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FEBRUARY 2017
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Welcome to 2017!
 
We hope you all had a great holiday and that you're as well rested as you can be to kick off 2017 in style! And because Term 1 is now well and truly upon us, it's a great time to start ticking off your 2017 professional development! We have much to offer this Term alone; the first cab off the rank being the all new Laboratory Induction Workshop on Monday 13th February. This is one that shouldn't be missed for anyone who needs a bit of assistance in the school lab!

We have resources coming out of our ears also - anyone who has ordered their brand new Australian Curriculum Stage 1 Workbooks should by now have received them. If you haven't ordered them yet, there's no need to panic! We have a couple left in stock, so send us your order ASAP! Also, we are proud to announce the release of the brand new Year 8 Practical Investigations Manual! Class sets available.

Other than that, membership is now past due, nominations for the SASTA Awards are now open, and 2017 Study Guide pre-orders are now being accepted!

May Term 1 be a fabulous starting point for your year ahead - something tells me that 2017 is simply going to fly by!

 
PS: Only 25 school days until the next long weekend... not including today, of course!
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SASTA Membership 2017

Your SASTA 2017 Membership is now due for renewal. You can renew online in just a few simple steps - simply log in and once in the members' area, click on "Manage membership", which you'll find in the square on the left hand side of your dashboard (see below for an example).

Not a member yet? You can join at any time. Click here to join now!
 

2017 SASTA Awards

There are many great teachers out there that SASTA would like to acknowledge, but often they don't get nominated due to teaching being a very busy profession and people not having the time to fill in nomination forms.

Start thinking now! Alert your Principal. There are a number of Awards for SASTA members.

AVAILABLE AWARDS
~ The SASTA Medal - awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to SASTA and who has been active in science education.
~ The Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Teacher Award for Junior Primary, Primary, Middle Years and Senior Years teachers - in recognition of teachers' contributions to the education of students in science.
~ The Helen Castle Memorial Scholarship
- designed to assist country science teachers to attend the SASTA Annual Conference and gain professional development to assist themselves and other country teachers to maintain a high standard of science teaching in country areas (2 scholarships of $500 each are available).

 

SASTA EVENTS

Laboratory Induction Workshop


Date: Monday 13th February 2017
Venue: Cabra Dominican College, Cumberland Park
Time: from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Price: $215 for non-members, $175 for corporate members or $135 for personal members
 
This workshop is designed to address the needs of teachers who are new to teaching in a science laboratory. Instruction will include; safety guidelines, including how to complete risk assessment, equipment use and behaviour management. Teachers will be guided through typical laboratory lesson scenarios and have the opportunity to plan and complete a practical investigation.

The workshop will be held in a school laboratory setting and led by both an expert teacher and lab technician.


Who should attend: Secondary / Middle school teachers

 
Registrations CLOSE on 8th February 2017
Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!

Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Workshops

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm (Registration opens at 8.30am)

BIOLOGY (Stage 2)
When: Monday 20th February 2017


CHEMISTRY (Stage 2)
When: Monday 20th February 2017


PHYSICS (Stage 2)
When: Friday 24th February 2017


PSYCHOLOGY (Stage 1 & 2)
When: Friday 24th February 2017


NUTRITION (Stage 1 & 2)
When: Friday 3rd March 2017


Click here for more information and to book
Investigations in Primary Science - STEM Focus
 
Date: Friday 3rd March 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Thebarton Community Centre,
Corner South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville

 

Children need opportunities to develop practical and inquiry skills in order to engage with the world in a scientific way and to make sense of what they are learning.

This workshop will look at science investigations in action with a focus on integrating STEM skills and dispositions. Teachers will be led through the elements of a scientific investigation, develop an understanding of how to use an investigation planner and have access to a range of ready to use resources.

The workshop will provide teachers with explicit curriculum materials, investigations and contemporary pedagogical strategies to enable them to successfully incorporate the Science Inquiry Skills into their lessons.

Who should attend: Primary Years teachers

Registrations CLOSE on 28th February 2017
Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!
Science in the Early Years
 
Date: Thursday 16th March 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
 

Science is a broad and exciting subject especially for young children, who are naturally curious and have questioning minds. In this workshop teachers will explore the importance of preparing the classroom environment for science exploration, focusing children’s observations, and providing time to talk about what was done and seen.

Teachers will be involved in simple investigations that will allow children to question, explore, investigate, make meaning, and construct explanations and organize knowledge by manipulating materials.

Who should attend: Primary Years teachers

Registrations CLOSE on 13th March 2017
Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!
STEM in the Middle Years - practical investigations that develop STEM skills and dispositions
 
Date: Monday 3rd April 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
 

This workshop explores curriculum resources that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and are designed to support teachers in implementing learning experiences that are linked to the Australian Curriculum – Science.

Participants will engage in hands-on inquiry based activities that will inform their understanding of investigation types and how to employ them in their teaching program.  

The workshop will provide teachers with links to explicit curriculum materials, investigations and contemporary pedagogical strategies that will enable them to successfully plan and deliver integrated science investigations with a STEM focus.

Who should attend: Secondary / Middles Years teachers

Registrations CLOSE on 29th March 2017
Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!

