Inhale, exhale then repeat. Do you ever get so busy you forget to do the simple stuff? Well, welcome to the SASTA world of late! And even though the school holidays are but a month away, in no way, shape or form do we have the time to slow down...! With the main part of the Oliphant Science Awards over, and just (ha!) the Presentation Ceremony to go, we have still the SACE Stage 2 Exam Prep Seminars starting on 3rd September, Investigating Earth and Space Science for Years 8 to 10, Willie Wonders Why for Primary teachers, all before the end of the term... Oh, and did I mention the new Stage 1 workbooks, the Early Career Teachers Conference and the STEM Yr 6 - 11 Conference and Expo?!? Breathe. Just breathe.

"Scientists are explorers."
Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)


Term 3 Professional Development


The second workshop on the New SACE Stage 1 Biology is booked out.

Keep an eye on our website for a third date!

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 -
bookings have closed.

Physics - Saturday 10th September 2016

Psychology - Saturday 10th September 2016

Chemistry - Saturday 17th September 2016

Encourage your students to book now to avoid disappointment!

Click here for more information and to book!

Date: Monday 26th September 2016
Venue: The Braggs, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Price: $100 for non-members, $75 for personal members

SASTA in collaboration with the University of Adelaide is offering an exciting STEM professional development event for primary school teachers.

Click here for more information and to book!

Term 4 Professional Development

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!

Date: Friday 25th November 2016
Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Venue: Playford International College, Elizabeth

Currently seeking presenters for the second annual STEM Conference.

CLICK HERE to submit an abstract now!

2016 Study Guides for Chemistry, Biology and Physics are still available!
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!
Stage 1 Workbooks will be available for Biology, Chemistry and Physics for 2017.

These workbooks are being written specifically to the new Curricula for these three subjects and will be available in early 2017.

For schools wanting to place a bulk workbook order, simply fax (08 8354 0008) or email ( your purchase order to SASTA.

Oliphant Science Awards 2016 Open Day

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open Day on Sunday 28th August 2016. We hope you had a wonderful time!

Of course, big thanks also must go to all of the students who participated either again, or for the first time, and congratulations to all the winners!

Invitations to the Presentation Ceremony will be sent out to prize winners via the coordinators in the coming week. We look forward to celebrating your students' achievements with you!

For more information about South Australia's largest student science competition,
head to 


Australian Institute of Physics - Frame Your Physics Competition

The AIP's Frame Your Physics competition is open to students across Australia.

Are you involved in a cool research project? Or maybe you are always looking for interesting questions: Why is the sky blue? How do stars form? How do lasers work? Can you explain them to your friends? Then explain it to everyone!

Make a video of up to 3 minutes presenting any topic in physics in an entertaining and informative way and you could win awesome prizes for you and your school!

Entries are now open and must be submitted before October 31! So get filming, be creative and have some fun with it! You could score some amazing prizes for yourself and your school!

Teaching about Climate Change
A series of 5 workshops and an associated field trip, designed for teachers interested in teaching about climate change, will be presented at Marden Senior College on 1st and 2nd December.  Presenters will include Ian Tooley (the Climate Reality Project), Tony Hooker (EPA), Greg McNamara (TESEP), John Mignone (DSD, Len Altman and Kelly Sharrad (Geoscience Pathways Project).
These workshops will be of interest to all science teachers 8-12, but particularly those interested in teaching the new SACE Earth and Environmental Science (EES) course to be implemented from 2017.
For details and registration instructions visit the front page of the Geoscience Pathways website.

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 competition will commence by the end of July and open until October 10.

Please contact for more details.


SASTA Dates 2016

Introduction to the New SACE Stage 1 Chemistry Curriculum at SACE Board, Wayville
Thursday 1st September 2016

SACE Stage 2
Biology Exam Prep Seminar at University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Saturday 3rd 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

SACE Stage 2
Physics Exam Prep Seminar at University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Saturday 10th September 2016

SACE Stage 2
Psychology Exam Prep Seminar at University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Saturday 10th September 2016

SACE Stage 2
Chemistry Exam Prep Seminar at University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Saturday 17th September 2016

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

Willie Wonders Why: Teaching the Science of Light in the Primary School Classroom
at University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Monday 26th September 2016

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

STEM Yr 6 - 11 Conference and Expo 2016, Playford International College, Elizabeth
Friday 25th November 2016 -
call for presenters now open!
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