Wow. Hasn't the first half of 2016 just flown by?! Term 3 is shaping up to be super busy for us here at SASTA, along with all of you who have students entered in the Oliphant Science Awards and / or Stage 2 students.

Here at Oliphant Central, we've taken delivery of the off-site projects and are madly working to ship them off to the good souls who have volunteered their time to be an off-site judge in 2016.

We've been madly getting the
2016 Stage 2 Trial Exams together also - they are now available for purchase online (see details further down). Exam prep seminars for Stage 2 students are also available for booking online - teachers who accompany their class can attend for free, just like last year!

Add to all of the above, we have the New Stage 1 workshops, two PD sessions, the Early Career Teachers Conference, and the STEM Middle School conference later in the year. Crikey! I'd better get my skates on for there is much to do...

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
It's peak Oliphant Science Awards time and here are some very important Key Dates to keep in mind for this month:

Saturday 13th August - Computer Programming and Robotics Judging Day (strictly by appointment)
Entrants need to call on 8354 0006 to make their appointment by Tuesday 9th August.

Friday 26th August - Delivery of Crystal Investigations, Models and Inventions, Photography and Posters to the Open Day venue (Festival Functions, Findon) - take me there!

Saturday 27th August - Crystal Investigations, Models and Inventions, Photography and Posters Judging Day at Festival Functions, Findon - take me there!

Sunday 28th August from 12noon to 4pm - Open Day at Festival Functions, Findon - take me there!

Monday 29th August - Collection of all entries at Festival Functions, Findon - take me there!

For more information about South Australia's largest student science competition,
simply click on the image above.


Term 3 Professional Development


Click your preferred subject circle above to find out how SASTA can help you learn more about the new curricula!

*NB. The original dates for the Biology and Chemistry sessions are booked out. Check out the webpage to see the new dates!


Stage 2 Exam Prep Seminars

Venue: University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: from 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Price: $15 per student (teachers accompanying their class will attend for free)

Biology - Saturday 3rd September 2016

Chemistry - Saturday 17th September 2016

Physics - Saturday 10th September 2016

Psychology - Saturday 10th September 2016

Encourage your students to book now to avoid disappointment!

Click here for more information and to book!


Click either of the images above for more information and to book.

Early Careers Teachers Conference 2016

Date: Friday 14th October 2016
Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Immanuel College, Novar Gardens

Are you new to teaching Science or in the first 5 years of your career?

If so, then this conference is a great opportunity for you to be involved in interactive and fun learning activities as well as gather resources that will enrich and inform your science teaching.

The program includes specialised workshops for both Primary and Secondary teachers.

This hands-on, interactive, professional learning day will cater specifically for each level of schooling.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided and there will also be a chance to network with other teachers and the presenters at the HAPPY HOUR!!!

CLICK HERE to read more and to register now!

2016 Study Guides are still available (except Nutrition, which has sold out!)
For schools wanting to place a bulk Study Guide order, simply fax your purchase order
(including freight) to 08) 8354 0008.
Please note, purchase orders emailed to will also be accepted.

2016 SACE Stage 2 Trial Exams are now available.
Priced at $110 (incl. GST) each, purchase your digital copies now!

online to purchase your copy now!



In 2016, National Science Week will be held from 13th to 21st August and the school theme this year is


For more information, head to the website: NScWk2016

Chemical Education Group – Mid-Year Teacher Workshop
Monday 15th August, 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Level 2 laboratories, Reid Building, University of South Australia, Frome Roa
d, Adelaide.
The group is conducting another mid-year workshop for teachers of senior secondary Chemistry. The theme this year is
“What’s New for Stage 1 Chemistry in 2017”.
The activities are designed to provide ideas for engaging demonstrations and practical investigations in Stage 1 Chemistry.
More information will be available on the Chemical Education group webpage
South Australian Space School 2016
Applications are now open for the 20th annual South Australian Space School for Year 10 students. Applications close on Friday September 2.

This year's resident astronaut is Luca Parmitano. Luca spent 166 days, conducting 20 experiments and taking part in 2 spacewalks on the International Space Station in 2013.

A direct link to the application form can be found at:
Weaving, Human Nutrition and Plant Propagation
As part of National Science Week 2016, you have the opportunity to attend a workshop on the science behind Aboriginal uses of food and fibre plants. Sessions are suited to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and aim to raise awareness of Aboriginal cultures and traditional ecological knowledge.
Friday 19th August OR Saturday 20th August 2016, meeting at Raukkan Community Centre, Raukkan

Free admission, but bookings are essential. Contact Carolyn Schultz for more information and to book.

Read more here

Science 50:50 program is an initiative of University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Flinders University is leading this program in SA;  running a New Innovators Competition offering university scholarships to the 5 young women (5 x $4000) in the states of NSW / SA who share the most innovative ideas for solving real-world problems. Girls enrolled in Year 12 at an Australian high school can submit via video, poster, essay, website or even a photo with a description. We offer the flight costs to and from Sydney for the SA winning students to attend the award ceremony held at Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.  

The Science 50:50 launch will be held on August 19 at 2pm, Tonsley campus followed by an hour of networking.   The competition will commence by the end of July and open until October 10.

Please contact for more details.


SASTA Dates 2016

Computer Programming and Robotics Judging Day (strictly by appointment) - Oliphant Science Awards
Saturday 13th August 2016

Introduction to New SACE Stage 1 Physics at SACE Board, Wayville
Thursday 18th August 2016

Year 7 Science Series: Physical Science at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 19th August 2016

Delivery of all outstanding projects to Festival Functions at Findon - Oliphant Science Awards
Friday 26th August 2016

Onsite Project Judging Day at Festival Functions, Findon -
Oliphant Science Awards
Saturday 27th August 2016

Open Day at Festival Functions, Findon (general public welcome!) -
Oliphant Science Awards
Sunday 28th August 2016

Project Collection Day from Festival Functions, Findon -
Oliphant Science Awards
Monday 29th August 2016

Introduction to the New SACE Stage 1 Chemistry Curriculum at SACE Board, Wayville

Thursday 1st September 2016

The New Stage 1 Biology Course: Opportunities for Teaching and Learning at SACE Board, Wayville
Wednesday 7th September 2016

Investigating Earth and Space Sciences: Years 8 to 10 at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 9th September 2016

Presentation Ceremony at Brighton Secondary School (invitation only) -
Oliphant Science Awards
Friday 23rd September 2016

Early Career Teachers Conference at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens
Friday 14th October 2016 -
registrations are now open!

STEM Middle School Conference 2016 (venue TBC)
Friday 25th November 2016 - call for presenters will open soon!
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