News | 3/19/2020

Extraordinary Times

 

What an extraordinary time to be living through. Hope you are all safe and well. 

 

The STANSW Team have moved to a new way of working this week.  Having invested in flexible working technologies over the past year we seamlessly moved to working from home as of the beginning of this week. 

 

We recognise that many of you are navigating the implications of the spread of COVID-19, what this means in the classrooms now and planning for digital classrooms in the future.  Teachers are at the frontline and we applaud you for your professionalism and dedication.    

 

As we navigate these unprecedented times, we will continue our focus on the delivery of professional learning opportunities for 2020 and are excited to be expanding our digital capabilities to enable safe and remote learning for science teachers across NSW. 

 

Obviously the spread of COVID-19 has meant that we've needed to alter a few of our plans. Some of our conferences postponed till later in the year, notably BEEINS and others we will deliver through online webinars.    


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CONASTA2020 and COVID-19 | 3/17/2020

UPDATE: CONASTA 69 and COVID-19

 
Update on CONASTA 69 and COVID-19
 
Ensuring the health and safety of our delegates, staff and the general public is our number one priority. The CONASTA 69 conference organising committee is aware of the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several days. Due to the World Health Organisation declaration of pandemic status for COVID-19 and advice we have received from our conference partners, the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Board of Directors voted unanimously that CONASTA 69 in Canberra (July 5 – 8, 2020) will no longer go ahead. ASTA staff and the conference organising committee are exploring options for a possible virtual event and will provide an update once a final decision has been made.

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LLSGS video | 11/28/2019

Greater Sydney Local Land Services


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Teaching Moments | 3/22/2020

Teaching Moments - Facilitating a Collaborative Approach

 

As a community of science educators, we are committed to supporting you through this current time of uncertainty. As many teachers are asked to prepare for online learning, we are here for you as you rapidly develop new skills to support your students. Rather than using this post to give you a list of links, we would like to facilitate a collaborative approach- we are at our best when we work together. So, please head over to our Padlet page (just one of many tools for online collaboration!) and contribute your favourite resources or upvote ones that you have tried and found useful.  

https://padlet.com/STANSW/OnlineTools


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2020 CFP | 1/6/2020

Call for Workshop Presenters



This is an opportunity to share your expertise and experience while building evidence for NESA Standards requirements.


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News | 3/12/2020

National Science Week 2020

 

 

National Science Week 2020 - ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’

School grants available 

Grants of up to $500 are available to help support National Science Week activities in schools. Applications are open until 3 April via our Federated body the Australian Science Teachers Association. The grant round is open to all schools (pre-schools to senior secondary) to help them conduct a STEM related activity in Science Week.

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SEN writers | 10/28/2019

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CU | 11/27/2018

Contact Us

phone: +612 9763 2751

fax: +612 9763 2739

email:  office@stansw.asn.au

postal: PO Box 699 Lidcombe, NSW 1825


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News | 4/1/2020

Member Platform

 

As you may have read in our recent correspondence we are upgrading our IT Platform, this includes everything related to membership. We are are very excited about this transition, which we hope to launch within the next fortnight. As of April 1 you will no longer be able to access your old member account. We will be emailing access details to the new member portal shortly.  During this tranistion period if you have any membership questions or need to change either individual or school membership details please email office@stansw.asn.au or phone 0455 046 712.    


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Teaching Moments | 3/12/2020

COVID-19

 

In a recent interview on ABC radio, Professor Brian P. Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, emphasised that rational thinking was key to combatting the alarm and racial discrimination that is emerging in the midst of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. In response to this call, we believe that science teachers should encourage an informed and rational approach to the topic in science classrooms. Science teachers should be aware of reliable and up-to-date resources about the virus. As “fake news” stories arise, we should not only counter with factual sources but also give students the tools to discern reliable sources for themselves. The Department of Health is providing up-to-date information and health warnings for Australians.


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News | 3/12/2020

COVID-19 - ADVICE FOR YEAR 11 AND 12 STUDENTS

 

NESA has provided advice about school work and assessment for Year 11 and 12 students in relation to the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).  Read here for further information. 


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Teaching Moments | 2/5/2020

Teaching Moments

The bush fires in Australia this summer have provoked a lot of discussion about the effects of climate change. STANSW is conscious of the trauma that some school communities have experienced this summer. Beyond Blue has produced a resource pack for educators https://beyou.edu.au/bushfires-response which includes information on post-traumatic stress and resilience for school communities.

As science educators, the topic of bushfires and climate change needs to be discussed in a way that is both sensitive to the context of the school and encourages scientific thinking.


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