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2019 SASTA Annual Conference & Expo

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15th Apr 2019

Name Time Duration
Keynote 1 - Classroom Science - Real World Research - where the two meet

9:30 AM

1 Hour

The workplace of the 21st Century will require our students to embrace lifelong learning and undertake retraining for multiple jobs and careers, some of which haven’t even been created yet. No longer is there a job for life, instead ‘learning to learn’ is the only guarantee for lifelong employment. Against the twin challenge of overly-prescribed curriculums and ‘teaching for the test’ pressure, there is now a real risk our students don’t have the time to self-learn and, critically, the permission to fail in their path to that knowledge. University-school project partnerships offer a place where students can safely experience the realities of a work environment, where the route to success is unclear, and required learning is uncovered along the way. I will present my experiences, the successes and learnings, of such projects, and explore ways for you and your school to undertake your own with a partner university.

Presenter: Associate Professor Alan Duffy

Organisation: Swinburne University & Royal Institution of Australia

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1.01 - Importance of School-University projects for learning in the 21st Century

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Associate Professor Alan Duffy will show you how to go about working with Universities to give your students exciting opportunities for contextual science in the wider world, including examples such as galaxy zoo, fireballs in the sky app, questagame and others. With a focus on dark matter, learn why these opportunities are so important, what they can bring to your students educational experience and how specifically to seek these and other opportunities out and how to get involved.

Presenter: Associate Professor Alan Duffy

Organisation: Swinburne University & Royal Institution of Australia

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1.02 - Questioning in science - findings from a teachers action inquiry

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Katrina in brief will share the Questioning Research findings published in a peer reviewed international journal ‘Pedagogies’ (Department for Education and UniSA, 2018). Rachel and Lucy will share why, what and how they designed, implemented and evaluated their action inquiry on questioning in science with their students.

Presenter: Katrina Elliott, Katrina Elliott, Rachel Pontifex & Lucy Cameron

Organisation: Department for Education & Stradbroke School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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1.03 - STEAM assessment in the kitchen garden and nature play space

11:10 AM

1 Hour

STEAM assessment should be simple and easy for reports! Participants will explore how to easily plan and assess STEAM activities and assignments in a kitchen garden or nature play space which align to the Australian Curriculum. At the end of this workshop, you will have a copy of the curriculum areas which align with a kitchen garden and have developed an assessment using LDAM that you can use in your classroom.

Presenter: Kathleen Best

Organisation: Clarendon Primary School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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1.04 - Immersive learning experiences with AR, VR and interactive simulations.

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Chances are that you are already using technology in your science classroom. At Stile, we firmly believe that student devices should be used to enhance student learning and support your teaching, and that technology should never be used for technology's sake. Participants of this hands-on workshop will explore the effective integration of augmented reality, virtual reality and interactive simulations to increase engagement in the science classroom.

Presenter: Izzie Telfer

Organisation: Stile Education

Target Audience: Year 7-10 Teachers

This session promotes a commercial product

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1.05 - Concept Cartoons - a tool for diagonistic and formative assessment

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Concept Cartoons are a cartoon drawings that are designed to provoke discussion and stimulate scientific thinking by offering different ways of looking at a situation. During this workshop, I will share how I use Think, Pair, Share with Concept Cartoons for diagnostic and formative assessment.

Presenter: Jenny Woodcock

Organisation: Department for Education

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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1.06 - Stage 1 Biology: Developing SHE

11:10 AM

1 Hour

This session will look at strategies and tasks to use with Stage 1 Biology students (or students of any of the other sciences) to develop not only their understanding of the 4 SHE key concepts, but also their ability to research, question and deepen their knowledge of how society and scientists work together. The aim of these strategies and tasks is to assist students with methods to better make connections between the outcomes of science, how scientists communicate and collaborate and who in society may be effected by the biology being applied in the scenario being investigated.

