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12th Apr 2021

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Keynote 1 - The role of experiential connection with nature as educational tools for conservation science: the Cleland Experience.

9:30 AM

1 Hour

Jacques Cousteau, (French explorer and conservationist) famously said "You can't save what you don't love, and you can't love what you don't know." Zoos and Wildlife Parks create opportunities for visitors to get to know and develop an attachment for displayed species. Hence, most Zoos and Wildlife Parks have education as one of their core aims. Cleland’s purpose statement reflects this role: ‘Cleland Wildlife Park provides world class, direct nature experiences which connect guests and communities to South Australian wildlife. By creating and supporting a love of nature we provide the information and knowledge necessary to empower conservation action in our guests, staff, researchers and supporters.” Up close and personal experiences with animals are both popular with the public, and an effective educational tool. However, in a standard visit to a Zoo or Wildlife Park people spend as little as 10 seconds in front of an individual exhibit. Clearly this is insufficient time to learn or develop any kind of attachment for the species in question. In addition, there is a ground-swell of anti-zoo, anti-handling sentiment directed towards some zoos and wildlife experiences. The challenge to Zoos and Wildlife Parks is to find ways of engaging and educating the public in a meaningful, and lasting manner around the science, necessity and practice of conservation, while being aware of, and responding to the ‘anti-zoo’ sentiment being expressed more and more fervently. This challenge is leading to many new and exciting methods for delivering educational outcomes in environmental science and conservation.

Presenter: Professor Chris Daniels

Organisation: Cleland Wildlife Park

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101 - Using the Australia Curriculum Science, cross curriculum priority - sustainability to teach climate change solutions

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Explore how to teach climate change solutions using opportunities provided in the Australia Curriculum Science and Cross curriculum priority Sustainability and General Capabilities

Presenter: Katrina Elliott & Meegan Ballantyne

Organisation: Department for Education

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

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102 - Introductory Robotics

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Learn to program an Arduino microprocessor to make your own gadgets using ArduBlock, a simple "drag and drop" interface. No experience required.

Presenter: Don Eickhoff

Organisation: Techspace Learning

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

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103 - To improve the representation of females in STEM should we be renewing our focus on soft skills.

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Current research suggests female secondary students are underrepresented in typically ‘masculine’ STEM subjects. Without intervention, it is predicted that the underrepresentation of females will continue to impact social equity, future workforce needs and business profitability. A range of initiatives have emerged to address the underrepresentation of females; such as local and national STEM competitions, scholarships and camps. This workshop investigates a rational for the underrepresentation of females in STEM education and proposes a renewed focus on soft skills and using worked examples to encourage females to succeed in STEM at school.

Presenter: Catherine Royans

Organisation: University of Adelaide

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

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104 - How can you build authentic student agency in science?

11:10 AM

1 Hour

Student voice, student agency, student influence – many words to mean similar things. But how can you build authentic student agency in a subject like science where you’re bound to the Australian Curriculum? What difference does it make to student learning and is it worth it? In this session, you’ll see real-classroom-tested ways of facilitating student agency around the what, how, who, where and when of learning science.

Presenter: Lara Lang

Organisation: Reynella East College

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

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105 - Opportunities for student participation in real scientific investigations through SACE Earth and Environmental Science

11:10 AM

1 Hour

The Stage 2 SACE Earth and Environmental Science (EES) course has more content about Climate Change and Sustainability than any other SACE course. Together these topics make up 50% of the Stage 2 EES course. This session will provide a brief overview of opportunities for field investigations to suit the requirements of the SACE EES curriculum. Kelly Sharrad, a curriculum writer and experienced EES teacher, will present this part of the session. Dr Cesca McInerney (University of Adelaide) will describe a range of opportunities for EES students to work alongside University researchers, in studies related to Climate Change and Sustainability. These suggestions will include an opportunity for students to be directly involved in the collecting and analysing real field data, as part of their externally assessed Stage 2 Earth Systems Study. During the session substantial cash prizes will be announced for student Earth Systems Studies. From 2021, students will be invited to submit 2-minute videos documenting their work, to thereby compete for $2500 in prize money offered by the Geological Society of Australia.

