Presenters in the Students’ Programme and Details of Workshops

Presenters in the Students’ Programme

Ellen Hampson

Jay Sloss

Dr Lynn Clark

Dr Igor’ Kontorovich

Lisa Johnson

Nano Girl

James Norcliffe

Speaker Bios and Workshop Details:

Ellen Hampson

Ellen is a Science/Geography trained teacher who has studied at both Canterbury and Victoria Universities. Ellen’s academic studies have taken her to ‘far off’ places such as Antarctica. Her MSc thesis was based on sustainable development within the context of the Antarctic environment. Ellen commenced a PhD investigating Antarctic ice utilization in 2006. Currently on hold, it is Ellen’s aim to recommence doctoral studies in 2018 with an amended focus to climate change communication and education.

Resilience of Antarctica
Antarctica is Earth’s coldest, highest, windiest and driest continent, and its largest cold desert. This one hour workshop will focus on learning about the resilience of Antarctica – the natural environment itself, the wildlife that make this icy continent their home and the scientists who visit to carry out research. As a workshop participant you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the properties of icebergs, the strength of katabatic winds, resilience of Emperor Penguins and dress up in multi-layered expedition clothing worn by Antarctic scientists to enhance their resilience in sub-zero temperatures.

Jay Sloss

Jay Sloss gained a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Canterbury, and now teaches Junior and Senior Philosophy and Psychology at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.

Just Add Water – Instant Philosophy.
Philosophy is fun and serious. This session will demonstrate simple ways of encouraging deep thinking. A range of textual and audio-visual resources will be freely available to try for yourself.

Dr Igor’ Kontorovich

Dr Igor’ Kontorovich is a new lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, the University of Auckland. He is an emerging researcher in mathematics education with a background from Russia, Israel, and Canada. In his studies, Igor’ often involves gifted and talented students because they provide valuable insights into advanced mathematical thinking. In Israel Igor’ was teaching mathematics to promising secondary students and adolescents. Igor’ has already started to build a team for promoting high-quality mathematics education to this population of students in NZ.

Lisa Johnson

Lisa is currently a Year 8 teacher at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School where she has been successfully incorporating mindfulness practices within the classroom to enhance students wellbeing and learning – these come from her experiences at Phuket International Academy in Thailand where she was the Head of Physical and Health Education. The workshop will be grounded in secular mindfulness practices and will include council and meditation.

Dr Lynn Clark

Lynn Clark is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Canterbury.

This session will introduce students to Linguistics and give them the opportunity to try their hands at some of the problems from the New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad, an annual competition for secondary students in New Zealand.  This will be of interest to anybody who enjoys problem solving and would like to know more about some of the interesting languages from around the world.

James Norcliffe

James Norcliffe is an award winning New Zealand author of books for children and young adults.

The format of James’ workshops will depend on the numbers attending.  Details to be advised closer to the conference.