SASTA

2018 STEM (6-11) Conference

Date: 30 November 2018
Venue: Brighton Secondary School

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Keynote Speakers

Te Kura KĊhatu – IODP School of Rock 2018

Fiona Rabone, Murray Bridge High School

Attending the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) School of Rock professional development workshop with 20 educators from around the globe was an amazing and inspiring experience. The specific focus for 2018 was Pacific Rim geology and the science on research vessel the JOIDES Resolution. Field trips and lab-based activities allowed us to explore the geological history of the Auckland region including volcanism and a wide range of sedimentary environments. Over 150 formal and informal science educators have participated in the School of Rock since 2005. What is it all about?

Do you know about ANZIC or the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)?  For that matter, do students in my classes even need to be aware that an international, multidisciplinary, scientific ocean drilling collaboration exists?  After all, ‘Exploring the Earth under the Sea' does not directly affect individuals, or does it?

I will share experiences, insights, ideas and potential opportunities gained from participating in the School of Rock 2018 that can bring the curriculum alive in my – and your - classrooms for students. At the very least, the IODP provides an interesting real-life context that can enable students to strengthen their understanding of how science really works. Excitingly, and best of all, they may inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Laying Waste to Pollution

Dr Justin M. Chalker, Flinders University

This presentation will feature the research of Dr Justin Chalker and his team at Flinders University and their efforts to convert waste into new materials that capture pollution. They have developed an inexpensive polymer made from waste cooking oil and sulfur that can trap mercury pollution and oil spills. This research has led to collaborations across six continents. Case studies in field trials, including those in Australia, will be discussed. This research was supported by undergraduate students and even led to several collaborations and inquiry-driven science projects at high schools across the world. Both the research and science outreach and engagement with high school teachers and students will be presented.

Hosted by the South Australian Science Teachers Association and The Mathematical Association of South Australia.

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