Presenter: Dr Cesca McInerny & Kelly Sharrad

Organisation: Geoscienc Pathways Project

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

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106 - STEM unit on Lockheed Martin Australia's Future Submarine Program

11:10 AM

1 Hour

We are enthusiastic about developing critical and analytical thinking in students via STEM-based units that integrate classroom-based learning with real-world applications. Our STEM unit that aligns with the ACARA achievement standards for year 9-10 science and mathematics will be delivered over a period of 8 weeks in blocks of two 90 minute lessons. The unit focuses on students understanding some aspects of designing a submarine, such as the chemical properties of the material used, physics of buoyancy and biology of maintaining life support under seawater conditions. The unit was developed in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) whose latest venture with the Department of Defence and Naval Group is to design twelve new submarines. As the submarines are likely to enter the service by early 2030s, students currently in Year 8-12 are prospective employees of the project. This unit will be run by the presenters at Parafield Gardens High School in 2020 with a select group of students interested in STEM-based learning. We invite you to run the unit with us so that we can provide support and assistance to each other during the year, discuss ideas for future improvement of this plan and brainstorm other potential plans.

Presenter: Swati Salvi and Nitika Chauhan

Organisation: Parafield Gardens High School

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

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107 - Experience Coding LEGO Education's SPIKE Prime Robotics system in Python and Block-based code - DOUBLE SESSION

11:10 AM

2 Hours

In this engaging hands-on workshop you will learn to code the SPIKE Prime Robotics system in Python and/or Block-based coding. SPIKE Prime is easy to get started, use and incredibly flexible based on your students' level and curriculum requirements. Learn how you can teach STEAM following the progression of the SPIKE Prime units aligned to the Australian curriculum and build your students’ confidence. Look at ideas for running and facilitating hands-on lessons as well as discussing classroom management tips with time for questions. Participants will need to bring a laptop, iPad or other BYO device with the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime App installed.

Presenter: James Dwyer

Organisation: Modern Teaching Aids

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

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108 - SA Water presents The Well - DOUBLE SESSION

11:10 AM

2 Hours

The Well, SA Water's new educational program is a series of free activities and resources focussing on all things water. Students can participate in workshops and tours that explain the process of cleaning water from a variety of sources, including wastewater. Our newly developed young innovators and entrepreneurs' program sees students developing solutions to real world issues in this problem-based learning experience. Students become water quality scientists for the day by ordering one of our water education and testing kits that give them the chance to taste a variety of waters from across the state and test some of their properties. There will be also be a chance to discuss utilising Smart Water Meters and moisture/nutrient probes at your school, allowing students to constantly monitor water usage, analyse patterns and gain an understanding of Smart Irrigation. Finally learn about how cooling open green spaces can reduce energy costs and improve the livability of the community.

Presenter: Daniel Becker

Organisation: SA Water

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

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109 - Bushfires and Science in Disaster Resilience Education - DOUBLE SESSION

11:10 AM

2 Hours

Disaster resilience is an important skill that ensures people can withstand and recover from the impacts of events such as fire, drought, and flood. Disaster resilience education allows young people to understand and deal with the impacts of natural hazards and develop solutions to local challenges. South Australia is one of the most bushfire prone places in the world and the threat of a bushfire to South Australian students is increasing with climate change. This seminar will walk you through how to use an understanding of bushfire risk and disaster resilience education to contribute to young people’s survival and resilience in bushfires. You will link bushfire preparedness and awareness with the Australian Science Curriculum with STEM projects that integrate across the curriculum requiring students to solve modern real-world problems.

Presenter: Chris Sedunary & Belinda Dunbar

Organisation: SA Country Fire Service

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

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201 - How much gold is in my smartphone? Why geoscience needs you!

12:15 PM

1 Hour

In this workshop we will get hands-on with the rocks and minerals needed to produce the things we use every day. What elements do you need to make a smartphone? What are the most important metals? How much do we need? How do you find them? We will also explore the disconnect between the commonly negative associations with mining and our ever-increasing consumption of metals and minerals for modern and future technologies. Geoscience also plays a critical role in the Australian economy and is suffering a sharp decline in tertiary enrolments, resulting in a growing skills shortage. During 2021, the University of Adelaide, through the National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS), plans to initiate the NExUS-Rock Stars geoscience outreach program to primary and secondary schools. In collaboration with the CoRE learning foundation, we aim to provide training opportunities to science teachers to enable integrated learning of earth science through contextually set project-based learning.

