense demand this year, and 2016 already filling up, we are looking to expand operations. Here are some of the services we offer:

Primary Science

  • A consultant embedded within your school one day per fortnight all-year-round working with K-6 teachers and students, particularly around experiments and Working Scientifically and Working Technologically.
  • Remote mentoring and coaching of teachers via technology.

Senior Physics

  • Full delivery of Y11 and/or Y12 Physics courses through a blended learning approach of face-to-face and online.
  • Partial delivery of Y11 and/or Y12 Physics courses through a blended learning approach to compliment your existing Physics teacher whilst building their capacity still further.
  • Remote mentoring and coaching of teachers via technology.
  • Intensive face-to-face workshops for teachers and/or students.

Science Education Research

  • Comprehensive science education research projects in collaboration with the University of Sydney.
If you are interested in any of these please contact us here.

Expert Scientists in the Classroom

Last term we had the wonderful opportunity to bring some leading expert scientists into the classrooms of primary schools. Lizzy Lowe from the University of Sydney is an international expert on the effects of urbanisation on spiders and is regularly in the national and international media including BBC, ABC, SMH and New Scientist. In February, Lizzy popped into Y1 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mt Pritchard with some not so little golden orb spiders. The students were fascinated whilst demonstrating their own knowledge of a spider's anatomy.
In March, Professor Geraint Lewis of the University of Sydney Skyped into St Ambrose, Concord West. Professor Lewis is an internationally renowned cosmologist who is best known for his work on dark energy, gravitational lensing and galactic cannibalism (how cool does that sound!?) Professor Lewis assisted Y5 & 6 at St Ambrose with their term-long Science & Technology project designing a manned mission to Mars. The students also got to quiz Professor Lewis on anything and everything to do with space including colliding black holes and spaghettification!

In the Media

Last term CrookED Science was featured in various media. The Bankstown Torch wrote a nice feature about St Felix students using the science labs at La Salle College for science experiments facilitated by CrookED Science. Similarly, La Salle's own newsletter featured an article about Y2-6 students from St Mary's Georges Hall, benefitting from a similar experience. [Editor's note - both articles should have read 'a consultant for CrookED Science']. Although not in the media, we should mention that Year 4 & 6 students from St Gertrude's, Smithfield travelled to Mary MacKillop College, Wakeley to benefit from MMC's facilities and experiments with CrookED Science. The University of Sydney School of Physics also ran an article outlining Professor Lewis' work with St Ambrose mentioned earlier.

My latest journal article as part of my PhD thesis An Evaluation of the Impact of 1:1 Laptops on Student Attainment in Senior High School Sciences, previously published in the International Journal of Science Education, was the feature article recently in the Curriculum Leadership Journal. This adds to the features already run by The Australian newspaper and the University of Sydney. (Also keep an eye on the CITE Journal for my fourth paper A Comparison of Technology Use Between Biology and Physics Teachers in a 1:1 Laptop Environment which should be out imminently, plus a couple of ditties in The Conversation).

Conference Presentations

In March I presented BYOD, Mobile Devices and Apps in K-12 Schools at the Future Schools conference. You can find my presentation here

In July I will be presenting The True Value and Future of Science Teachers at CONASTA in Perth. Click on the image below for further information.

Site Updates

Below are some of the updates within the CrookED Science website information that might interest you: Also, don't forget to check out CrookED Science 4 Parents (it's great for teachers too!)
We hope Term 2 is going well for you. Please feel free to forward this to any potentially interested parties or plug on social media.

Kind Regards,

Simon Crook
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