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Encouraging student understanding of Indigenous Australians by incorporating highly engaging pedagogies

Posted by SASTA

on 17/04/2024

An important focus of the Australian Curriculum is the cross-curriculum priority of “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures”. Working closely with colleagues over the years, however, teachers have often shared how they struggle with implementing this in a way that is meaningful, a part of the unit of...

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Exploring our sense of place through Earth and Environmental Science

Posted by SASTA

on 15/04/2024

It is often the voice of students who boast “When will we ever use this information in the real world?”. As educators, our job is to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills they will need in the real world. What they actually need in the real world, however,...

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RACI International Chemistry Quiz

Posted by SASTA

on 11/04/2024

20 - 22 August 2024 Don't miss your opportunity to join over 100,000 students from over 20 countries in this unique chemistry educational quiz. Secondary school students (ages 12-18) can test their Chemistry knowledge and have fun at the same time, with the quiz providing teachers a helpful tool to...

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First Nation Biological Science at Hewett Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 08/04/2024

Our former Aboriginal Community Support Officer’s (ACSO) native garden continues to grow thanks to the help of Hewett Primary School students and their science teacher Ms. Jenny. Behind our science classroom, used to be a patch of dirt where weeds loved to thrive.  Our staff decided to turn the space...

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2024 STEM Reading and Design Challenge

Posted by SASTA

on 04/04/2024

The Premier’s Reading Challenge and partners are teaming up again to challenge students to read about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the lead up to National Science Week. The reading and design competition started in 2016 and last year 3,300 entries were received! You can see the fantastic...

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SASTA Science Active School - Clarendon Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 01/04/2024

Clarendon Primary School became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    As a Science Active School, Clarendon Primary School have contributed to SASTA through: A member of staff with a SASTA membership Participating in the...

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SASTA Science Active School - Australian Science and Mathematics School

Posted by SASTA

on 18/03/2024

  The Australian Science and Mathematics School became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    As a Science Active School, the Australian Science and Mathematics School have contributed to SASTA through: Currently hold a SASTA Corporate...

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From Exhaustion to Empowerment: Teacher Burnout and Resilience

Posted by SASTA

on 12/03/2024

The changing nature of the workforce post-COVID has seen unparalleled effects on pedagogical practices and the neurological state of teachers. As teachers have returned to work, new and challenging environments are being faced with their role as educators. (Pressley, 2021) As a High School Physics, Biology and STEM teacher I...

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SASTA Journal Editor position available

Posted by SASTA

on 06/03/2024

SASTA members are invited to submit an expression of interest for an exciting role as SASTA Journal Editor. The role will suit an individual with an enthusiasm for exploring, promoting and sharing the wealth of science education focused events and resources in SA among SASTA members. You might be a...

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Get to know Sarah Todd...2023 SASTA Award Winner

Posted by SASTA

on 05/03/2024

Sarah Todd was our Primary 2023 Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Science Award Winner. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better and share what inspires her as a teacher! What inspired you to become a science teacher?...

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SASTA Science Active School - Westminster School

Posted by SASTA

on 04/03/2024

Westminster School became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    As a Science Active School, Westminster School have contributed to SASTA through: Currently hold a SASTA Corporate membership Participate in the Oliphant Science Awards Staff...

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National Science Week Grants - Now Open!

Posted by SASTA

on 01/03/2024

Have a great idea for National Science Week at your school, but need help with funding it? Visit asta.edu.au to find out how schools can apply for up to $500 to support your National Science Week activity/event.  Applications for the 2024 school grant round are open now! The Australian Science...

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South Australian Women in Science: Part 2

Posted by SASTA

on 26/02/2024

We continue to celebrate Women in Science with some insights into those involved in the South Australian Tall Poppy program and the South Australian Science Excellence & Innovation Awards.  Ms Jill Bauer Winner of the 2023 STEMM Educator of the Year - SA Science Excellence & Innovation Awards When did...

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Get to know Ross Riach...2023 SASTA Award Winner

Posted by SASTA

on 22/02/2024

Ross Riach was our Secondary 2023 Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Science Award Winner. We asked him a few questions to get to know him a little better and share what inspires him as a teacher! What inspired you to become a science teacher?...

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SASTA Science Active School - Stirling East Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 19/02/2024

Stirling East Primary School became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.  As a Science Active School, Stirling East Primary School (SEPS) has contributed to SASTA through: Having a SASTA personal member on staff Participating...

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South Australian Women in Science: Monica Oliphant

Posted by SASTA

on 18/02/2024

  When did you realise your passion for science? My passion for science started in high school when I was very interested in astronomy. This later led me to join the Adelaide “Moonwatch Group” in early 1958, which was set up to track the first artificial satellites, Sputnik (Russian) and Explorer...

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South Australian Women in Science

Posted by SASTA

on 11/02/2024

This month we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Sunday 11 February. We got in contact with some of the recent South Australian Tall Poppy winners to find out how they got started in science, what they're currently working on and their advice to future students. ...

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SASTA Science Active School - Coromandel Valley Primary School

Posted by SASTA

on 05/02/2024

Coromandel Valley Primary School became a Science Active School in 2023 for their commitment and dedication to Science Education, and their involvement with and support of SASTA.    As a Science Active School, Coromandel Valley Primary School have contributed to SASTA through: Currently hold a SASTA Corporate membership Participating in the...

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Positions Vacant

Posted by SASTA

on 14/12/2023

Please see below the details of vacant science teaching positions we've been provided with: You can also visit the following websites for a list of all teaching positions available. Department for Education Catholic Education South Australia Association of Independent Schools of South Australia If your school is currently advertising a...

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RACI Crystal Growing Competition Winners

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 05/12/2023

This year, all winning and highly commended entries in Crystal Investigation from the Oliphant Science Awards were entered into the National RACI Crystal Growing Competition.  We are excited to announce a number of winners from the competition this year! K-2 1st - Remy Durham, Annesley Junior School 2nd - Clara...

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Agricultural Science at Westminster School

Posted by SASTA

on 14/11/2023

Westminster School have defined a new vision for Sturt Grove Farm that teaches students the importance of sustainable agriculture.  As we upgrade our Farm and Agricultural learning facilities, we are emphasising the indispensability of scientific expertise in all agricultural enterprises. The essence of agriculture is deeply intertwined with science—it’s the...

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CSIRO's "Adult Future Shapers"

Posted by SASTA

on 10/11/2023

CSIRO calls for educators to be recognised It’s been a busy year helping young people. CSIRO, the National Science Agency, is calling for educators of Year 5-10 students to be recognised as ‘Adult Future Shapers’. Help design your own prize to supercharge your skillset or support young people to go...

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SA Health Colouring In and Poster Competitions

Posted by SASTA

on 19/10/2023

SA Health is running colouring in and poster competitions for primary school aged children to recognise Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week (18-24 November) this year.  The competitions are aimed at educating about the safe use of antimicrobials (antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic medications). South Australian schools of the winning children will...

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The 2023 Mary Anning Art Prize

Posted by SASTA

on 17/10/2023

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic in Australia, and while searching for things to help rebuild my own creative Universe, I had an idea. What if there was a natural history art prize that required entrants to create a work of art that explored their local prehistoric story....

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Bringing Back the Bandicoots to Frank Smith

Posted by SASTA

on 25/09/2023

Coromandel Valley Primary School students and their science teacher Sarah Todd recently entered the Oliphant Science Awards Citizen Science category and won the primary years category! You can view their Citizen Science entry here. And you can track their journey through the process so far through some media articles below.  ...

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