Presenter: Kathy Adams

Organisation: Horizon Christian School

Target Audience: Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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1.07 - Investigative experiments in Middle and Senior Science with sensor technologies and mobile devices

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Real time data analysis is possible using Bluetooth sensors connected directly to mobile devices. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to connect a sensor device directly to your: * iPad * Apple or Android mobile phone * Chromebook * Windows or Mac laptop (computer) You will explore the possibilities for performing experiments that were either previously not possible or were difficult to collect accurate data. You will have opportunities to explore hands-on experiments that may include: • human responses to exercise • Greenhouse Effect • frictional and gravitational forces • performance of solar panels and generators • rates of chemical reactions. To get maximum practical time please pre-load Vernier Graphical Analysis 4 software for your preferred device from here: https://www.vernier.com/products/software/graphical-analysis/

Presenter: John Cadogan

Organisation: Scientrific

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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1.08 - Mission to Mars Program

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Mission to Mars is a full-day, scenario-based program for Years 6 to 9. Students work in teams and use problem-solving skills to successfully complete a geological survey on the Mars surface. Dressed in specially-designed spacesuits, students depressurise in a simulated airlock before stepping out onto the Mars surface. They collect real soil and rock samples, drill an ice core, conduct a thermal survey and take seismic measurements.Participants will be informed about the contemporary and rigorous curriculum that excites students and instils a passion and love for STEM learning.

Presenter: Mike Roach & Tony Virgo

Organisation: Hamilton Secondary College

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1.09D - Science is Everyone's Beeswax

11:10 AM

2 Hours

What does 3D printing, Beeswax and Sustainability have in common? I will take you through the process I used with my year 3/4 classes at Stirling East Primary School to investigate the science of beeswax, and to design and make beeswax wraps incorporating 3D printing equipment. Each participant will make and take home a beeswax wrap. To access online resources during the workshop, participants would benefit from having a google account.

Presenter: Sarah Finney

Organisation: Stirling East Primary School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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1.10D - From 'See, Think, Wonder' to investigation

11:10 AM

2 Hours

Who is doing the thinking in your science investigations? Is it the students? Is it the teacher? Or is most of the thinking already done on the worksheet or proforma you provide. In this workshop participants will explore different practical thinking strategies to help move the thinking from the teacher to the students during science lessons and when developing science investigations.

Presenter: Sonia Cooke

Organisation: Morphett Vale East School R-7

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

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2.01 - Immersive STEM experiences

12:15 PM

1 Hour

This workshop looks at how to design an immersive adventure STEM experience across several days. It will reflect on our previous adventure to Mars and time will be spent as a group planning another adventure challenge.

Presenter: Joanne Scott

Organisation: Willunga High School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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2.02 - Thinking Scientifically

12:15 PM

1 Hour

What does it look like to think scientifically? Using visible thinking skills we will demonstrate how to transform tasks from closed to open within the Biological Strand of the curriculum. Using the Engineering Design Process we will explore how a problem can be solved in multiple ways incorporating the use of digital platforms. Participants will need access to a Green Screen or Stop Motion app.

Presenter: Abby MacPherson and Andrew Frazer

Organisation: Burnside Primary School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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2.03 - STEM Physics - Sound and Wave analysis using student owned devices

12:15 PM

1 Hour

I will demonstrate how free software, Audacity and SoundCard Scope can be used to create an oscilloscope, frequency generator and spectrum analyser on student laptops to analyse wave forms, superposition and interference, beats, resonance, and measure the speed of sound in 2 different ways. I will also demonstrate alternative methods using Android devices and some fun with a laser.

Presenter: Paul Gavini

Organisation: Underdale High School

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

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2.04 - Science as a Human Endeavour Questioning for SACE

12:15 PM

1 Hour

Katrina will share how the Bringing it to Life questioning tool can help students to develop a deeper understanding of science as a human endeavour. Cindy will share how she used these questions to support her students and develop high quality SACE SHE tasks.

Presenter: Katrina Elliott & Cindy Bunder

Organisation: Department for Education & Glenunga International High School

Target Audience: Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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2.05 - Investigative experiments in Primary Science with sensor technologies and mobile devices

12:15 PM

1 Hour

Real time data analysis is possible using Bluetooth sensors connected directly to mobile devices. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to connect a sensor device directly to your: * iPad * Apple or Android mobile phone * Chromebook * Windows or Mac laptop (computer) You will explore the possibilities for performing experiments that were either previously not possible or were difficult to collect accurate data. You will have opportunities to explore hands-on experiments that may include: * measuring light and temperature in school yard studies * measuring forces of friction on different surfaces * investigating thermal insulators * investigating performance of electrical generators and measuring changes in motion due to forces. To get maximum practical time please pre-load Vernier Graphical Analysis 4 software for your preferred device from here: https://www.vernier.com/products/software/graphical-analysis/

