• iceberg
  • boy with flowers
  • checking water quality
  • planet eclipse
  • solarsystem model
  • rangitoto trees
  • kids with test tubes
  • kids with earth
  • snowy mountains
  • teens in physics class
  • Rainbow Clouds

    Refraction and diffraction of light through ice crystals in the clouds

  • Philippa On The Ice

    Philippa On The Ice Philippa Werry at an Antarctic research camp 2016

New Zealand Science Teacher

Teacher Education in Science

Earth-shattering science

The New Zealand science teachers' conference will have a special focus on earth and space science in 2016.

160930771 checking water qualityNZASE invites all science teachers to join them in the beautiful Hutt Valley for SciCon 2016, to explore science in action.

Sometimes described as 'New Zealand's science heartland', Hutt City boasts the highest proportion of practising scientists per capita of any New Zealand city. 

Organised by Capital City Science Educators (CCSE), SciCon 2016 will be an interesting mix of field trips and interactive opportunities. Special events are planned for primary science teachers, and delegates can expect a strong focus on the earth sciences throughout the conference.

There will also be many networking and fellowship activities, including a welcome reception at the Dowse Gallery, a gala dinner, and a separate social event on the Tuesday evening.

The research strand will be hosted by the NZARE Science Special Interest Group, and is intended to make the research-practice nexus more visible. The theme, 'Shaking up science education' builds on the Conference Theme of 'Earth-shattering science' and recognises the large number of individuals and groups involved in innovative research projects across New Zealand – from teaching inquiries undertaken by teachers in their own classrooms, to national initiatives seeking to inform science education and the government's goal of a more scientifically engaged public. 

Find more information about the conference here.

Important dates:

SciCon 2016: 10-13 July, 2016

Call for presentations is open from now until May 16, 2016.

Pre-registration will open Monday 7 December 2015, offering early bird rates (group registration available).

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