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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!

One Week of Wow at Risdon Park Primary School!

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 22/08/2018

One Week of Wow! was designed to allow students to enjoy activities during lunch times that they may not get to experience in their Science classes during the year.

On Monday, we brought out our BrainBox circuit kits and students built simple circuits to light up bulbs, or worked with a Year 7 helper to build something more complicated (like a radio or buzzer). Almost 70 students came to do this activity. 

On Tuesday, we did Fireworks in Milk! It was very messy but really, really fun. Again, close to 70 students came to try this out.

On Wednesday, the Science Teachers did 3 demonstrations outside in the Back Yard that are way too messy for the classroom. There were exploding bags, elephant toothpaste and Diet Coke geysers. One of the local childcare groups visited, and with many of our students watching on enthusiastically too, we had close to 150 people watching. The local newspaper live streamed the event on Facebook, and did a big write up in the paper.

On Thursday, 10 teams of R-3 students competed in a STEM challenge to build a bridge between two chairs that was strong enough to hold a tissue box. 

On Friday, 7 teams of 4-7 students competed in a STEM challenge to build a ping pong ball roller coaster that had to end with the ball sitting in a bowl. Both STEM challenges had a time limit of just 15 minutes! 

It was frantic but fun, and I think that is probably the way I’d describe Science Week at Risdon Park. I could not have done this week without the help of my two STEM Ambassadors and a big team of amazing Year 7s who helped me every day. Also a huge thank you to all the teachers who tried some small experiments and activities in their classrooms during the week. Science is a NIT subject across the Pirie Partnership, so it was out of most people’s comfort zones.

- Karina Darling, Primary Science Teacher, Risdon Park Primary School

Risdon Park 1

Fireworks in Milk

 

Risdon Park 2

Winners are Grinners! 4-7 STEM Challenge

Risdon Park 3

Testing a bridge

 

Risdon Park 4

The wonder of Science

Northfield Primary School Science Expo

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 22/08/2018

On Friday the 17th of August, Northfield Primary School held a Science Expo. This gave our year 6/7 classes the opportunity to showcase their science learning to the rest of our school community. For 6 weeks the year 6/7 classes worked on a scientific inquiry question that they created which...

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Science@Urrbrae

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 22/08/2018

Urrbrae Agricultural High School’s motto is “Science with Practice” so what better way to celebrate National Science Week than by inviting primary students to come learn about how we do science at the Urrbrae Wetland, on the Urrbrae Farm and in our Science Labs. Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of...

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Science Week at Sturt Street Community School

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 22/08/2018

Three main events occurred during Science week at Sturt Street Community School. These were chemistry workshops for grades 4 to 7 (and shows for R to 3) provided by Lab on Legs (an incursion), an Open Morning to showcase student Science activities to the school community and a Science dress...

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CONASTA67 - a delegate's perspective

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 08/08/2018

Have you attended CONASTA before? Or wondered what it would be like to attend? Peter Beveridge from Pennington School R-7 attended CONASTA67 for the first time this year as a Ruth Dircks Scholarship recipient! Pete put together a journal of his notes and experiences at CONASTA so you can get...

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St Catherine's take on STEM

Posted by Tegan McClean

on 25/07/2018

We live in a world where rapid advancements in technology have had a profound impact on how we work and communicate. As educators, students are at the center of everything we do and we have a responsibility in preparing our students for future success.   The staff and students at St....

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