Tagged: school

Powering potential in young Māori - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall May 19, 2016

Teachers have been shown to underestimate Māori children’s academic capabilities, which their achievements end up reflecting. But Pūhoro, a forward-thinking science academy, has now been set up to support Māori youth in reaching their true potential. Naomi Manu and Mana Vautier give us the lowdown. One thing that people really don’t like to talk about is prejudice. But we all have … Read More

Any New Zealand schools want to help judge the Flame Challenge? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 13, 2013

(Crowd-sourcing how best to let NZ schools join in the judging of the Flame Challenge.) The Flame challenge is an international competition that challenges scientists to explain to 11 year-old students a question. The results are judged by children. (There is more on the Flame Challenge in my previous post.) This year’s question is ‘What … Read More

Teach creationism; undermine theology - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 24, 2013

My fellow science blogger Alison Campbell recently wrote a blog post entitled “teach creationism, undermine science”  in which she highlighted some of the concerns shared by many scientists.  As a Christian and as a scientist I believe the issue is far worse than the undermining of science.  Because so many teaching creationism are so well … Continue reading → … Read More

Should I cram all night before that exam? - Sleep on it

Karyn O'Keeffe Sep 25, 2012

I’m going to give a presentation to some law students in a couple of weeks. Along with providing information about normal sleep and what can affect it, I’d like to convey that short sleep is not a good strategy for optimising learning. Short sleep amongst students is not uncommon. As a teenager, our circadian body clock naturally drifts later. Those … Read More