Presenter: Dr Richard Lilly

Organisation: University of Adelaide , NExUS Program Leader and Minerals Industry Embedded Research Fellow

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

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202 - UniSA Connect STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE)

12:15 PM

1 Hour

The UniSA STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE) is designed to increase STEM engagement in schools and increase STEM awareness in the wider community. This is achieved by students participating in a series of STEM-based tasks that are linked to curriculum. Each year approximately 300 students from across South Australia participate. Qualifying schools present their learning at Regional Showcases. Winners from each showcase continue to the STEMIE State Final, where students compete in unseen STEM challenges to gain the title of “STEMIE State Final Winner” and also receive prize money to spend on equipment for the school. The program is free to invited schools and UniSA sponsorship also provides starter equipment and ongoing support from UniSA Connect Staff and through the STEMIE online Moodle. Come along and get your school on the list.

Presenter: Anita Trenwith

Organisation: University of South Australia

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

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203 - What's Up? CSIRO's Space Initiatives

12:15 PM

1 Hour

CSIRO is a major leader in Australian space initiatives. Specific examples including the Space Roadmap, the Centre for Earth Observation, NovaSAR-1, a new radar satellite and the development of CSIROSat-1 due for launch in 2021. CSIRO also provides excellent space tracking and communication through facilities such as the CDSCC operated in conjunction with NASA and the ESA station at New Norcia. We explore these initiatives in detail, highlighting how they can be incorporated into the curriculum. The role of Earth Observation in addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is discussed. Examples of educational resources and activities are presented.

Presenter: Robert Hollow

Organisation: CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

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

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204 - Incorporating Science as a Human Endeavour into Your Lessons

12:15 PM

1 Hour

It can be hard incorporating SHE activities into a jam-packed curriculum. Stile has done the hard work for you by producing high-quality units that include links to up-to-date, relevant scientific endeavours. Come along to get some examples and resources to take back to your classroom! Please bring a device along to this session.

Presenter: Izzie Telfer

Organisation: Stile Education

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

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205 - Audacious middle school units on sustainability

12:15 PM

1 Hour

What if, in teaching science, you could actually make a difference to the world around you? Well, you can, and you do! In this workshop, be encouraged to THINK BIG, and do the OUTRAGEOUS in your classroom. Connect to the wider world with integrated projects as you explore the theme of sustainability and science. 6 complete (and taught and tested) units of work that align with science will be presented, giving you ideas, curriculum links, and big term long inquiry projects that any teacher and students can tackle, in exploring the interdisciplinary topic of sustainability.

Presenter: Lara Lang

Organisation: Reynella East College

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

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206 - RSPCA - Our role in animal welfare science

12:15 PM

1 Hour

Animal welfare science uses scientific principles and research to determine the impact of our actions on animals, be they farm, companion or wild. AWARE by RSPCA is a free Teachers' Portal designed for primary and middle school teachers looking for innovative resources that provide real life, meaningful contexts for teaching and learning with the Australian Curriculum. The free Student’s Portal provides accurate resources and students can upload drawings, photographs or questions. The workshop will provide an overview: of the fifteen Units of Learning and Lesson Plans, printable worksheets for in class inter- disciplinary learning; online, interactive quizzes; downloadable PowerPoint resources; Classroom videos and numerous Research Articles & Readings; glossaries in 4 languages. The workshop will also provide a discussion with a RSPCA animal rescue officer, an animal shelter volunteer (both may be available to visit your school), and a vet/vet nurse.

Presenter: Alison Wilson

Organisation: RSPCA South Australia

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

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PANEL - Panel Discussion: How well are we preparing future generations for saving the planet?

