BLEND SCIENCE & STEM
Blend offers schools and teachers assistance in developing school programmes with a clear focus on fostering students' scientific literacy. Our STEM and science facilitator, Nick Bithell, has a large reservoir of experience to draw from having worked as a specialist science teacher for over 20 years and more recently as a facilitator of science and STEM.
Nick can provide workshops and strategic planning as well as being able to work with individuals and teams. He enjoys supporting individual teachers and teams to plan for the classroom and is able to support in class to enable good practice to become embedded. Exactly how this looks in practice is tailored to you and your school.
Nature of Science
& Scientific Literacy
The New Zealand Curriculum recognises the value of developing scientifically literate learners. Through the Nature of Science strand, students learn what science is and how scientists work. The Living, Material and Physical world strands, together with Planet Earth and Beyond provide meaningful contexts for developing students scientific understanding.
By developing teachers understanding of how to deliver Nature of Science and the science capabilities, students are able to easily access opportunities to develop all of the key competencies through a local curriculum specific to their community. STEM projects can also enable students to explicitly link skills from multiple areas of the curriculum in an authentic context.
Sustainability is a clear focus within the New Zealand Curriculum and environmental sustainability may be the most pressing concern for mankind. Science is at the forefront of developing rigorous understanding of our impact on our environment and also in developing solutions including new technology. Giving sustainability a valued place in your curriculum makes learning immediately relevant and future-focused, providing students with the opportunity to ponder and address real-life problems.