Presenter: John Cadogan

Organisation: Scientrific

Target Audience: Lab officers, Primary school teachers

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2.06 - Science Entrepreneurship Program

12:15 PM

1 Hour

The world is now demanding a strong emphasis on Science in schools as we move into a new industrial age that will require new infrastructure to cater for drones, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nano technology, etc. Not only will students need to understand Science, they will also need to create their own opportunities, jobs, businesses, careers while using new and innovative technologies. This workshop introduces a world class entrepreneur program that teachers can deliver to their students that is project-based learning; STEM integration; system, design, computational and critical thinking; Science as a fundamental component. Suitable for all teachers from Year 5 – Year 12

Presenter: Brad Howard

Organisation: Practical PD

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

This session promotes a commercial product

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2.07 - Using student inquiry to drive opportunities for learner agency

12:15 PM

1 Hour

We believe that using science inquiry is the perfect vehicle for all learners to develop the skills that will support them in their future lives to be ethical, considered citizens. Come along and hear about how we explicitly teach and use inquiry at senior secondary school to engage and motivate all students, giving them the chance to 'go crazy'. A range of student inquiry projects will be available for perusal and a variety of opportunities discussed.

Presenter: Glenys Thompson & Lisa Pope

Organisation: ASMS

Target Audience: Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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2.08 - Battle Bots

12:15 PM

1 Hour

The field of battle bots has been highlighted on television where robots compete against each other in an arena. Our Year 9 students created Ant weight (less than 150 gm) push bots (non-destructive) and we built a 1.2 metre cubed arena for the students to compete within, with drop doors. The process highlighted an integrated approach to electronics with the students soldering an electronic steering controller to motors, batteries and a receiver, and placed this inside a 3D printed design. This workshop will go over the steps to design and build a battle bot, the arena and finish with a mini-battle between the attendees.

Presenter: Jarrod Johnson

Organisation: Pulteney Grammar School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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3.01 - Gamification - How to make games and fun out of Thinking Science

2:05 PM

1 Hour

How to hook students with gamification - hands on examples of how to present a range of teaching tools in the guise of fun games to interest and interact with students across all year levels and STEM subjects.

Presenter: Hilary Schubert-Jones

Organisation: The Royal Institution of Australia

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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3.02 - I don't know where to start!

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Is this a statement that resonates with you when trying to plan a science unit in the primary years? This workshop will take you through how to approach the national curriculum when designing inquiry units. You will leave this workshop with a fully planned inquiry unit for at least one of the sciences within your year level and ideas on how to embed science into everything you do. Please bring along a device and a general unit plan that shows what the students are learning in each subject (this is to allow cross curricula connections where possible).

Presenter: Joanne Scott

Organisation: Willunga High School

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

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3.03 - STEM Physics and Chemistry with “Tracker” opensource software (Mac & PC)

2:05 PM

1 Hour

This workshop is designed to show how to implement the use of video and images to analyse motion, images of experiments (e.g. Teltron tube & Snells Law), colorimetry and reaction rates within the Physics and Chemistry classroom. Using the FREE cross platform software “Tracker” from the Open Source Physics, students will be able to collect calibrated measurement data from recording/photographing practicals for post analysis.

Presenter: Paul Gavini

Organisation: Underdale High School

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

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3.04 - Authentic STEM...It really is Rocket Science

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Hear how a primary school got involved in the SA Schools Space Mission to put an experiment on the International Space Station and used it as the impetus to implement a STEM program across multiple classes and ages.

Presenter: Mike Hawkey

Organisation: Two Wells Primary School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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3.05 - Using a scanning electron microscope in STEM learning P-12

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Hitachi's TM4000 scanning electron microscope is small, fast and simple to operate. Now available for student use at your site as part of a new corporate social responsibility outreach initiative. Learn how to utilise this service to enrich STEAM learning opportunities exponentially and spark engagement, excitement and curiosity from your students. Inspire STEM Education builds connections to the world through direct experiential and discovery learning, forging strong and genuine learning outcomes. This technology will ignite, enhance and fortify learning pathways and inspire curious minds to explore further, question more and deeply enrich our experience of the world. You’ll be amazed.

