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Find out what's been happening at SASTA and in schools around SA!

The SASTA blog aims to provide articles of interest for Science teachers, pre-service teachers and other professionals working in the science community. 

If you would like to contribute an article to showcase what is happening in your school or science community please contact Tegan at marketing@sasta.asn.au. We'd love to hear from you!

STEM Expo at St Augustine's Parish School

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 17/10/2018

Classes from across the school worked on a huge variety of STEM activities throughout term 3 then presented their learning at our STEM Expo in week 7. 

Each year level prepared a display of their learning journey to share with the community. Our Receptions focussed on the pollution of our water and care of sea creatures, the Year 1’s looked at the property of materials and bridge building, the Year 2’s focused on helping some fairyland characters rebuild fairyland, the Year 3’s learned all about space, the Year 4’s shared their passion for recycling and pollution, the 5/6 classes became inventors and designed and created their own Game Changer creations and the Year 7’s shared the online games that they created at Camp Code. 

When visiting the EXPO each class had an opportunity to explore and investigate various inquiry stations each with a STEM challenge for the students to complete. These stations were linked to the work of five scientists who are considered Game Changers and Change Makers  - Sir Douglas Mawson, Isaac Newton, Helen Chan, John Roebling and William Bragg. 

There was lots of collaboration, persistence and peer teaching amongst the students who were excited to share their own class investigations as well as participating in the inquiry stations. We hosted an after school session for our families to attend and there was the same level of engagement and enthusiasm from the parents!

- Catherine Morrisson, Jayme-Lee Sonneman, Jayne Brown, St Augustine's Parish School 

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St Augustine 3   St Augustine 4  

Building a Professional Learning Community in STEM

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 04/10/2018

We all know that our colleagues are our greatest resource, and at The Grove Education Centre this resource is being used with exciting results! The Grove Education Centre, a special school in Woodville, South Australia provides a supportive learning environment for students with a verified intellectual disability and associated complex...

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Tour of Learning at Stirling East Primary School

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 27/09/2018

Stirling East Primary School's second annual Science Themed Tour of Learning in the Hamilton unit was held on Thursday 6th September.   The year 3 and 4 Students showcased their first semester’s work, which was designing and carrying out a scientific investigation based on students’ choice of topic.   There were 144...

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Engineering Design Challenge at Rosary Catholic School

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 07/09/2018

Rosary Catholic School has been working with Kate Dilger from the SA Science Teachers Association (SASTA) through 2017 and 2018 to improve teaching and learning outcomes in STEM. A whole school approach has seen teachers across all year levels engage with the engineering design process and plan student challenges that...

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Highgate School's Science Expo

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 22/08/2018

From 3.30 - 5.30pm on Thursday, 16th August, Highgate School’s Science Expo came alive! This was an R-7 exhibition of ‘science games in a shoe box’. The gym was filled with families, school staff and interested community members.  In every direction you could see child and adult discussions, students testing...

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Findon STEMathon

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 22/08/2018

Findon High School hosted Seaton Park Primary School in student led activities for National Science Week. A range of activities occured during the week including: Wednesday - Year 3/4 students created dioramas depicting symbiosis on the reef and threats to the Reef assisted by Year 9 students. Thursday and Friday...

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