CrookED Science Newsletter Term 1 2016
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome to the first 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 5 items of news: 

1.   Working Scientifically & Technologically, 26/4/16

Due to popular demand we are once again running the BOSTES accredited Working Scientifically & Technologically course for primary teachers on Tuesday 26th April 2016,  9.00am-3.00pm, at St Paul of the Cross Primary School, Dulwich Hill. Participants will be learning, performing and assessing a variety of achievable and innovative K-6 science experiments in a primary school setting. We will be examining various methods of science pedagogy to facilitate student acquisition of experimental skills. We will also be exploring the nature of the NSW Science & Technology K–6 Syllabus, scientific literacy, resources and risk assessment. In addition, Working Technologically and the Technology substrands will be unpacked and a variety of opportunities for cross-curricular integration with Science, the new History and Geography syllabuses and other subjects will be discussed.
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2.   Booking CrookED Science for 2016 and 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, 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 days 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 please contact us via

In secondary schools, we are complimenting the work of physics teachers with additional online 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. If you would like more information on how to get involved please contact us via

3.   Congratulations to Two Excellent Physicists

In January it was an honour to be part of the Sydney University Physics Education Research (SUPER) group to attend the American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Conference in New Orleans. One of the highlights was listening to the keynote by Dr Derek Muller (of Veritasium and Uranium fame) and seeing him receive the 2016 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award for outstanding contributions to physics and effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators. Derek is an alumnus of SUPER, and to make this event extra special, every SUPER PhD student past and present, along with Associate Professor Manju Sharma, was present to cheer on Derek.

A big congratulations must also go out to Dr Helen Georgiou (second from the left), also of SUPER, who has been appointed Lecturer at the University of Wollongong. As many of the HSC Physics students know, Helen was a very important part of the CrookED Science engine room, developing many of the online resources.

4.   Conference Presentations

As well as cheering on Derek in New Orleans I was also there to present my own PhD research at the American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Conference. Focusing mostly on my third and fourth papers, my presentation, entitled An Evaluation of the Impact of 1:1 Laptops on Student Attainment in Senior High School Sciences, can be found here
Last Saturday I also presented at the Science Teachers' Association of New South Wales (STANSW) Annual Conference Science Education: Exploring New Horizons. My presentation was entitled 5 ways to win with the new K-6 Science & Technology syllabus, and can be found here.

5.   Education Nation

On 7th and 8th June an exciting new national conference will be held in Sydney. Education Nation is an education event dedicated to one thing – providing a national forum that can make a difference in Australia’s F-12 education system. 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 presenting on Future Problems, Future Solutions. More details can be found at
We hope the year has started well for you. Please feel free to forward this email onto colleagues.

Kind Regards,

Simon Crook

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