Presenter: Jessica Jones

Organisation: Inspire STEM Education

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

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3.06 - “Weather, climate, rates of change, complexity and chaos. What’s going on?”

2:05 PM

1 Hour

How’s the weather with you? Weather, climate, rates of change, complexity and chaos all play a subtle, increasingly important role in affecting our lives and the way we plan our futures. What connections could they have with each other? This workshop will explore some of these relationships in an interactive way. How well do we need to understand the current situation in order to make confident weather predictions of high quality? Are there barriers to making predictions about the weather? Exploring the science and modelling behind some of these evolving factors around order and chaos will enable you to possibly “always take the weather with you…..everywhere you go…”

Presenter: Vanessa Fay

Organisation: Australian Science and Mathematics School

Target Audience: Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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3.07 - Opportunities for student studies in SA National Parks

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Opportunities for students to conduct studies in SA National Parks will be presented and described. Curriculum links will focus on the new SACE Earth and Environmental Science (EES) courses, particularly the ‘Earth Systems Study’ required in the Stage 2 EES subject, however these opportunities will also be of interest to science teachers in other disciplines and at other year levels, in fact wherever ‘real science’ and learning in the outdoors is desired. The workshop will be jointly presented by Julian Marchant, NRM Education Officer, and Len Altman, Coordinator of the Geoscience Pathways Project and former recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Presenter: Len Altman & Julian Marchant

Organisation: Geoscience Pathways project & NRM Education Officer

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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3.08 - Working Safely with Glassware

2:05 PM

1 Hour

A discussion and demonstration for laboratory technicians and teachers, that focuses on correct usage of laboratory glassware and tips and techniques to help reduce accidents and injuries. After a discussion of what glass is, we will systematically work our way through the basic groups of glassware and look at what they are designed for and the correct techniques to use them safely. Along the way we will look at when non-glass alternatives are a better option and how to best to clean them and remove stains. Everyone, no matter what their level of experience, will learn something useful to take back to their school and perhaps find a new piece of equipment they much have or a better way to use existing equipment.

Presenter: Sheryl Hoffmann

Organisation: Concordia College

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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3.09 - Breaking down stereotypes in STEM

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Are you interested in building your students’ passion for a future STEM career? Are you ready to drive social change through STEM in the classroom? This workshop will provide hands-on activities to identify and breakdown existing barriers and stereotypes that are associated with working in STEM.  The activities examine how stereotypes are constructed and trigger a new language that can challenge negative beliefs and support positive ones, and building the Australian Curriculum Personal and Social Capability.

Presenter: Karen Palumbo

Organisation: Henley High School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Girls in STEM, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

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3.10 - Exploring Concepts Through Extended Projects

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Extended projects run over a term engage students while developing a deep understanding of topic. The structure of these projects allows students to immediately link learning to the project and to real world applications. This session looks at this process through the example of a balloon powered vehicle as a demonstration of motion and energy. Session participants will have the opportunity to explore ways in which the task and task structure can be modified to suit year levels, abilities, contexts and topics.

Presenter: Alexandra Fowler

Organisation: Woomera Area School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

16th Apr 2019

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Keynote 2 - Understanding the role of science in the post-truth era

9:05 AM

1 Hour

In today’s post-truth era, which is characterized by an erosion of trust in scientists and the scientific process, we are facing unprecedented anti-science sentiment. Social media are dominated by popular figures peddling scientific misinformation, pseudoscience and so-called alternative facts or alternative science. There is a frightening rise among the general population, in social media and among our leaders of the use of phrases such as ‘I don’t believe in vaccinations’ or ‘I don’t believe in climate change’, thereby equating the scientific process with a faith-based belief system and discounting the scientific evidence. These phenomena represent a grave danger to our society and our environment and demand an unprecedented effort from us as scientists and science educators to promote an understanding and appreciation of the scientific process among the general public and to regain their trust.