2:05 PM

1 Hour

Join Professor Martin Westwell (Chief Executive of SACE, neuroscience of learning researcher, strategic leader and boundary pusher) as he takes the audience on a controversial and reflective journey into science education practices. He will be chairing the panel discussion and asking our panellists probing questions to engage the audience and get everyone thinking. The audience is also invited to ask the panellists questions, ensuring a teacher voice is present in the discussion. Our panellists are not just experts in their field, but great thinkers who each bring a different perspective to the discussion. They are: Keynote speaker Prof Chris Daniels who is passionate about finding effective ways of delivering science education outcomes. Professor Sandra Orgeig from UniSA. Head of School: research and professor in Pulmonary Biology. Associate Professor Kathryn Page in Education for Sustainability from UniSAs Education Futures.

Presenter: Professor Martin Westwell, Professor Chris Daniels, Professor Sandra Orgeig and Associate Professor Kathryn Paige

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301 - How to get Industry Experts in your classroom

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Defence Science Technology Group undertake cutting edge STEM research for both military and civilian life applications. In this workshop we take you through the work that DST undertake to assist Australia wide in various situations such as the bushfires and COVID-19 response. We talk about how you can utilise these real life examples of STEM in your classroom and how to connect our scientists and engineers with your students in a personalised manner.

Presenter: Hilary Schubert-Jones

Organisation: DST

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

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302 - Get Real! Using Authentic Astronomy Data in the Classroom

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Astronomy is a discipline in which real scientific data is freely and easily accessible. This makes it an ideal area for both first hand and second hand student investigations with the potential to undertake engaging and exciting projects. This workshop discusses a variety of data sources and programs, how to access them and what tools are available. Examples of possible student investigations are outlined.

Presenter: Robert Hollow

Organisation: CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

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

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303 - Still Flipping Excited!

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Flipped learning is a teaching methodology that gives teacher time to students by covering theory in their students' personal time, and spending their class time working with their learning. In this presentation I'll go through why I flip, how I flip, the technology I use, and how to flip assessment and feedback (which saves paper, in line with saving the planet, our conference's theme). We will also get started on your first flip, if you bring your laptop/device...

Presenter: Tobias Ward

Organisation: Department for Education

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

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304 - Science for Special Options Classes

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Ideal for educators working with students with additional needs, or in special options classes. Together, we'll explore three ways you can differentiate in Science, for both theory and practical lessons: outcome, personal support, and resources. We'll look at strategies you can use to support a range of students, including those who may be non-verbal, have mobility limitations, are working at low literacy and numeracy levels, have sensory or processing disorders, or are heavily dependent on their SSOs.

Presenter: Dina Phan & Kerensa Greenfield

Organisation: Woodville High School & Kapunda High School

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

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305 - Continuing the Conversation

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Have you ever left a panel session, your interest piqued, but wishing there had been more time to explore issues, questions and ideas more deeply with the panellists, moderator and each other? This workshop builds on from the panel discussion, and is a more informal chance for panellists and interested workshop attendees to ‘continue the conversation’.

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306 - Fibre, Yarn And Fabric

3:25 PM

1 Hour

In an age where people are thinking about recycling and words like fast fashion, sustainable wardrobe and microplastic pollution are bandied about, isn’t it time to look at what our clothes are made of, and what we can do to reduce our footprint on the planet? This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to look at fibres, yarns and fabrics both visually and under a microscope and perform a simple burns test to determine what fabrics are made from and if they are made of natural or man-made fibres. Suggestions will be made for suitable practicals on this topic, for various year levels, including making rayon & nylon. We will also discuss ways to reduce, recycle and reuse clothing and accessories.

Presenter: Sheryl Hoffmann

Organisation: Concordia College

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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307 - Quantifying engagement with lesson formats

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Student engagement is considered ‘the cornerstone of high school reform efforts’ with students connecting across cognitive, behavioural, emotional and agentic domains. However, while multiple engagement measures are available, they offer little Australian audience focus, do not evaluate discrete domains of engagement, and data is rarely actioned to develop best pedagogical practice. This study developed a secondary school, domain-level engagement survey, the SDES to map learner engagement domains with four common pedagogical models (Chalk and Talk (CT), Digital Platform (DP), Practical-Based (PB), and Inquiry-based (IB) lessons. Results revealed that overall, IB lesson styles generated the highest levels of engagement across the four domains for Yr 10 students and across cognitive and emotional domains for Yr 9 students. This presentation considers the findings of the SDES as an engagement measure that enables educators to design pedagogy for maximal engagement.

