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SouthSci Newsletter

Tēnā koutou, tena koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome to our first SouthSci newsletter of 2019!

We’re aiming for three newsletters a year with updates on current SouthSci-funded projects, celebrating old favourites, and sharing some links and resources that might help you design a participatory science-style project yourself.

My role at COMET Auckland is STEM Manager, which includes project management of SouthSci. I initially trained as a scientist, with a PhD in molecular genetics, and then moved into science communication. I joined COMET Auckland in 2015, did a teaching degree in 2017 for professional development, and now work part-time at a school in Flatbush as a STEM project-based learning coach.

Through my COMET work I often help schools that are interested in setting up science projects or moving towards a transdisciplinary curriculum approach. I love to talk about science and learning, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

This model of science pedagogy - a crossdisciplinary method of learning about science through projects - opens doors for extending your engaged students, and interesting your disengaged students.

Using project-based learning can have benefits over and above student engagement too. It can act as a vehicle for deepening relationships with your local iwi or hapū, and with local business and industry. This in turn opens up networks to support teachers in different fields and contexts of learning and illuminates local career pathways for your students.

If you’re interested in learning more about this model, or need some support to get started, Edutopia has a guide here.

You’re also welcome to get in touch with us, to join our workshop at the Primary Teachers Conference, or to apply for SouthSci funding if you’re in south Auckland.

We look forward to hearing from you!   

Read the full April 2019 Newsletter  

April 2019 Newsletter