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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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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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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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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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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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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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Science, Innovation and Empowerment: Saints Girls Illuminate National Science Week 2023

Posted by SASTA

on 11/09/2023

Inspired by Science Week, Saint Peter's Girls School was energised with scientific enthusiasm to explore, discover, and create, harnessing this year's theme, 'Innovation: Powering Future Industries.' From our youngest learners in mid-year reception to our seasoned senior school scientists, each student delved into hands-on activities, bringing to life the essence...

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National survey for teachers about Academy Education Programs

Posted by SASTA

on 20/03/2023

 Advisory firm ACIL Allen together with the Western Sydney University have been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education to evaluate the impact of three Australian Academy of Science education programs: Primary Connections, Science by Doing and reSolve: Maths by Inquiry. These education programs will have continued funding to...

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Space Science at Hamilton Secondary College

Posted by SASTA

on 08/03/2023

Hamilton Secondary College has a Vision to be South Australia’s leader in Space Education and equip future generations with the passion, knowledge and skills to be innovative, entrepreneurial and globally competitive in the space sector workforce. With Australia’s aim to continue growing its space sector workforce to reach 30,000 direct...

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Science in Context: Wine Australia

Posted by SASTA

on 14/02/2023

For some time, SASTA has been wanting to create and deliver teacher professional development designed to give context and build relevance that science teachers already implement in the classroom. Together with Wine Australia, we have developed an exciting program to encapsulate science learning capabilities such as soil science, plant life...

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2023 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Posted by SASTA

on 18/01/2023

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise accomplishments in scientific research, research-based innovation and science teaching.  By nominating someone for a prize, you are making a meaningful acknowledgement of the outstanding work and the value that your nominee...

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Regional school students buzzing over citizen science project results

Posted by SASTA

on 09/12/2022

Budding junior entomologists from 50 regional schools in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have successfully recorded thousands of new insects as part of the South Australian Museum’s citizen science project, Insect Investigators. The project which launched in September 2021 connected regional and remote school students with researchers to learn...

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24th Australian Institute of Physics Congress

Posted by SASTA

on 15/11/2022

On behalf of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), it gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 24th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 11-16 December, 2022. There is a specially designed Education Day: Encompassing University and high...

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