Presenter: Professor Sandra Orgeig

Organisation: The University of South Australia

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Cutting Edge 1A - New weapons against superbugs

11:10 AM

1 Hour

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, so called ‘superbugs’, is one of the greatest threats to human health. If we fail to rapidly create new ways to fight superbugs, 10 million people are projected to die every year by 2050. Dr Katharina Richter developed several innovative treatments to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Amongst them, shooting silver nano-bullets at bacteria and feeding them “toxic chocolate”. These innovations may become essential weapons for our arsenal against superbugs and therefore save lives.

Presenter: Dr Katharina Richter

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

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Cutting Edge 1B - Hydrogen: A renewable energy sourced from sunlight and water

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Hydrogen can be produced directly from water and produces only water when burned, making it a completely renewable and non-polluting fuel source that could replace fossil fuels. However, current methods to produce hydrogen requires a significant amount of energy and it is still not economically competitive with oil and gas. My research aims to produce light absorbing materials which can produce hydrogen (H2) from water (H2O) using only energy from sunlight to drive the reaction. To achieve this, I prepare metal oxides which absorb light, store the energy, and then use the energy to split water. This talk will introduce hydrogen as a green and renewable fuel source and then summarise the state-of-the-art methods that can be used to make hydrogen including research being undertaken in South Australia with demonstrations for electrolysis and photocatalysis.

Presenter: Dr Cameron Shearer

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

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Cutting Edge 1C - Application of Physics and Engineering to Medicine

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Sean will talk on the various applications of physics and engineering in a hospital environment and how these sciences are used to diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Did you know that you will find a medical physicist working in all parts of the health system? Sometimes it is in unexpected ways.

Presenter: Dr Sean Geoghegan

Organisation: SA Health

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Cutting Edge 2A - The Quantum Information Revolution

12:15 PM

1 Hour

The First Quantum Revolution occurred at the beginning of the 20th century and provided us with the knowledge that electrons were both waves and particles, from which flowed the development of semiconductors and, ultimately, the birth of computers. As we move into the 21st century, and the start of the Second Quantum Revolution, quantum mechanics is having an even greater influence on our day-to-day lives. For instance, the field of Quantum Information Processing harnesses the weird and wacky nature of quantum mechanics to provide next-generation computing, absolutely secure communications and ultra-precise measurement. In this talk I will focus on a few of the recent experimental highlights of this field, including the creation of Google’s newest 52 quantum-bit (“qubit”) processor, the launching of the Micius satellite that has allowed for unbreakable quantum cryptography to be carried out over 7,000 km, and how quantum light sources can help us to improve the sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors. I will also discuss our work at the University of Adelaide developing a fibre-based “quantum internet” – a version of the National Broadband Network with single particles of light (“photons”). To help me illustrate these points I will bring along a couple of optics demonstrations.

Presenter: Dr Ben Sparkes

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

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Cutting Edge 2B - Using a zombie apocalypse to engage students in environmental health and increase scientific literacy

12:15 PM

1 Hour

Environmental health is an essential profession for protecting human health and yet as a discipline it is under-recognised, overlooked and misunderstood. Too few students undertake environmental health studies, culminating in a dearth of qualified Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in Australia. A major deterrent to students enrolling in environmental health courses is a lack of appreciation of the importance and relevance of environmental health to their own lives. This is a symptom of a wider problem of scientific literacy. This presentation will explore the used a contemporary cultural hook, ‘the Zombie Apocalypse’ to attract and engage both science and non-science students in environmental health. Challenge-based learning was used to facilitate student-led exploration of their lives through an environmental health lens. This live learning experience captured the imagination of students and placed scientific literacy and environmental health in a meaningful context, while maintaining scientific rigor in the student experience.