SASTA Annual Conference and Expo 2017

Conference Theme: Human Endeavours
 
Date: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2017
Venue: Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton
 
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PRESENTERS IS CLOSING SOON
 
SHARE your good ideas... submit a workshop proposal for the conference!

Presenting workshops for your colleagues is an excellent way to share best practice and develop a community of educators across the State.

TAKE PART in a broad program of professional learning workshops for primary and secondary teachers, including laboratory and computer workshops, hands-on activities, seminars and discussions.

GAIN valuable experience in leading learning that will enrich your own professional standards.

 
POSSIBLE WORKSHOP IDEAS:

~ Hands-on activities for primary, middle and senior school science teachers and laboratory officers;
~ Use of technologies in teaching and learning;
~ Integrated units of work in Science and Literacy etc;
~ Ways of motivating students to consider science in their future careers;
~ Improving students' confidence and experience in Science.

 
Share your good ideas... submit an abstract for the
SASTA Annual Conference here by 6th February 2017.
The new SASTA SACE Stage 1 Workbooks adapted for the Australian Curriculum are now available for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
 

SASTA's workbooks are a brand new resource written for the launch of the new SACE Stage 1 curriculum. They contain all new original questions for students. The SASTA resource covers all topics outlined in the new SACE curriculum in an easy to read format and are printed in colour and rich with illustrations and diagrams to enhance learning.

  • Fully illustrated;
  • Over 100 original questions in each book;
  • Over 250 problems with worked solutions;
  • Questions range from simple to challenging;
  • All questions are mapped to the new performance standards for Stage 1 & 2; and
  • Topic test for each chapter.
Order online now by clicking here.

For schools preferring to use a purchase order, simply fax your purchase order, including postage of $11 flat fee plus $1 per book ordered) to
08) 8354 0008 or email it directly to Rebecca at the following address: office@sasta.asn.au

Introducing SASTA's new Year 8 Practical Investigations Manual.
 

The SASTA Year 8 Practical Investigations Resource is a student workbook that has been specifically written to support the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Only $16.50 (Incl. GST) each
 
* minimum 20 books per order *

 
Want to know more? Click here!

Sample pages available to browse at the link above
We're taking orders for the 2017 Study Guides now!
Order now for delivery in late Term 1! 
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 office@sasta.asn.au will also be accepted.


Prices for 2017 Study Guides will be $28.00 each (including GST).

Orders will be processed in the order in which they are received, so don't delay!

 
  
A small number of 2016 Study Guides remain and are priced to clear. If you're looking for Physics or Biology, they're available on our website for just $15 each (plus postage if you are unable to pick your order up) until sold out. Be quick though, once they're gone, they're gone!
 

EVENTS AND NEWS IN THE SCIENCE COMMUNITY

National Science Week is 12-20 August 2017

School theme - FUTURE EARTH

‘Future Earth’, launched in 2015, is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science.

Future Earth’s 2025 vision addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability.

The School grants 2017 of up to $500 will be available this year.

Applications for school grants will open 27 February 2017 and close 24 April 2017.

There is more information on the ASTA website 
http://asta.edu.au/programs/natscienceweek

Enquiries about the schools grants can be sent to the
SA Schools Grant Representative, Priscilla Martinus at
fullerst@adam.com.au

FREE, EDITABLE Physics 11 PPT Textbooks 

for the new SA Curriculum

2017 PPT books available NOW to download for FREE

Based on ‘Senior Physics’, the updated ‘books’ include links to Youtube clips, simulations, Kahoot quizzes, question sets, solutions and editable student workbooks.

Dropbox link     OR     https://goo.gl/1BF4oG     OR        Googledrive link

From Michael Borgas mborgas@gmail.com and
Celina Bolding
 celina.bolding@unisa.edu.au

On behalf of the crowd-sourced Physics Textbook team


 
Coordinator Registrations are now open for 2017! If you have been a coordinator in the past (even as "long ago" as last year) you will need to re-register as a coordinator. Click here to register as a coordinator for 2017.

Any new or new-ish coordinators are encouraged to attend the New Coordinator Information Session which will be held on Monday 20th March at the Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh from 4.15pm. Click here to book into the coordinator info session.

Each year, we are lucky to have the assistance of many volunteer judges who adjudicate on the more than 2,000 projects entered into this competition. If you'd like to help out, good news! Judging registrations are also now open!
Click here to volunteer some of your time as a judge.
 

Click here to download the Key Dates for the 2017 Oliphant Science Awards.

SASTA EVENT CALENDAR

Laboratory Induction Workshop 2017 at Cabra College, Cumberland Pk
Monday 13th February 2017 - 
register now!


Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Biology at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 20th February 2017 - 
register now!


Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Chemistry at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 20th February 2017 - 
register now!


Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Physics at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 24th February 2017 - 
register now!


Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Psychology at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 24th February 2017 - 
register now!


Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Nutrition at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 3rd March 2017 - 
register now!

Investigations in Primary Science - STEM Focus at
Thebarton Community Centre, Torrensville

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 
register now!

Science in the Early Years at EDC, Hindmarsh
Thursday 16th March 2017 - 
register now!

STEM in the Middle Years at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 3rd April 2017 - 
register now!



SASTA Annual Conference and Expo 2017 at
Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2017 -

deadline for abstract submission extended to 6/2/17!
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