Dr Karl

Have you ever wondered if people really see red when they are angry or why we get bags under our eyes?

Well then, do I have a show for you!

Dr Karl on triplej along with host Zan Rowe is bringing “Science to the peeps”

Tune in to triplej at 11am on Thursdays or log on to the website here http://www.abc.net.au/science/drkarl/scienceontriplej/?topic=

As well as links to podcasts of the programs, you will find links to Great Moments in Science, Karl Trek, Sleek Geeks and a Self Service Science Forum. Check it out!!! 🙂

Learning Resources from the Queensland Museum

Thanks to Pics4Learning for the photo

Thanks to Pics4Learning for the photo

Queensland Museum recently seconded some educators from Queensland Education to develop a range of fantastic on-line learning resources.

Divided into Primary, Secondary and suitable for everyone, the resources include digital stories, interactive games, downloadable fact sheets and suggested learning strategies.

In one of the activities, “Wild Backyards” you get to check out backyards in three different areas in Queensland. Each one shows a short film, narrated by the person whose home it is. You will see a range of wildlife and hear about what it might be like to live there. Fantastic!!!

Check it out at http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/education/learningresources.asp

Happy National Science Week!

National Science Week 2009 logo

National Science Week 2009 logo

It’s National Science Week and time to celebrate!

The theme for this year is Ignite Your Imagination!

There are lots of wonderful things happening to celebrate science, check it out!

Have a look at the National Science Week website on http://www.scienceweek.gov.au/Pages/index.aspx

Find science week events in your state or click on the “Schools” tab for ideas.

Schools have a special theme Astronomy Science Without Limits – check out the schools webpage at http://www.scienceweek.gov.au/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

The CSIRO has it’s own National Science Week page filled with events, contacts, a science week blog, even a link to Twitter!

Check it out at http://www.csiro.au/events/NationalScienceWeek.html

The ABC also has a fantastic science site. Check it out at http://www.abc.net.au/science/

There are wonderful links to Australia’s First Astronomers, a night sky quiz and HEAPS of other wonderful links.

I LOVE the moon photos, so beautiful.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a huge deal! A small experiment, a visit to the Zoo, Scienceworks and the Planetarium, the Museum or Aquarium. Even blowing bubbles or making balloon animals are all ways to celebrate science. Go for it 🙂

Dont forget to drop me a line and let me know how you celebrated National Science Week 2009.

Do you like films and science? Then have a look at Planet SciCast.

What is Planet SciCast I hear you ask?

Well, according to the “About” page on their website:

Planet SciCast is four things:

  1. A competition to get children, young people, teachers, parents, science communicators and science/engineering/technology professionals all making short films about practical science.
  2. A web resource of all those movies (plus write-ups of the activities, experiments and demonstrations), for the use and amusement of everyone involved, but particularly for schools.
  3. A platform for other science engagement projects to share their work with a wider audience.
  4. Finally, a discussion about who’s job it is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with entertaining science related material.

There are some wonderful films on the site about almost everything to do with science. Maybe you will be inspired to make a film to submit yourself 🙂

You can access their website by clicking the link above or their URL is: http://www.planet-scicast.com/films.cfm (last accessed 6/7/09)

New Games!

I have added some fantastic new games to the “Interactive Science Games Page”

Check out the Apollo 11 Moon landing at We Choose the Moon or test your knowledge and skill against Garfield at Professor Garfield’s Knowledge Ring.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle at Jigsaw Planet.

Don’t forget, if you know of a game or interactive you think other kids would like and will not be blocked at school, click on the Leave a Comment button and let me know!

Have fun 🙂