Celebrating Primary Years Science Teachers

Posted by SASTA

on 15/07/2024

There are many teachers of science in Primary Schools, classroom teachers and science specialists. We asked a few primary teachers why they became teachers, what their day typically looks like and any advice they would give. Andrew Harris, Pilgrim School What inspired you to become a primary science teacher? Prior...

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2024 SASTA Award Winners

08/07/2024

We heard from some our SASTA award winners about what inspires them as teachers.   Miriam Doull, Mitcham Primary School - 2024 Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Science (Primary)   What does it mean to you to win this award? I am very honoured, and I...

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Stargazing at Your School with the Astronomical Society of SA

Posted by SASTA

on 03/07/2024

Interested in holding an evening of stargazing at your school?  The Astronomical Scoeity South Australia (ASSA) is an amateur society, which exists to bring people together who are interested in learning more about the night sky. The outreach program has the objective of presenting astronomy to the wider communiy through...

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2024 National Science Week Activities

Posted by SASTA

on 02/07/2024

What do you have planned for National Science Week this year? Check out some of the great activities we've come across. Let us know what you have planned to feature on our National Science Week round-up blog! Plus don't forget to check out the National Science Week website for all...

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Reflections from Retired Science Educators

Posted by SASTA

on 28/06/2024

Peter Walwyn Imagine walking into a classroom where the only AV equipment available was a blackboard and some white chalk, and the only method of producing printed notes for a class of 35 secondary school students was using a spirit duplicator. This was the scenario when I began my career...

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PeCan+ Competition

Posted by SASTA

on 28/06/2024

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August University of Adelaide Nort Terrace Campus PECAN+ CTF 2024 is a Capture The Flag cyber security competition for beginner, intermediate and advanced high school students in Years 10 to 12.  The training day will take place on Saturday the 3rd of August and will...

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Science Active School - St Peter's Girls' School

Posted by SASTA

on 26/06/2024

St Peter's Girl's School became a Science Active School in 2024 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    SASTA Members Participating in the Oliphant Science Awards Staff volunteering to judge in the Oliphant Science Awards Staff member attendance at the SASTA...

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Australian students win Grand Awards at International Science and Engineering Fair

Posted by SASTA

on 24/06/2024

In May, this year, eleven Australian Year 9-12 students, with three teacher chaperones, travelled to Los Angeles to represent Australia at the Olympics of Science Fairs – the 2024 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The eleven students from NSW, WA, NT and QLD, came back sharing their life-changing...

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2024 National Excellence in Teaching Awards

Posted by SASTA

on 21/06/2024

Nominations close Sunday 21 July. Recognising the Unseen Heroes Every day, dedicated educators tirelessly commit to their students, innovating and improving the ways in which we teach and learn. They often work quietly, with unwavering dedication, always focusing on enhancing educational experiences. We extend our deepest gratitude for your efforts...

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Board Treasurer - Peter Turnbull

Posted by SASTA

on 17/06/2024

Peter Turnbull School / Organisation: None- I am well retired!  In my career I taught Science at Modbury HS, The Heights School, Valley View SS, Open Access College, and Urrbrae AHS.  I was a Science Project and Curriculum officer with the education department for over 20 years, a role that...

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Water Literacy

Posted by SASTA

on 10/06/2024

We all know water is important and that’s reflected in the Australian Curriculum, with students learning about the water cycle, how waterways work and can be impacted by human intervention, and water scarcity and security. Something we talk about in the water industry though is water literacy. So, what is...

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Board President - Dina Matheson

Posted by SASTA

on 03/06/2024

Dina Matheson School / Organisation: Woodville High School  Current role: Science & Digital Technologies teacher, International Students Program Manager What inspired you to become a science teacher? While teaching was not my first career choice, once I got into it, I knew I needed to be a Science teacher. I've...

