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Science Update 29/01/2013 Welcome to Science Update 2013 No.1 for 2013.

Welcome back, I hope everybody has enjoyed their well -earned rest .

Latest information on Functional realignment NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (NSWCLIC) ceased to exist on 25th January 2013. Secondary science curriculum advice

Professional development for science teachers Every year is busy in schools but 2013 is going to be even busier as schools prepare for the implementation of new syllabuses. Check out the following website for information and advice on implementation https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/australiancurriculuminnsw

is now part of Learning and Leadership, Secondary Education. In the near future the location of NSWCLIC will change so there will be changes to

For science teachers there is support for the implementation of the new syllabus. There is an online registered course that supports the introduction of the new curriculum in schools. http://lrr.dlr.det.nsw.edu.au/LRRView/14242/

contact details. At the moment contact details are Jane West (email, telephone 98867139)

This five hour course can be done individually or as a faculty group. It consists of a series of audits that will help to see where your school is up to and results in an action plan to set out the implementation for science in your school.

Andrew Hadjichari has returned to his position as Head Teacher Science North Sydney Boys High. I would like to thank Andrew for all the great work he did last year and wish him well in the coming year. His expertise will be missed. Please note that there is one curriculum support officer for Science 7-12. Science Update now online at http://issuu.com/science_newletter If you wish to unsubscribe to this material, please reply to this email with a “Remove me” in the subject field of the email. Also, if you are no longer a Head Teacher Science, could you email us your r eplacement’s name and/or email address. If you are relieving and you would like to be part of the list then please do not hesitate to respond and we will add you to the group. The non- DEC products and events listed in this eNews are to be used at the reader’s discretion. The inclusion of product and event information is not an endorsement by the DEC.


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Latest information and Flyers Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ASELL) The ASELL project aims to improve the

Resources There are also resources designed to increase familiarisation with the new syllabus. The first two of these are available now with the third coming soon.

quality of learning in school science laboratories by making available student tested, peer reviewed experiments which are scientifically and educationally sound. www.asell.org

International Science School 2013 NANOSCIENCE: Small wonders, big future The ISS2013’s theme is Nanoscience: Small Wonders, Big Future. It will bring together top international and Australian nanoscience

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experts - along with leaders from the breadth of science, including keynote speaker and Nobel prize-winning cosmologist Professor Brian Schmidt. There will also be many hands-on workshops, lab tours and social activities.

Museum of Human Disease Programs and resources update

Liverpool Area Science Teachers

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Association Meeting and Space Camp information

Science Update now online at http://issuu.com/science_newletter If you wish to unsubscribe to this material, please reply to this email with a “Remove me” in the subject field of the email. Also, if you are no longer a Head Teacher Science, could you email us your replacement’s name and/or email address. If you are relieving and you would like to be part of the list then please do not hesitate to respond and we will add you to the group. The non- DEC products and events listed in this eNews are to be used at the reader’s discretion. The inclusion of product and event information is not an endorsement by the DEC.


INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE SCHOOL 2013 NANOSCIENCE:

SMALL WONDERS, BIG FUTURE

Do you have great students who are passionate about science? Or have colleagues who could name a few? If so, then tell them about the Professor Harry Messel International Science SchooL (ISS2013). The ISS2013’s theme is Nanoscience: Small Wonders, Big Future. It will bring together top international and Australian nanoscience experts - along with leaders from the breadth of science, including keynote speaker and Nobel prize-winning cosmologist Professor Brian Schmidt. There will also be many hands-on workshops, lab tours and social activities. The ISS2013 is a two-week residential science camp held from 30 June to 13 July 2013 at the University of Sydney. It brings together 150 high achieving high school science students from 10 countries for two weeks for this amazing experience. Students apply online for a scholarship to attend to the ISS. Applicants are open to students in year 11 and 12 in 2013. For more information about the program and to find out how to apply (including the application criteria) visit the ISS website - sydney.edu.au/science/iss2013.

ISS2013 30 June - 13 July 2013 School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Camperdown campus Applications close: 21 February 2013 Enquiries: Alex Green T 02 9036 6188 E alexandra.green@ sydney.edu.au sydney.edu.au/science/ iss2013


Group visits – details Of course we are open for bookings enquiries for your groups. The traditional second term visit continues to be busy so call us now to secure your preferred date and time. We are instigating a number of new worksheet and topic options for 2013, including an IB worksheet, NEW worksheets for Biology and Senior Science, a Communications option to add to your visit and a suite of virtual labs to be released this year. SEE links below. To help introduce your students to the Museum experience we have a new 3 minute introductory video http://bit.ly/MOHDintrovid - take a look and tell us what you think – will it help you get your students interested? How could we make it better? Video Conferences – details http://bit.ly/MOHDVCpage Bridget has created a great program of VCs for 2013. Our regular Friday research based presentations continue in term 1. We also have a series of VCs for Organ Donation Week, and Brain Awareness week. As well as this are specialist Video Conferences including PLUK dissection, HSC revision and infectious noninfectious diseases. All can be tailored to any secondary stage. SEE links below. Give us a call to discuss how we can get real medical research into your classroom. Brain Awareness Week – Workshops SOLD OUT – see video conferences for alternative options We are running our successful “Get Into Your Headspace” program on brain biology for Brain Awareness Week. This program introduces junior secondary students to current research and researchers in this growing field of Biology. Teacher days – details Senior Science – Friday March 22nd http://bit.ly/MOHDSSPD Biology 1 – Friday April 12th http://bit.ly/BTPDDAPRILweb PDHPE – Friday August 9th TBC Biology 2 – Friday October 18th TBC


