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

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Have you pre-ordered your 2020 Study Guide yet?

Posted by SASTA

on 08/05/2020

SASTA Study Guides are the complete resource for students preparing for Stage 2 SACE exams. These guides include questions with worked solutions covering each topic of the Subject Outline and address all sections of the exam.

Find out the new inclusions for the 2020 Study Guides below. To pre-order your copy click here.

All new for 2020:

  • Suggested solutions to the 2019 exams.


  • All sections reviewed and any parts to questions beyond the scope of the course have been removed or modified.
  • New questions have been added to all sections.
  • Marks for communication on short answer questions have been removed to align with SACE marking standards.


  • All sections reviewed and any parts to questions beyond the scope of the course have been removed or modified.
  • Codes to indicate all SIS and SHE parts to questions.
  • Any parts of questions that are from Stage 1 have been identified (Stage 1 Science Understanding).
  • Marks for communication on extended response questions have been removed to align to new direction.
  • A whole new SHE section with 5 full questions and extensive potential responses.


  • All sections reviewed and any parts to questions beyond the scope of the course have been removed or modified.
  • Chapters have been adjusted to be more user friendly.
  • Preparation for Investigations and Exams has been reviewed and updated to reflect the advice from SACE Lead Practitioners.


  • Complete restructuring of the guide for easier use.
  • New questions in most sections.
  • Solutions to questions updated to align with course requirements and expectations.
  • Updated formatting of questions and solutions.
  • All sections reviewed to align with the 2020 Subject Outline.


  • All sections reviewed.
  • New questions added to the Revision section.

Current news regarding Year 12 SACE Exams

Posted by SASTA

on 02/04/2020

Stay up-to-date with how the SACE Board is supporting students, teachers and schools through the COVID-19 pandemic here: The 2020 Exam Timetable can be found here: Below is a list of articles related to information about this year's SACE exams: 1 April, The Guardian Australian universities change admissions...

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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...

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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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