Presenter: Sam Moyle

Organisation: Brighton Secondary School

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

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308 - Merge: Bring Science to life in every classroom, using just 3 simple tools

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Students learn best when they can hold and inspect physical objects, but is this always available in the classroom when it comes to Science? With Merge, students can feel the vibrations of a human heart, dissect a frog and rotate around the planets of the solar system, all just with a digital device, an app and a physical cube. The patterns on the cube act as a super QR code, which communicates with the device’s camera to launch simulations from the app right onto the screen. Students interact with the simulation on the screen in a 3D, hands-on learning experience, using the simulation to “feel” the object rather than just see it. Learning experiences are equipped with student follow-up tasks and are aligned to the Australian Science Curriculum.

Presenter: Rosemary Arnott

Organisation: Modern Teaching Aids

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

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309 - Teaching The Science of a Bionic Fish

3:25 PM

1 Hour

Teaching science in an engaging and interesting way can be challenging at times and rather dependent on the responses as well as the state of mind of students. This seminar proposes how to use a bionic fish to make the teaching of science (physics/biology) as well as digital technology tangibly, impressively and productively. The pleasant surprise of seeing a bionic fish turning its tail in air and swimming in water (if a tub is available) will wake up and wow the sleepiest in class. The bionic fish is a STEM product from Festo Didactic and has been taught in classes of students with learning challenges, with amazing results.

Presenter: Thomas Man

Organisation: Neuplex

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

13th Apr 2021

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Keynote 2 - Communicating for Change!

9:10 AM

1 Hour

In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to identify #fakenews, communicating and telling stories with impact is key! But is it possible to use the science of communication and marketing to share science messages and tell science stories that make people want to save the planet? Dr Hannah Brown will share her strategies on how to be more influence than influenza, how to communicate with impact, and most importantly, how to tell stories that change behaviour.

Presenter: Dr Hannah Brown

Organisation: Chief Science Storyteller Communications and Marketing, SAHMRI

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1A - How can we use biomedical engineering to improve pregnancy outcomes?

11:15 AM

1 Hour

Pregnancy is an extremely exciting, yet also stressful time for expectant parents as they often worry that something might go wrong. These fears are not completely unfounded as for every 100 pregnancies around 3 will have a pathogenic genetic abnormality (such as Down Syndrome or a genetic heart condition). In addition, more than 10 of these pregnancies will be affected by placental dysfunctions that can lead to several serious complications including growth restriction, preeclampsia and sadly even stillbirth. Prenatal testing for these conditions and complications is crucial to ensure the best management of pregnancy and therefore, birth outcomes as well as to reassure the majority of expectant parents with a healthy pregnancy. Marnie will speak about her ongoing interdisciplinary research aiming to improve prenatal screening for genetic abnormalities and diagnosis of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia.

Presenter: Dr Marnie Winter

Organisation: University of South Australia

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1B - Sharks: Where are they going? How do we know?

11:15 AM

1 Hour

Advances in tagging and tracking technology is increasingly enabling marine scientists to better understand where organisms are going. Due to their large size, sharks have been able to carry a wide range of tags providing scientists with new information about shark movement patterns and area of occurrence. However, the new frontiers in tagging and tracking sharks is not only to find out where they are going, but why or what they are doing when they’re there. In this presentation, I will go through the many tags used by shark ecologists by providing examples of recent studies in South Australia and internationally where these tags have been used.

Presenter: Associate Professor Charlie Huveneers

Organisation: Flinders University

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2A - The nurture of nature: how environmental factors can influence our genetic risk

12:20 PM

1 Hour

Sarah’s research centres around how genetic factors influence cognitive and mental health outcomes, and how these are impacted by environmental exposures such as early-life stress, exercise, and diet. She leads the Behavioural GEMs laboratory at Flinders University, with a focus on genomic and epigenomic variation that contributes to depression, eating disorders, psychosis, and cognitive change. In this talk Sarah will address some questions relevant to the learning and experiences of children in our care. What is it that shapes behaviour and mental health outcomes? Both genetic and the environmental factors are important in shaping our futures, but if there is a genetic control do we as educationalists have any control really, or the children themselves? And given the significance of trauma exposure ingrained in Australian history and also recent catastrophes, can we pass our experiences of trauma to our children through our genetic material? The aim of this talk is to give you a brief overview and provide opportunity to ask questions and raise discussions.