Presenter: Dr Harriet Whiley

Organisation: Flinders University

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Cutting Edge 2C - Genetic Scissors and the future for personalised medicine

12:15 PM

1 Hour

We use the term ‘cancer’ to group together many diseases that have one common fundamental feature: the abnormal growth of cells. Since the beginning of early surgical treatments to Sidney Farber’s discovery of chemotherapy, humans have worked to uncover methods of controlling cancer. This talk will provide a scientist’s perspective of where we have come from and where we are headed for cancer treatment. It will expose the listener to cutting edge approaches to modify DNA using genetic scissors, the power of genome sequencing for cancer samples and the use of stem cells in the selection of personalised treatments. The end goal of this very human endeavour is to find the holy grail: a cure for cancer. REPEAT OF 2018 SESSION

Presenter: Dr Susan Woods

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

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4.01 - Lets really do science inquiry

2:05 PM

1 Hour

"The Australian Curriculum: Science emphasises inquiry-based teaching and learning. Scientific inquiry promotes critical and creative thinking by encouraging flexibility and open-mindedness as students speculate about their observations of the world. In an inquiry classroom, students are able to challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. In this workshop teachers will investigate the process and practicalities of inquiry learning in the Science classroom. They will engage in hands-on activities that will inform their understanding of the types of inquiry and how to implement them in their teaching program."

Presenter: Kate Dilger

Organisation: SASTA

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

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4.02 - The Sustainability of STEM

2:05 PM

1 Hour

How are you going with sourcing materials for STEM projects & what do you do with the many finished products? Do you pull apart all of the projects and reuse or recycle the materials? Is what you are doing sustainable? Come along to this workshop for a group discussion and sharing of ideas. We will look at sourcing, building, dismantling, reusing, recycling and waste. Bring questions, ideas and any solutions you may have.

Presenter: Janine King

Organisation: Salisbury East High School

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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4.03 - New Science elaborations addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

2:05 PM

1 Hour

ACARA’s new science elaborations support teachers to incorporate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. They are scientifically rigorous, demonstrating how Indigenous history, culture, knowledge and understanding can be incorporated into teaching core scientific concepts. They provide a more culturally responsive curriculum experience for Aboriginal students resulting in increased engagement and an opportunity for teachers to engage all students in respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. Donna and Katrina are working with ACARA to contextualise the elaborations for South Australia in collaboration with our Aboriginal Communities. In this workshop we will share how the science elaborations will be contextualised and some processes and resources to support teachers to implement them.

Presenter: Katrina Elliott, Donna Shillingford & Dr Joe Sambono

Organisation: Department for Education & ACARA

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers

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4.04 - Oliphant Science Awards Information Workshop

2:05 PM

1 Hour

The Oliphant Science Awards Competition is a great way to incorporate science learning into any classroom! This workshop will provide information to those who many be interested in becoming involved in 2019. You will have the chance to hear about the event, what you need to do to register, tips on what criteria the projects need to meet and the key dates to remember.

Presenter: Peter Turnbull & Gerald Little

Organisation: Oliphant Science Awards Co-convenors

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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4.05 - Effective Formative Assessment with Education Perfect.

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Gonski 2.0 recommends moving from summative assessments to more regular formative assessments that acknowledge learning progressions. One aspect that makes formative assessment so powerful is the feedback that is provided to students. Feedback is most effective when it is timely and specific. Education Perfect is a resource that has a range of curriculum-aligned content along with an easy to use assessment tool that can automatically mark and analyse assessments to provide this exact kind of feedback. The platform provides teachers with the tools to implement effective regular formative assessments to empower you as a teacher and encourage a growth mindset in your students. This session will explain how to do this using Education Perfect.

Presenter: Kelly Hollis

Organisation: Education Perfect

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

This session promotes a commercial product

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4.06 - CANCELLED: Physics of Music

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Igniting a student's interest in STEM by learning 'in the real' can be very effective. Abstract scientific concepts such as Electromagnetic and sound waves become live and are not merely diagrams in a text book. With the aid of a digital oscilloscope, this seminar illustrates how music can be visualised as captivating waves as it happened.

Presenter: Keith Man

Organisation: Neuplex Pty Ltd

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

This session promotes a commercial product

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4.07 - Working with PocketLab - The science lab that fits in the palm of your hand.

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Learn practical, hands on experiments to clearly demonstrate scientific principles using PocketLab Voyager. The Pocketlab Voyager is an all-in-one science lab that is capable enough for a professional engineer and simple enough for a 4th grade student. With PocketLab Voyager, you can conduct literally hundreds of science experiments covering physics, engineering, Earth science, chemistry, biology, and programming. The PocketLab is small, easy to use and comes well-resourced with freely available lesson plans, user guides and software that is compatible with almost any computer, tablet, or smartphone. With it’s simple data collection and display it is ideal for incorporating the new digital technologies curriculum into science.