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Space Agriculture: From Crater to Plate

Posted by SASTA

on 27/05/2024

With the Aurora Australis visible in the last couple of weeks you have probably spent some time staring up at the stars. Maybe wondering about the next Moon mission, or what life on Mars could look like? Space is an ever-fascinating topic, and a subject that truly brings science as...

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Science Active School - Annesley Junior School

Posted by SASTA

on 20/05/2024

Annesley Junior School became a Science Active School in 2024 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    Science at Annesley Junior School Annesley Junior School has been thrilled to be recognised as a Science Active School in 2024. At Annesley science...

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ConnectEd: An event for Early Career and Preservice Teachers

Posted by SASTA

on 16/05/2024

Friday 19 July 2024, 9-3pm Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh Cost: FREE for members*, ECTs $25.00, PSTs $15.00* Want to connect with colleagues? Want to get some great ideas to support you in your teaching? Want to hear what works from other early career and preservice teachers? Come along to the...

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A Day in the Life of the Adelaide Planetarium

Posted by SASTA

on 15/05/2024

Over 400 years ago Johannes Kepler gazed into the night sky and revolutionised our understanding by revealing that planets orbit in ellipses rather than perfect circles, with those nearer to the sun moving at a faster pace than their distant counterparts. Today, within the Planetarium’s immersive dome, participants embark on...

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Inspiring SA & National Science Week Grants

Posted by SASTA

on 07/05/2024

SA National Science Week Grants  Grants are now open for National Science Week grants for projects and activities delivered in South Australia. up to $2500 for events and activities in metropolitan Adelaide up to $3000 for events and activities in regional and remote areas National Science Week, 10-18 August, is...

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Science Active School - Kangaroo Island Community Education

Posted by SASTA

on 06/05/2024

Kangaroo Island Community Education became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    SASTA Corporate member Participate in the Oliphant Science Awards Staff have participated in judging for OSA Staff member has been a member of...

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Mars Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation School Challenge coordinated by Hamilton Secondary College

Posted by SASTA

on 01/05/2024

Ten prizes valued at $4000 each, South Australian schools (years 7,8,9 or 10) will be invited to conduct projects linked to space technology and the Buzz Aldrin Foundation ‘Giant Mars Map’, stimulating student interest in space. These projects are supported by presentations and advice from space industry experts. Prizes will...

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Science Active School - Trinity Gardens School

Posted by SASTA

on 22/04/2024

Trinity Gardens School became a Science Active School in 2024 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    SASTA Corporate membership Participate in the Oliphant Science Awards Had a submission printed in the SASTA blog   Hear from Jean-Luc, Science Teacher, about what...

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Exploring our sense of place through Earth and Environmental Science

Posted by SASTA

on 15/04/2024

It is often the voice of students who boast “When will we ever use this information in the real world?”. As educators, our job is to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills they will need in the real world. What they actually need in the real world, however,...

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RACI International Chemistry Quiz

Posted by SASTA

on 11/04/2024

20 - 22 August 2024 Don't miss your opportunity to join over 100,000 students from over 20 countries in this unique chemistry educational quiz. Secondary school students (ages 12-18) can test their Chemistry knowledge and have fun at the same time, with the quiz providing teachers a helpful tool to...

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First Nation Biological Science at Hewett Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 08/04/2024

Our former Aboriginal Community Support Officer’s (ACSO) native garden continues to grow thanks to the help of Hewett Primary School students and their science teacher Ms. Jenny. Behind our science classroom, used to be a patch of dirt where weeds loved to thrive.  Our staff decided to turn the space...

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2024 STEM Reading and Design Challenge

Posted by SASTA

on 04/04/2024

The Premier’s Reading Challenge and partners are teaming up again to challenge students to read about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the lead up to National Science Week. The reading and design competition started in 2016 and last year 3,300 entries were received! You can see the fantastic...

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Science Active School - Clarendon Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 01/04/2024

Clarendon Primary School became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    As a Science Active School, Clarendon Primary School have contributed to SASTA through: A member of staff with a SASTA membership Participating in the...

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