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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. 

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!

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2022 PRC STEM Competition Open Now!

Posted by SASTA on 25 May 2022

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. This competition challenges you...  more...

Exploring Biodiversity at Softfoot Sanctuary

Posted by SASTA on 18 May 2022

About Softfoot Sanctuary and Farm Softfoot Sanctuary is located on Softfoot Farm’s 600-acre property in Hindmarsh Valley, just 10 minutes from Victor Harbor. The property was established in the year 2000 by the...  more...

Enthusing Young People about the Natural World

Posted by SASTA on 4 May 2022

by Rona Sakko, President & Founder, Junior Field Naturalists SA & Chair, National Science Week Committee, SA The high demand for environment-focused activities for primary and middle school aged students outside of school...  more...

Future Resourcers

Posted by SASTA on 2 May 2022

Inspire the next generation of sustainability leaders. Take part in Veolia’s Future Resourcers program for a unique environmental education experience for students Reception-12. This free 6-week program will commence in Term 3, 2022....  more...

Website of the Month

Posted by SASTA on 1 May 2022

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! May 2022 CSIRO - Biodiversity CSIRO...  more...

Science Excursions

Posted by SASTA on 1 May 2022

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! May...  more...

The little things that run the world

Posted by SASTA on 27 Apr 2022

The little things that run the world Insects are the little things that run the world. They pollinate the plants we depend on for survival, they are food for many other animals, and...  more...

The City Nature Challenge 2022

Posted by SASTA on 20 Apr 2022

Having started in 2016 as a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document...  more...

Great Southern Bioblitz 2022

Posted by SASTA on 13 Apr 2022

Great Southern Bioblitz 2022 - Increasing biodiversity awareness through Citizen Science The 'Great Southern BioBlitz', or 'GSB' for short, was established in 2020 by the not-for-profit team at Ferox australis, as an international...  more...

Citizen Science - an introduction

Posted by SASTA on 6 Apr 2022

Dr Philip Roetman Australian Citizen Science Association - South Australian Chapter The Australian Citizen Science Association (www.citizenscience.org.au) exists to advance the cause of citizen science in Australia. Philip Roetman from ACSA introduces us...  more...

Environmental Science at St Catherine’s School

Posted by SASTA on 30 Mar 2022

by Krystina Dawe, Assistant Principal, Religious Identity and Mission How is Environmental Science present at St Catherine’s School? Within our school we have a variety of initiatives which have been set up as...  more...

Environmental Science @ KICE

Posted by SASTA on 22 Mar 2022

Contributors: Rachel Pillar, Paull Marlow, Hannah Tatlock Here at Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) we have several new and exciting Environmental Science programs that we’d love to share with you! We have created...  more...

Behind the scenes tour of the Australian Space Discovery Centre

Posted by SASTA on 21 Mar 2022

The South Australian branch of Australian Science Communicators invites you to take a peek behind the scenes at one of the newest science engagement centres in Adelaide, the Australian Space Discovery Centre. Join...  more...

Insect Investigators

Posted by SASTA on 2 Mar 2022

Collecting has begun! Fifty schools across regional and remote Australia have set up their Malaise traps and begun collecting insect specimens! Read about what the SA schools are up to on the Insect...  more...

MOD Schools Design Challenge - What is invisible that shouldn't be?

Posted by SASTA on 23 Feb 2022

MOD. is committed to fostering the participation of young people in each of our exhibitions. As part of our exhibition INVISIBILITY (February – November 2022), we are inviting secondary school students to contribute...  more...

Science at the Fringe

Posted by SASTA on 23 Feb 2022

Looking for some science shows? The Science at the Fringe guide is not just for science-buffs. It’s for anyone and everyone who likes to discover and learn amazing things about the world. We’ve...  more...

Mary Anning Art Prize

Posted by SASTA on 20 Feb 2022

SASTA are proud to be involved with this year's Mary Anning Art Prize! The aim of the Mary Anning Art Prize is to have young South Australian artists create an original piece of...  more...

Brain Bee Challenge

Posted by SASTA on 11 Feb 2022

What is the Brain Bee Challenge? The Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC & NZBBC) is a competition for high school students in Years 10 (Australia) and 11 (New Zealand) to...  more...

Prescott Southern Physics students fly into the stratosphere

Posted by SASTA on 27 Jan 2022

Toward the end of 2021, Year 11 students at Prescott College-Southern successfully flew a balloon to an altitude of 31 km over Adelaide and surrounds. Launched from Paris Creek in the Adelaide Hills,...  more...

Science in the Pub

Posted by SASTA on 17 Dec 2021

Have you heard of Science in the Pub? Held on the first Friday of each month, three scientists of a chosen theme gather to break down their research in a casual and informative...  more...

