APRIL 2016


Wow. February, March and most of Term 1 has come and gone - where on Earth did it go?!

We hope you all had a fabulous Easter break and are ready to finish the Term in fine form!

April at SASTA is all about the Annual Conference and Expo - where over two days, delegates will have the chance to attend some scintillating excursions, keynote presentations, seminars and workshops. The conference will open on Monday 18th April with the presentation of the SASTA Medal, and the first day will wind up with the Conference Dinner at The Junction, Morphettville. The SASTA AGM will take place first thing on Tuesday 19th April; this will be followed by a full day of workshops and we'll round out the day with a well-earned happy hour! Have you registered yet? Registrations close on 13th April. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Happy reading!


April Professional Development

Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Time: from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Price includes: workshop attendance, morning tea and lunch

Year 7 Science Series: Chemical Sciences - Monday 4th April
(Bookings closed 31st March - call 8354 0006 before 5pm TODAY (1st April)
if you still wish to attend this event)

This workshop will support teachers to further develop their current understanding of the Science Understanding Strand: Chemical Sciences.

The workshop aims to build teacher knowledge and conceptual understandings while participants are actively engaged in science investigations using the Science Inquiry Skills. The workshop will use an inquiry approach to the learning of science, providing teachers with the confidence and resources to implement the requirements of the Australian Curriculum in their classrooms.

Structure of Workshops
• Big Science Ideas – mapping of the concepts explored in the sub strand, what is your part in the story?
• Building Understanding – hands-on investigations that allow participants to explore the concepts and build understanding using explicit and modelled pedagogy.
• Resource Development – opportunity to explore a range of quality resources.

Who should attend: Year 6/7 teachers or specialist science teachers
Venue: Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton
The program will include 2 Keynote presentations, 8 Cutting Edge presentations and 48 workshops, seminars & excursions for primary, middle, senior secondary teachers, laboratory officers and university lecturers.

A conference dinner will be held on the Monday evening and SASTA's AGM will be held during the conference on Tuesday. 

All registered participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

BOOKINGS CLOSE on Wednesday 13th April

Click the image below to have a look at the Conference program flip book!

Click here to register for the SASTA Annual Conference and Expo 2016
For anyone wanting to order the 2016 Study Guides,
they will be available early Term 2.

For schools wanting to place a bulk order, fax your purchase order
(including freight) to 08) 8354 0008 as soon as possible.
Please note, email purchase orders to will also be accepted.
The bulk orders will be processed on a "first in, first served" basis!
Yes, the 2016 Oliphant Science Awards are fast approaching.

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

Judges' Registrations are now open via the website - click below to register!

I'd love to participate as a judge in 2016!


This year, NScWk will run from 13th August to 21st August. The School Theme will be Drones, Droids and Robots.

In 2016 we are embracing the ‘Technology' in STEM, in particular autonomous technology, with the National Science Week school theme ‘Drones, droids and robots’. The theme will centre on the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine and space and deep ocean exploration. Of course, we will also look at how this technology has transformed our day-to-day lives - from robot vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers to automated pool cleaners.

How do SCHOOLS get involved?
Apply for a school grant. Schools can apply for up to $500 to help them conduct a National Science Week activity/event.  Applications open on 29 February 2016 and
close on 22 April 2016. For more details go to the Australian Science Teachers website for the National Science Week 2016 information.

You can also contact the SA Schools Rep. for National Science Week, Priscilla Martinus, by email to Please be sure to put "National Science Week" in the subject line.
Palaeo Down Under 2 - 11th to 15th July 2016 in Adelaide

Calling all Palaeontologists!

The Association of Australasian Palaeontologists (AAP) is proud to present Palaeo Down Under 2 in Adelaide in July 2016! Registrations are now open - click here for more information
New Physics 11 Textbook - We need your help!
The authors of 'Senior Physics' (Moyle etc) have given us permission to create a new FREE, EDITABLE PowerPoint / PDF textbook based on their textbook.

We need editors to 'crowd-source' create a new textbook, following the updated SA Physics 11 curriculum, that we can share with all teachers for FREE! Unlike other textbooks, teachers will easily be able to EDIT it, because it is a PowerPoint / PDF textbook.

Please contact me at to be part of this exciting project.
Michael Borgas
Teachers of Australian Curriculum Science at Years 7, 8 and 9

Three fully funded, ASTA accredited TESEP workshops and an associated field investigation are offered in Mount Gambier during the second week of the April school holidays:

These workshops will provide an excellent networking opportunity and valuable resources and background to teach about:
            ·  ‘Water’ for year 7’s
            ·  ‘Rocks and Minerals’ for year 8’s
            ·  ‘Plate Tectonics’ for year 9’s
All meals and accommodation will be provided. Reimbursement for mileage (or other transport costs) to a maximum of $100 per participant is available.
For detailed information and registration instructions:
Mt Gambier - TESEP Workshops - 27th, 28th & 29th April 2016
ASTA Council News
Click here to download the March 2016 edition of the ASTA Council News (259KB .PDF file)

Worth the read - news features include Japan Teacher Exchange and more info about ASTA member numbers.

Expressions of Interest are invited to participate in a student science forum
within the
NCCARF/CSIRO Climate Adaptation Conference, Adapt 2016.

Inspiring SA has negotiated a special forum for secondary school students on the morning of Monday 4th July in Adelaide. The aim is to connect students with climate adaptation scientists and researchers to inspire interest, deepen understanding, and empower students to share their experiences, learnings and ideas with their home and school communities. Lunch provided.

Please email Dr Sheryn Pitman at by Friday 29th April for further information and to express interest. Include your name, school and contact details, potential year levels and numbers.


SASTA Conference and Event Dates 2016

Year 7 Science Series: Chemical Sciences at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 4th April 2016

SASTA Annual Conference & Expo at Brighton Secondary School
"Raising Standards of Teaching and Learning"
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th April 2016
click here
to register by 13th April 2016
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