Presenter: Associate Professor Sarah Cohen-Woods

Organisation: Flinders University

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2B - Understanding parasite biology to make better therapeutics

12:20 PM

1 Hour

Mosquito borne malaria parasites cause repeated bouts of debilitating illness and the death of 450,000 children younger than 5 every year. Spreading resistance to our best antimalarials in SE Asia is of great concern and new drug treatments are urgently needed. Furthermore, long-term control of the disease is only likely to happen with the successful development of effective vaccines. However, even our best control measures are under constant risk due to parasite and mosquito adaptations, as well as political and environmental challenges. Disease causing malaria parasites live inside human red blood cells (RBCs) that carry oxygen to where needed in the body. Dr. Wilson and his team are uncovering the function of proteins unique to the parasites that could be targeted by drugs and vaccines.

Presenter: Dr Danny Wilson

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

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401 - Global citizen science in your classroom

2:10 PM

1 Hour

Imagine a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional, and global scales. In this session you will learn about and experience The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. An international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Bring a laptop or tablet able to access the internet to this session.

Presenter: Bill Flynn

Organisation: CSIRO Education and Outreach

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

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402 - Navigating the Oliphant Science Awards in your School

2:10 PM

1 Hour

Come along to this session to learn more about how the Oliphant Science Awards can be incorporated into your school! The session will cover general information about the competition, how to get involved, tips on supporting students with projects and judging.

Presenter: Peter Turnbull & Gerald Little

Organisation: SASTA

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403 - Education Perfect, Peer Review & Improving Students' Scientific Literacy

2:10 PM

1 Hour

Peer review helps build student investment in writing in all areas, by making the writing process collaborative and giving students opportunities to learn from one another. By assessing whether student examples meet requirements, students focus on task goals instead of simply grammar and mechanics. Even strong writers benefit from this process, students report that they learn as much or more from identifying and articulating weaknesses in a peer’s work as from incorporating feedback into their own. Education Perfect provides teachers with the opportunity to have students review each other's work, while building their skills in writing and grammar usage.

Presenter: Emma McAllister

Organisation: Education Perfect

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

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404 - The Impact of Gesture on Student Learning Outcomes in STEM Education: An Investigation using Cognitive Load Theory and Self-Efficacy Measures.

2:10 PM

1 Hour

Student perceptions of subject difficulty and confidence in ability are compounded by the complex & abstract nature of concepts in STEM disciplines. Furthermore, the intricacies involved in making connections for learning, may exhaust student working memory, due to immense cognitive load. The incorporation of human movement effect within Cognitive Load theory, the linking of Geary’s evolutionary psychology with cognitive architecture and the emergence of Embodied Cognition theory, have the potential to improve student learning outcomes and perceptions in education. This study used cognitive load as a theoretical framework to investigate the impact of gestures on student learning outcomes in a secondary school chemistry classroom.

Presenter: Kylie Walters

Organisation: Brighton Secondary School

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

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405 - Not Such an Alien Subject

2:10 PM

1 Hour

Earth and Space Science is can be a struggle to teach; but what if there was a way to explore the curiosity of Aliens while also teaching the Australian Curriculum? This session focusses on teaching students both Earth and Space concepts while exploring it from an Alien Perspective. What if you discovered a new planet and had to record the science of the planet, its solar system, and its ecosystems? Students invent and explain their Alien Species and the planet in terms of scientific concepts such as resources, lunar cycle, solar systems, rock cycles, tectonic plates, and carbon cycle (year level appropriate tasks). Student explore the concepts using earth as the example and then apply those understandings to their planets. This unit has been run for a year’s 2-10 and covers required standards for each level. This session explores implantation of the unit in the classroom and how to identify which tasks and develop appropriate additional learning in these concepts.