Presenter: Paul Smargiassi

Organisation: CD-Soft Educational Resources

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

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4.08 - CANCELLED: Cross year level integrated challenge - Space Quest

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Year 7 and 9 students undertook an integrated challenge investigating the Earth in Space. The students created posters of the Solar System objects, moving out the constellations and then the Messier objects beyond our galaxy. At the end of the unit the students were given an interactive challenge to work through a series of quiz cards and try to identify all the objects on their card using the clues and the posters on the wall, submitting their answers to a Google Form, which checks their answer and tracks their progress live on the main screen. Participants in this workshop will be taken through the set up for this integrated approach and online live testing and will finish with a chance to try out the Space Quest task themselves.

Presenter: Jarrod Johnson

Organisation: Pulteney Grammar School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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4.09D - EXCURSION: ArtLab

2:05 PM

2 Hours

Have you ever looked at paintings in a gallery or objects in a museum and wondered how these collections are sustained? Or looked at your prized broken vase and thought where can I get this restored? This is what we do. We care for your treasures by providing specialised preservation and conservation services for works of art and historic items. Artlab is responsible for the conservation programs of the State’s extensive collections in Adelaide. Our business includes corporate clientele, galleries, museums, libraries, other cultural institutions and private clients with family treasures all over Australia and overseas. This workshop will focus on the Science of preservation and restoration. This excursion visits Artlab’s five laboratories: textiles; paintings; paper and books; objects and large projects providing the opportunity to view items currently being treated, examined or condition checked from all over Australia. Specialist conservators will explain the treatments currently being undertaken. REPEAT FROM 2018

Organisation: ArtLab

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4.10D - EXCURSION: SA Museum: Behind the Scenes

2:05 PM

2 Hours

The South Australian Museum is a familiar place for most South Australians. In particular, teachers and their students can readily list off their favorite experiences in the Museum whether it be ascending the stairs with the Giant Squid to bravely step onto the perspex platform, anticipating the swishing Nathan the Lion’s tail or wandering through a transect of our state exploring an incredible range of habitats and life forms in the SA Biodiversity Gallery. Most people however, would be unaware of the array of other fascinating storage and work spaces that make up ‘behind the scenes at the SA Museum’ including the Science Centre. The Science Centre on Morgan Thomas Lane, off Kintore Avenue, is where the majority of the Museum’s scientists work. It is also where most of the Australian Polar, Biological Sciences, Mineral Sciences, Palaeontology and Information Resources collections are housed. For these reasons, it forms a critical part of the activities of the South Australian Museum despite being largely tucked away from the public gaze. Join researchers and collection managers behind the scenes for a rare opportunity to visit some of our world renowned collections to learn more about why we collect, how the collections are maintained and about some of the diverse research projects undertaken. REPEAT FROM 2018

Organisation: SA Museum

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4.11D - CANCELLED: EXCURSION: The Art of Critical Thinking

2:05 PM

2 Hours

Join Education Officer Kylie Neagle for a workshop and tour at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Using the Gallery’s Curiosity Cards, learn how works of art can function as the perfect vehicle for developing critical and creative thinking, a skill vital in all learning areas. Curiosity Cards inspire teachers and students to explore new ways of thinking. The questions provide students with an alternative ‘way in’ to a work of art, sparking their curiosity and developing their confidence in responding to visual information. Kylie Neagle is the Education Officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) with ten years Visual Arts teaching experience (middle and secondary). Kylie holds a Masters in Museum and Curatorial Studies from the University of Adelaide.

Organisation: Art Gallery of South Australia

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4.12D - EXCURSION: Tour of the University of Adelaide (including the Vernon-Roberts Museum)

2:05 PM

2 Hours

This biology / anatomy focussed excursion will include a visit to the Vernon-Roberts Museum (anatomy museum) at the University of Adelaide. More details to come.

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

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5.01 - Thinking and Acting Scientifically develops through Science as a Human Endeavour

3:10 PM

1 Hour

It is a misconception that inquiry is a method of doing science in a fixed, linear sequence. The Australian Science Curriculum Science Inquiry Skills do outline the Inquiry Skills, however they need to be interwoven with Science as a Human Endeavour to enable students to ‘think and act’ scientifically whilst doing their investigations. In this workshop we will do a few investigations to show how it makes a difference when we connect science inquiry skills through science as a human endeavour.

