SASTA

For Primary Years

SASTA Professional Learning For Primary Years

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Cancellation policy: 

Notice of cancellation received more than 48 hours before the event will incur a standard $50 administration processing fee, any registration fees received in addition to this amount will be refunded. For cancellation notice received less than 48 hours before the event, registration fees unfortunately cannot be refunded. 

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2019 STEM in the Early Years (Engineering Focus)

Date: Friday 10th May 2019

Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Bookings close: 07/05/2019

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$145.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$145.00
Corporate Member (SA School) (1 Day)n/a$185.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 Day)n/a$50.00

Who should attend? Teachers of early years (R-2)

The workshop will focus on building capacity around planning and delivering STEM focussed learning experiences for Early Years (R-2) classrooms.  Science will be the context of the learning and the Engineering Design Process will be the mechanism.  Educators will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of science concepts through hands-on exploration.  They will also employ elements of the engineering design process to apply this learning to a real-world context.

Goals of the workshop:

  • To develop a common understanding of STEM education.
  • To develop conceptual understanding in science through a hands-on inquiry based approach to learning.
  • To understand the elements of, and use, the Engineering Design Process.
  • To build confidence and capacity in planning and delivering a program that uses a STEM approach to learning.

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2019 Designing and Implementing STEM Challenges (Primary)

Date: Monday 3rd June 2019

Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Bookings close: 29/05/2019

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$145.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$145.00
Corporate Member (SA School) (1 Day)n/a$185.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 Day)n/a$50.00

Who should attend? Teachers of primary years, up to year 6.

(Years 7 to 10 will be covered in a similar event on 14 June)

What does STEM look like in the classroom?

The goal of the workshop is to provide teachers with a simple, practical process for designing and implementing meaningful STEM challenges in the classroom. Teachers will be guided through exemplar lessons that incorporate engineering practices and design processes. They will gain an understanding of how to design lessons and tasks that allow students to apply or demonstrate their knowledge in some meaningful and relevant fashion.

This structured approach will provide teachers with a clear process and a wealth of resources for designing an effective STEM teaching and learning program.

(Although this is a stand-alone presentation, this workshop would provide an excellent follow-up for those that attended the ‘Putting the E in STEM’ workshops in Term 1.)

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2019 Innovating Through Science Workshop (Primary)

Date: Friday 21st June 2019

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Venue: Underdale High School, 19 Garden Terrace, Underdale

Bookings close: 17/06/2019

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$145.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$145.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 Day)n/a$185.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 Day)n/a$50.00

Who Should Attend: Teachers of primary years, up to year 6

Presenters: Melanie O’Leary and Kate Dilger


How can we use Science to engage students to be innovators?

Through this workshop Science will be the springboard for driving student innovation. We will explore ways of providing students with the opportunity to wonder, find and define problems, engage in authentic experiences and seek creative solutions.

The goal of the workshop is to provide teachers with an understanding of innovation education and ways to support students to turn their ideas into action with a Science focus. Teachers will unpack practices in unleashing student’s ability to be innovators and engage in hands on experiences in understanding these concepts. The opportunity to design lessons and tasks, which allow students to transfer their knowledge and develop their capability skills, will be explored.

About Melanie O’Leary

Melanie is a Leading Learning Consultant for Catholic Education South Australia with a focus on STEM, Entrepreneurial Education and Mathematics. She has a passion and interest in trans-disciplinary learning, which foster student voice and agency.

Melanie has enjoyed being a primary and middle years classroom teacher for over 15 years and working in leadership guiding whole school pedagogical change with a strong focus on numeracy and inquiry learning.   

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