Presenter: Alexandra Fowler

Organisation: Woomera Area School

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

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406 - Putting a Face to the Science

2:10 PM

1 Hour

How the Nature Education Centre's educational animal talks tie in with the curriculum and inspire students to care about the conservation of the natural world. In this workshop you will meet some of our animal ambassadors and one of our education officers will discuss how they can be used to demonstrate real world examples to suit the curriculum across different year levels. We will also explore the variety of different talk topics we can deliver using our wide range of both live and preserved specimens.

Presenter: Alex Carr

Organisation: Nature Education Centre

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

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407 - Formative Favourites - DOUBLE SESSION

2:10 PM

2 Hours

This workshop will engage teachers in 10 examples of Formative Assessment opportunities that can be used to elicit student’s prior knowledge and misconceptions related to Primary Science. Each example is aligned to content from the Australian Curriculum: Science, with at least one example from each year level, R-7. Participants will be provided with digital copies of all resources presented during the workshop.

Presenter: Anthea Ponte

Organisation: Department for Education

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

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408 - SHE: The Task and Writing Questions - DOUBLE SESSION

2:10 PM

2 Hours

This workshop will look at the SHE links and break them down in a way that might be easier for the students in your class to understand; we will then look at the task itself and the ways that it can be structured for students. We will finish with a look at exam/test SHE questions - how to write them from articles and how to instruct students on how to answer them and some strategies for teaching this.

Presenter: Jason Greenslade

Organisation: Westminster School

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

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501 - Integrated Sustainable STEAM Units

3:15 PM

1 Hour

Participants will explore how to create STEAM units which focus on sustainability, plant health, the natural environment and integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. We will also look at how to assess these units in a practical way, with examples, and how to support staff involvement across multiple subject areas to create authentic learning experiences.

Presenter: Kathleen Best

Organisation: Clarendon Primary School

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

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502 - Designing a solution to save the planet

3:15 PM

1 Hour

"Experience how STEM subjects can be taught together to provide students with real-life applications and context for learning. In this session, you will learn how to structure design challenges to meet the curriculum, engage students and provide meaningful motivation for learning. Design challenges should be designed to solve a real problem, that students are concerned about, and which a solution can make an impact on society. Free resources, hands-on activities and ideas to take back to your classroom will all be part of this workshop."

Presenter: Jennifer Chalmers

Organisation: RiAus

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

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503 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures : Science

3:15 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 the awareness and recognition of Aboriginal knowledge and ways of knowing. South Australia Department for Education is contextualising the elaborations for South Australia in collaboration and consultation 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: Joe Sambono & Katrina Elliott

Organisation: ACARA Curriculum Specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures and science & Department for Education

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

Name Time Duration
504 - The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching for interdisciplinary STEM

3:15 PM

1 Hour

One problem for teachers facilitating interdisciplinary STEM projects is how to lift student rigour and sophistication in each subject as well as the interdisciplinary whole. This problem is compounded by differences in terminology within STEM subjects, which make it appear to students like they are being required to do very different forms of thinking and makes it hard for them to make connections between subjects. This seminar will introduce the Models of Engaged learning and Teaching, or MELT for short, to capture the sophisticated thinking within each subject in terminology used by that subject, and to show the connections between subjects. Participants will make their own modifications to MELT to capture the different ways of, for example, commencing project work in each subject. MELT then can be used to maintain the differences between subjects but amplify the connections between the sophisticated thinking in STEM, and lift student rigour in approach towards projects.

Presenter: John Willison

Organisation: University of Adelaide

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

Name Time Duration
505 - Strategies for improving students Scientific Literacy

3:15 PM

1 Hour

In this workshop I will share the results of my year long research study into improving my students’ scientific literacy. This study was completed as part of my Masters of Education – STEM course. In this workshop we will discuss; 1) Why scientific literacy is so important to enable students to understand, synthesise and communicate science conceptual understandings. 2) How using English curriculum strategies for reading, viewing and writing practices can show improvement in students’ scientific literacy. 3) How writing models; such as Claim, Evidence, Reasoning can help support students to write better quality scientific summaries 4) How the data collection and analyses from the study confirmed the positive impact the Reciprocal Reading program had on improving my student’s scientific literacy results.

Presenter: Jenny Woodcock

Organisation: Dept for Education

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

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