Insect Investigators

Posted by SASTA

on 17/09/2021

SASTA are a proud partner in the Insect Investigators Citizen Science Project! Insect Investigators is now open for applications from regional and remote schools in Qld, WA and SA to join the project in 2022 and help scientists learn about their local insects. Schools who are chosen to be part...

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Celebrating National Science Week at Hope Christian College

Posted by SASTA

on 10/09/2021

  At Hope Christian College, students from primary school through to middle school engaged in a wide variety of experiments. Our aim was to imbue them with enthusiasm and to inspire enquiring minds. Primary school students explored the concept of mixture, and one of their challenges was to create flavoured butter!...

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Roma Mitchell Secondary College's National Science Week

Posted by SASTA

on 10/09/2021

The theme for Science Week in 2021 was “Food – Different by Design”. At Roma Mitchell Secondary College students participated in a range of activities – daily quizzes; a championship challenge; online viewing resources and Year 8 and 9 classes engaged in a “Seed Germination” hands on learning activity. In...

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Science Week at Airdale Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 10/09/2021

We took a break from our usual Science learning and focused on the Food Technologies standards for Science Week. The theme Food: Different by Design was perfect! All classes produced pages that will go into a big book about food—from paddock to plate, tools we use for harvesting, the needs...

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Tasty Treats in Science Week - Gleeson College

Posted by SASTA

on 10/09/2021

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Held in August each year, it features more than 1,000 events around Australia. Gleeson College celebrated by hosting a week of rolling events to inspire the inner scientist within everyone. This year’s theme, Food: Different by Design, aims to...

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Website of the Month

Posted by SASTA

on 01/09/2021

Each month we will be featuring a website with useful resources to use in your classroom. If you have any recommendations to add, send us an email! September 2021 RiAus Education - STEM Packs ​The STEM Careers Packs aim to make students aware of the wide variety of STEM careers....

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Science Excursions

Posted by SASTA

on 01/09/2021

Each month we will be featuring an excursion that you might find useful to get your students out of the classroom! If you have any recommendations to add, send us an email! September 2021 Mission to Mars at Hamilton Space School Mission to Mars is a full-day, scenario-based program, taking...

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CONASTA 69 - CANCELLED

Posted by SASTA

on 24/08/2021

We regret to inform you that CONASTA 69 must be cancelled until further notice.  Registrants: Please check your emails for updates. CONASTA is the annual science education conference of the Australian  Science Teachers Association (ASTA). In 2021 CONASTA will be hosted by  the Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital...

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2021 National Science Week

Posted by SASTA

on 03/08/2021

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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Science Alive Workshops

Posted by SASTA

on 29/07/2021

Finding STEM in the Science Curriculum Workshops This is a FREE Teacher Professional Learning Workshop for teachers attending the STEM Day Out at Science Alive (details below). Register here. Friday 19 November | 10.00am or 1.00pm The goal of the workshop is to provide teachers with a simple, practical process...

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Bush Blitz TeachLive - coming to SA!!

Posted by SASTA

on 27/07/2021

Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project involving specialist taxonomists, indigenous communities, rangers and landowners, teachers, students and BHP employees. Through a partnership between the Australian Government (through Parks Australia and the Australian Biological Resources Study), BHP and Earthwatch Australia; Bush Blitz is helping make an extraordinary contribution to...

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1993/1994 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner – Mark Hodson

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 29/06/2021

by Mark Hodson I was the first two-time winner of the Oliphant Science Awards, entering on both occasions in the computer category. The recognition and the opportunities that came with the award helped cement my love of systematic problem solving and computer programming, leading to an engineering career with international...

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SASTA Journal

Posted by SASTA

on 03/06/2021

SASTA Members please be aware that unfortunately the publication of the mid year SASTA Journal has been delayed.  We expect publication in late August.

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Meet a Tall Poppy

Posted by SASTA

on 01/06/2021

The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. The awards have been running since 1998 and there are now over 800 Tall Poppy alumni across Australia. ...

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SASTA: How it all began...

Posted by SASTA

on 04/05/2021

04 May 1951: Initial meeting declaring the establishment of a South Australian Science Teachers Association "A faded letter can be found within archival material in the State Library provided by SASTA’s first female President, Thelma Pike. The letter, addressed to one Roy Stanhope, begins, ‘Cast your bread upon the waters....

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Premier's Reading Challenge

Posted by SASTA

on 03/05/2021

SASTA and the Oliphant Science Awards are proud to be partnering with Inspiring SA and the Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) to support this year’s STEM Reading and Design Challenge. The challenge encourages students to read about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the lead up to Science Week. The...

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The Evolution of the Annual Conference

Posted by SASTA

on 23/03/2021

The Annual Conference over the years... SASTA held many professional learning events in its early years, however the first reference to 'the Annual SASTA Conference' was mentioned in the June 1971 Journal. The first Annual Conference was convened by Deane Hutton, Science TV presenter, and cost $1.00 for members and...

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Memories from the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 12/03/2021

Short stories from years gone by...   Dr Matthew Sorell Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide I built a speech synthesiser in 1985 (possibly 1986) which won in whichever category it was in. Back then, speech synthesis was quite primitive and I was using a...

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1981 Oliphant Science Awards winner - David Tilley

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 02/03/2021

by Dr David Tilley BSc (Hons) PhD Winning the inaugural Oliphant Science Awards in 1981 was a defining moment in my life. It led to many opportunities that I could only dream of. I undertook my entry into the Oliphant Science Awards while in Year 12 at the Mount Gambier...

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Science at the Fringe

Posted by SASTA

on 22/01/2021

Science at the Fringe For the Fourth year, the Adelaide Fringe is excited to collaborate with Inspiring South Australia on the return of the Science at the Fringe Guide! The Science at the Fringe Guide is for anyone and everyone who loves to ponder, wonder, wander, imagine, dance, smile and...

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St Augustine’s Parish School STEM Expo

Posted by SASTA

on 11/12/2020

During Term 3 the students at St Augustine explored the Science Week theme Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Oceans. Each class has investigated an aspect of the ocean and all of the amazing and wonderful creatures who call it home. We have also been investigating how we...

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Science Teaching Placements Required

Posted by SASTA

on 27/11/2020

Placements for secondary science pre-service teachers The University of South Australia is seeking support for secondary placements in term 1 of 2021. These placements are delayed 2020 placements due to COVID 19 and the preservice teachers must complete their placement in term 1 so as not delay their graduation in...

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SASTA Honour Award Winner

Posted by SASTA

on 16/11/2020

Congratulations to Yvonne Zeegers, the 2020 SASTA Honour Award Recipient! Honour Awards are designed to recognise a SASTA member’s contribution to SASTA. Yvonne’s long and distinguished contribution to SASTA relates to the functions of both the Board and the Awards subcommittee. Yvonne has both promoted and supported the teaching of...

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Bringing Nature to the Classroom

Posted by SASTA

on 28/10/2020

It is fair to say that 2020 has been an interesting year for educators and many new alternatives have been required for teachers to deliver their outcomes to students. In previous years many classes would go on excursions to see wildlife and learn about our environment but due to restrictions,...

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The Great South Australian Fossil Debate

Posted by SASTA

on 16/10/2020

For this year’s National Science Week, several palaeontologists from Flinders University and the University of Adelaide got together to discuss and debate which of several time periods in the South Australian fossil record was the most awesome! The event was hosted by singing palaeontologist Professor Flint of Dinosaur University, and...

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