Presenter: Katrina Elliott

Organisation: Department for Education

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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5.02 - Engaging Students in STEM Learning

3:10 PM

1 Hour

In this session, we will walk through a design process question to show how student interest can guide learning in a STEM approach. The aim of this session is to be interactive and open to questions right the way through.

Presenter: Peter Beveridge

Organisation: Pennington School R-7

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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5.03 - Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary: Bringing birds and conservation into your curriculum

3:10 PM

1 Hour

Adelaide has a unique global position as a destination for migratory shorebirds on the East-Asian Australasian Flyway. The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS) is of great international conservation significance and presents an exciting teaching and learning opportunity on Adelaide’s doorstep. Each year around 27,000 migratory birds travel from the Arctic Circle to the northern Adelaide metropolitan shoreline to feed in the rich mud flats of the AIBS. The AIBS extends from St Kilda to Port Parham along the upper St Vincent Gulf coastline. Educational Resources developed for NRM Education and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS) will be presented. Ideas for visits, as well as school-based activities for those who cannot make it to the AIBS will be covered. Activities are mapped to the Australian Curriculum. Focus will be on Science but there are obvious links to HASS and other curriculum areas.

Presenter: Bruce Baker

Organisation: Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

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5.04 - Using Laser Technology in Education

3:10 PM

1 Hour

An introduction to using world leading laser technology as a tool to increase the educational output. This is done by creating industry ready transferable skills, across many faculties in a wide range of applications. We will cover: The science behind how and why a laser works. Real examples showcasing applications across educational departments. The benefits of bringing laser technology into your school. Why choosing the right laser system is important for your school. Live demonstrations of the laser process are available throughout the day at the Trotec Laser stand.

Presenter: Ben Branford

Organisation: Trotec Laser

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Design and Technology Staff, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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5.05 - CANCELLED: A scientific inquiry in the microscopic world

3:10 PM

1 Hour

Educators know students learn best when they are engaged with authentic ownership and that finding the provocations to engage our students can be a challenge. The GoMicro attaches to handheld devices to bring the microscopic world to the class. Our experiences with students has opened a world of wonder and rich learning outcomes. The GoMicro workshop is a hands-on interactive opportunity to understand a student’s experience of our primary inquiry session ‘Is There Math in Nature?’ The workshop enables participants to experience the microscopic world and then the opportunity to talk through ways provocations can be developed across interdisciplinary areas to create authentic inquiry, and to explore platforms for sharing of resources.

Presenter: Brett Darcy

Organisation: GoMicro thruogh the New Venture Institute, Flinders University

Target Audience: School leaders, Primary school teachers

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5.06 - CANCELLED: Going Viral – how to use storification to engage students

3:10 PM

1 Hour

Explore how storification is used as part of a learning design process to engage students in senior secondary science. The Going Viral learning program provides the opportunity for students to be disease investigators and follow the outbreak of disease in SA. The learning involves a range of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to support students in being able to identify the disease based on disease data and work out an action plan to stop the spread of the disease. Learn about how this learning was designed and how you could use storification in your learning design to engage students in authentic real world problems.

Presenter: Karla Pobke, Sophie Braun, Alex Rendoulis, Daisy Keating

Organisation: ASMS

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Senior school (year 10-12) teachers

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5.07 - CANCELLED: Using the Oliphant Science Awards to guide student inquiry

3:10 PM

1 Hour

After judging for the Oliphant Science Awards for many years, and on return from the BHP Billiton Awards, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into Science Inquiry, STEM. For the past two years, I have guided the year 3 and 4 children at Stirling East Primary School through their OWN scientific enquiry, driven by topics OF THEIR OWN choice. We have received much positive feedback from parents, students, teachers, scientists and science communicators. In this workshop I will take you through the process and allow you to access my resources to assist you to scaffold the inquiry method with children in your class. This has the power to transform learning and truly engage students in learning skills to equip them for the future.

Presenter: Sarah Finney

Organisation: Stirling East Primary School

Target Audience: Middle school (year 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

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