More For Schools

31 January, 2019

Last month we posted our perennial Darwin Day Suite of classroom activities.

It’s worth noting that the amount of other classroom support material available here on this website is considerable and has been developed and tested by practicing teachers. Read the rest of this entry »


Puzzles for February 2019

31 January, 2019

February’s Skeptical Crossword is themed to General Skeptical Issues, and comes in the unusual format of having the standard clue and the cryptic clue for each word displayed side by side.

New sets of Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag Questions (Trivia / General Knowledge) and Logic & Maths Puzzles are also on the  PUZZLES PAGE.

Scroll down the Puzzles Page for monthly puzzles going back to January 2018

Our earlier puzzles, going back to 2010 can be found at:

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/puzzles-archives/

Enjoy!


For Schools: Darwin Day February 12

22 January, 2019

THE DARWIN DAY SUITE of CLASSROOM EXERCISES

Celebrate February 12 (Charles Darwin’s Birthday) in your classroom!

charles_darwin_statue_natural_history_museum_londonCharles Darwin Crossword Years 9 to 12

Darwin Web Sites

Darwin Day poster

Darwin Day poster 2

Darwin bio Read and answer

Charles Darwin Wordsearch Years 5 to 8

Charles Darwin Cryptogram Years 7 to 10

Dr.APIS.12.February@Darwin

charles_darwin_by_grichmond [Colouring in}



Puzzles for January 2019

31 December, 2018

We kick off 2019 with a new set of Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag Questions (Trivia / General Knowledge) and Logic & Maths Puzzles, as well as a Skeptical Crossword. Ten BONUS puzzles have been added for January. You’ll find these all on the  PUZZLES PAGE.

January’s Skeptical Crossword returns to the theme of Frauds, Scams and Hoaxes.

Scroll down the Puzzles Page for monthly puzzles going back to January 2018

Our earlier puzzles, going back to 2010 can be found at:

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/puzzles-archives/

Enjoy!


Puzzles for December 2018

30 November, 2018

Each month there’s a new set of Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag Questions (Trivia / General Knowledge) and Logic & Maths Puzzles, as well as a Skeptical Crossword. Look at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE.

December’s Skeptical Crossword has all the traditional ingredients of Weasel Words and Advertising Come-Ons. We guarantee that it may help you to stay up to 100% merry this holiday season! That’s right! This December we’re giving you Four Puzzles for the Price of One! (No steak knives, but.)

Scroll down the Puzzles Page for monthly puzzles going back to January 2018

Our earlier puzzles, going back to 2010 can be found at:

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/puzzles-archives/

Enjoy!


The Science Talent Search 2018

22 November, 2018

2018 STS bursary winners whose bursaries were funded by the Australian Skeptics

The first Science Talent Search was conducted and sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of Victoria in 1952. A total of seventeen cash bursaries were awarded.

In 2018 the number of bursaries awarded was six hundred and fifty-one, sharing a pool of $36,425.

Still under the aegis of the STAV, the Science Talent Search now receives financial support from a wide variety of sponsors including universities, research institutes, commercial firms, not-for-profit groups like the Australian Skeptics, and an increasing number of private donors. Read the rest of this entry »


Complementary Medicines, Advertising Reform and the TGA

21 November, 2018

by Dr Ken Harvey, with an introduction by Ken Greatorex

To set the scene for those not familiar with the glacial machinations of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration: Until recently in Australia we had a complaint process whereby if you wanted to complain about the advertising of a particular listed medicine, you submitted. to the Complaints Resolution Panel. It was woefully under resourced, but it did its job, carried out inquiries then reported established breaches in conduct to the TGA. The TGA acted – sometimes.

Then things changed. Against the urging of such groups as The Australian Skeptics, Friends of Science in Medicine, Choice and other consumer advocates, the TGA became the body which dealt directly with such complaints. 

As one who attended and absorbed the excellent review from Professor Harvey and three of his students, the result of this change has been:

  • totally predictable
  • disappointing

 

(left to right: Mal Vickers, Kithmini Cooray, Mary Malek, Ken Harvey)

Speakers:

Discussion:

The audience did not agree that the ongoing advertising of ‘Bright Brains’, illustrated by Kithmini, had achieved compliance with the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2015. In short, they disagreed with the TGA outcome statement about this complaint. Read the rest of this entry »