Thin Ice VR Experience

Escape the heat this summer and travel to Antarctica with Thin Ice VR at the South Australian Museum. In 1914, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton led one of History’s greatest stories of leadership...  more...

VSSEC CanSat Program

Posted by SASTA on 22 Oct 2021

The CanSat project will give students practical experience in electronics, computer programming, remote sensing and data analysis. This project introduces students to the Engineering Design Process, uses Project Based Leaning and allows students...  more...

Science Alive!

Posted by SASTA on 12 Oct 2021

STEM Day Out at Science Alive! Free Tickets now available here – only 1 ticket per school group required Science Alive!'s STEM Day Out gives students a chance to engage with STEM fields...  more...

Celebrating National Science Week at Hope Christian College

Posted by SASTA on 10 Sep 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...  more...

Roma Mitchell Secondary College's National Science Week

Posted by SASTA on 10 Sep 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...  more...

Science Week at Airdale Primary School

Posted by SASTA on 10 Sep 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...  more...

Tasty Treats in Science Week - Gleeson College

Posted by SASTA on 10 Sep 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...  more...

2021 National Science Week

Posted by SASTA on 3 Aug 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...  more...

Bush Blitz TeachLive - coming to SA!!

Posted by SASTA on 27 Jul 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...  more...

Meet a Tall Poppy

Posted by SASTA on 1 Jun 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...  more...

SASTA: How it all began...

Posted by SASTA on 4 May 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...  more...

The Evolution of the Annual Conference

Posted by SASTA on 23 Mar 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...  more...

Science at the Fringe

Posted by SASTA on 22 Jan 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...  more...

St Augustine’s Parish School STEM Expo

Posted by SASTA on 11 Dec 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...  more...

SASTA Honour Award Winner

Posted by SASTA on 16 Nov 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...  more...

Innovative Association of the Year Award Winner

Posted by SASTA on 30 Oct 2020

We are excited to announce that SASTA has won the Innovative Association Award in the 2020 Educators SA World Teachers' Day Awards! This award recognises and encourages education associations that develop innovative and...  more...

Bringing Nature to the Classroom

Posted by SASTA on 28 Oct 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...  more...

The Great South Australian Fossil Debate

Posted by SASTA on 16 Oct 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...  more...

2020 Science Week @ Woodville High School

Posted by SASTA on 4 Sep 2020

The theme for this year’s national science week was ‘Deep Blue’, This was a chance to celebrate the enormous contribution that the oceans and rivers make to our everyday lives. It was also...  more...

Robotic Engineering at Pulteney Grammar School

Posted by SASTA on 4 Sep 2020

Year 10 students at Pulteney Grammar School were given the opportunity to undertake some Robotic Engineering classes. The platform for experimentation was the Lego Minstorm EV3 kits as these are easy to use,...  more...

Northfield Science Expo 2020

Posted by SASTA on 1 Sep 2020

Entering our 4th year of Science Expo we had to be creative with COVID 19 restrictions. Rather than an entire day over in the gym we have spent 2 weeks sharing science inquiry...  more...

Cabra Dominican College's National Science Week

Posted by SASTA on 1 Sep 2020

The theme for Science week in 2020 was Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans. At Cabra Dominican College, we began the week with a staff morning tea with ocean themed...  more...

Always Question, Always Wonder: Science Week 2020

Posted by SASTA on 1 Sep 2020

Gleeson College embraced the theme, 'Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans' by hosting several exciting events. Our aim was to foster a passion for this meaningful topic by engaging students...  more...

Mount Gambier High School - National Science Week

This year the Mount Gambier High School Science Faculty dove deep into the 2020 National Science Week theme, ‘Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans’. This provided students with an opportunity...  more...

Science Week at St Martin’s

At St Martin’s students were involved in a whole variety of lessons and experiments for Science Week. Each year level had a different theme. Here are some examples of what the students explored...  more...

National Science Week at SASTA

Posted by SASTA on 18 Aug 2020

Check out a few of the activities we're trying for National Science Week in the SASTA office!  Have you seen the ASTA National Science Week Resource Booklet? There are a range of Standalone...  more...

2020 National Science Week

Posted by SASTA on 10 Aug 2020

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...  more...

Book Donation | One in Four Children Inc.

Posted by SASTA on 17 Jul 2020

SASTA recently donated 1150 Biology books to One in Four Children Inc. to be sent to schools in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. Find out more about how this organisation came to be and...  more...

Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Science Award Winners

Posted by SASTA on 29 Jun 2020

We're excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Science Award! Primary - Jade Tinney, Salisbury Park Primary School Middle years -...  more...

STEM Expo at St Augustine's Parish School

Posted by Tegan McClean on 17 Oct 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...  more...