Regional Tours This year we will be partnering with our Medicine faculty Rural Clinical Schools to return to two centres in regional NSW to run schools and public programs. Call us to register Interest Albury July 30 & 31 Port Macquarie August 6 & 7 LINKS New museum worksheets etc IB Biology http://bit.ly/MOHDIBsheet HSC Biology http://bit.ly/mohdbiowrksht2013 HSC Senior Science http://bit.ly/mohdsensciwrksht2013 Updated Risk Assessment http://bit.ly/MOHDvisitRA Past video conference videos Blood and the Circulatory System - http://bit.ly/bloodcircvc - presented by Sean Goh How soaps clean your skin - http://bit.ly/mohdsoapvc - presented by Carah Figueroa-Crisostomo a Third year Medical science Student Justification for research into artificial blood - http://bit.ly/mohdartbloodresjust - presented by Dr Bridget Murphy Resources Cancer Council NSW guide to self checking for skin cancer http://bit.ly/selfcheckcancercouncil “The Conversation” explainer of epigenetics http://bit.ly/epigenet Virtual “photosynthesis” tutorial for secondary students http://bit.ly/MOHDSSphotosynthesis Virtual laboratory for testing respiration rates in an oxygen electrode http://bit.ly/MOHDSSO2electrode Historic look at the beginnings of ANSTO as they celebrate 60 years of nuclear research http://bit.ly/ansto60yrs For more information about any of our programs visit the education section of our website, www.diseasemuseum.unsw.edu.au , call (02) 93851522 or email diseasemuseum@unsw.edu.au


Advancing Science By Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory  (ASELL) 

Are you interested in improving practicals? Come along to The Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory  (ASELL) Workshop. In this workshop you will find out about how to improve student experiences of practicals and meet up  with other teachers who are trying to revitalise their practicals. You will also learn about how to incorporate science inquiry  into your practicals and test experiments that could be used with the new Australian Curriculum. This is a great opportunity to  view  a  range  of  practicals  in  a  'hands  on'  format  and  share  ideas.  This  workshop  will  count  towards  NSW  Institute  teacher   identified PD.    What  is  ASELL?  The  decade‐long  ASELL  project  is  recognised  for  its  contributions  towards  improving  undergraduate   experiments.  Visit the website (www.asell.org). It is now expanding into schools with support from the University of Sydney  and Curtin University with support from the Australian Council of Deans of Sciences. ASELL Schools aims to:   Create  a  repository  of  practicals  with  all  associated  documentation;  ranging  from  notes  on  health  and  safety,   equipment, the science; and notes for teachers and technical staff.   Provide authentic professional learning workshops on practicals in schools.   Facilitate an interface and interaction between school and university staff.    We invite you to attend and/or submit an experiment for evaluation at the 2013 ASELL Schools Science Workshop. You are  also invited to bring a student to gain insights from students’ perspective. It will be a place where teachers can talk to other  science teachers and share ideas with like minded people and hear from experts. More importantly, ASELL and the workshop  will be a way that teachers and academics can work together in improving science practicals and experiences for high school  students.  

Upcoming ASELL Schools Science Workshop  Date: Friday 26 April 2013  Venue: SHORE School, Blue Street, North Sydney, NSW, 2060  Time: 8:30am‐4pm  Cost: FREE. Register online by 5 April 2013 at http://tinyurl.com/bjucf5n   Practical submissions  If you would like to submit a practical, please complete an Expression of Interest Form online at http://tinyurl.com/ag84rzw  by  25  February  2013.  This  will  ensure  all  reagents  and  equipment  are  available  and  help  us  determine  whether  the   experiment can be run at SHORE School.  The other documentation (notes on health and safety, equipment, the science; and notes for teachers and technical staff; and  ASELL educational template – sections 1 and 2) can follow later. Experiments can be either single or double period practicals  from any discipline.  Below is a timeline of when the different pieces of information are required:   Expression of Interest of experiments to be evaluated – 28 February 2013   Experiments to be evaluated at workshop are chosen and teachers informed – 4 March 2013   Full technical notes, hazard assessments, student notes, and teacher notes are due – 18 March 2013   Registrations for workshop due – 5 April 2013   ASELL educational template (sections 1 and 2) is due – 25 March 2013   Workshop – 26 April 2013.  Want more information?  Contact Alexandra Yeung by email (alexandra.yeung@sydney.edu.au) or  phone 9351 8715   visit the website http://www.asell.org/ASELL‐Workshops/2013‐ASELL‐Schools ‐Science‐Workshop to download the relevant forms.  

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