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VOLUME 2

ISSUE 6

Science Update 29/05/2013 Welcome to Science Update 2013 No.6 for 2013.

SyllabusPLUS Science The next installment of SyllabusPLUS Science using Adobe Connect will cover the Working Scientifically skills from the new Science 7-10 syllabus. This session will occur on Monday 3rd June (Integrating Working Scientifically outcomes) and will look at how to maximise the number of working scientifically skills within a lesson using the new syllabus. The presentation also uses resources developed to help with lesson planning. If you want to join us for this session use the link below to resister through MyPL. There is no cost associated with the sessions.

Careers in Medical Research Seminar

ASMR is offering a free event aimed at all students in years 10 to 12 who may be interested in a career in medical and biomedical research. More information is attached to this flyer.

CAASTRO in the classroom

https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEv ent.do?eventId=60990

Once you register, participants will be emailed the Adobe Connect link and more information about the session. The closing date for registration is Friday 1st June. Please don’t hesitate to email Jane West or Andrew Hadjichari regarding these sessions. JANE.M.WEST@det.nsw.edu.au ANDREW.HADJICHARI1@det.nsw.edu.au

The next talks will cover topics from the Cosmic Engine and touch on Space and Astrophysics modules. It is also accessible to science students from years 7 to 12. Students are encouraged to chat with a professional astronomer about what it’s like to be a scientist and the tools that astronomers use to understand the Universe. The session will run on 5th June, 11:0011:45am. Please register by completing the booking form on the DART website at http://dartconnections.org.au/DART--‐ excursions/the-life-of-a-star?Back=False

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Science update

Requests

Ulladulla HS Head teacher is looking for a partner school(s) to collaborate and bounce ideas for teaching programs based on the new NSW Science 7-10 syllabus. Please call or email Joshua Westerway on (02) 44551799 or Joshua.Westerway@det.nsw.edu.au Corowa HS Head teacher would like to know if anybody has used digital microscopes and are they better than the optical ones currently used in schools. Please call or email Peter Craft on (02) 6033 1889 or PETER.CRAFT@det.nsw.edu.au SESSION DETAILS FOR ADOBE CONNECT SESSIONS Session Date

3 June

11 June

19 June

Description Session 2: Integrating Working Scientifically outcomes • Support teacher understanding of the transition of working scientifically skills through Stage 4 and 5. • Modelling three approaches to first hand investigations and mapping these approaches to syllabus skills outcomes and content. • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=60990 Session 3: Inquiry based lessons • Explore the 5E model of science inquiry and suggested teaching strategies to support classroom implementation, student engagement and learning • Application of the model in the classroom • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=60991 Session 4: Sample units of work for the new Science 7-10 syllabus • Investigate best practice in curriculum planning and programming for quality teaching and assessing. • Analyse two sample units of work, looking at scope and sequence, unit structure and assessment • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=60993

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The ASMR Medical Research Week ÂŽ Presents

This free event is aimed at all students in years 10-12 interested in pursuing a career path in medical/biomedical research. A range of speakers from Sydney universities will talk about their career path in medical/biomedical research. For more information: phone (02) 9515 4066 or visit www.asmr.org.au/MRWNSW.html

Date & time

Venue

Thursday June 6th, 2013 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (doors open from 9:00 am)

Coles Theatre Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

To reserve a seat, please email Dr. Kristine McGrath at: kristine.mcgrath@uts.edu.au with your name, school and year.

www.facebook.com/theASMR "The ASMR Medical Research Week is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing"


ASMR MEDICAL RESEARCH WEEK® 1st – 8th June, 2013

The NSW Secondary Schools Medical Research Quiz 2013 The Medical Research Quiz

Prizes

An online, 20 question, multiple choice quiz that will test your knowledge, exercise your mind and inspire your imagination.

Prizes: The winner in each category (Year 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12) will receive a prize (iTunes voucher). Winners and top ranking entries in each category will also receive a certificate of merit.

Teachers Get your Year 7-12 students involved in ASMR Medical Research Week®. The quiz is an accessible, entertaining and challenging learning activity that can be conducted in one classroom lesson. The quiz questions are designed to complement the current VCE biology curriculum. Practice by using past quizzes (with answers and web-links).

School visits Meet a real life medical scientist. By arrangement, a medical researcher ASMR representative, can visit your school to present winners with their prizes or to give a careers talk at Sydney metropolitan schools at any time during the year. Contact the quizmaster, Dr Kristine McGrath: kristine.mcgrath@uts.edu.au

Students You can do the quiz in the classroom, library, at home or anywhere there is internet access. Enter Online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASMRschoo lquiz

Entries open May 1st, and close July 5th 2013.

Major National Sponsor of ASMR MRW®

ASMR The Australian Society for Medical Research, Medical Research Week ® includes many exciting events in the week of June 1-8, all over Australia. To find out what is happening in your state, go to: http://www.asmr.org.au/MRWNSW.html


“The Spotty Life of a Star” In recent years astronomers have become able to detect "star-spots" on distant stars! Like the sunspots that frequently dot the "surface" of the nearest star, our Sun, star-spots are relatively cool, dark regions on the visible "surfaces" of some stars. Astronomers believe that a fast-spinning, young star has more sunspots and is more active. So please join Donna and find out how star-spots are detect and what this tells us about the age and evolution of stars, and allows us to better understand our own Sun. This talk will cover topics mainly from the Cosmic Engine module but also touching on the Space & Astrophysics modules of the Physics Stage 6 Syllabus. In general, it is accessible to science students from years 7 to 12. Your students are encouraged to chat with a professional astronomer about what it’s like to be a scientist and the tools that astronomers use to understand the Universe. The session will run on 5th June 2013 11:00 - 11:45am There is no charge for schools to participate. Please register by completing the booking form on the DART website at http://dartconnections.org.au/DART-­‐ excursions/the-­‐life-­‐of-­‐a-­‐star?Back=False  . You can learn more about our program at http://www.caastro.org/citc. Dial in number on your video conference unit: 601056104

Donna  is  a  post-­‐graduate  student  at  the  University  of   Southern  Queensland.  She  works  at  Siding  Spring   Observatory  as  an  Operations  Support  Officer  for  the   Australian  National  University  (ANU),  where  she  is  involved  in   outreach,  telescope  system  support  and  training  observers   how  to  use  the  2.3m  telescope.  She  was  the  first  Australian   woman  to  discover  a  comet  in  2006  and  another  in  2007.


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