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Tuesday 12 October

Ashley Mulcahy, Taronga Zoo

Observing Animal Behaviour: how data is collected in the field (Module 1)

Observing Animal Behaviour is conducted as both a one hour workshop and a full day depth study on the grounds of Taronga.
Taronga Zoo Sydney is the perfect environment for students to plan, observe and record animal behaviour. Behavioural observations allow scientists to collect and record data which enables them to test hypothesis to ensure animal wellbeing and survival.

Students will learn about primary data collection through authentic scientific animal observations, guided by zoo scientists and experts, learning how to quantify qualitative data.

Ashley Mulcahy has been teaching high school science since 2008. He is a member of the STANSW council and passionate about environmental education running many local and community projects. He has presented at various STANSW and ASTA conferences during this time and hopes to encourage all students to engage with science and think critically about their world. In 2021 he moved to the role of Senior Education Officer at Taronga. and hopes to expand his outreach beyond the local community.

Marianne Lavidis, Engadine High School                     

Having fun with Investigating Science- experimental ideas, Strategies for Module 2

To extend the working scientifically skills of Science students, teachers will extend their repertoire of learning activities with a particular focus on Aboriginal science syllabus points. Examples modeling leaching toxins with universal indicator, use flame tests to determine if Aboriginal peoples traded mineral resources, test the strength of plant fibers. Participants will be invited to share their ideas and brainstorm strategies for Module 2 and the year 11 course in general. Bring your ideas for all aspects of teaching and assessment of the year 11 course.

The presenter, Marianne Lavidis, teaches Investigating Science at a comprehensive suburbian DoE school, Engadine HS. She is the DoE Sydney East Network leader. As part of the Facebook community she enjoys sharing her fun ideas with the teaching community.

Module 3 Scientific Models 

What is a Scientific Model? We will be examining the types of Models and how they may be used in Science to inform understanding

 

 

Dr Silvia Rudmann, Aurora College

How to teach INS Module 4 - ideas and resources

Investigating Science aims to teach the scientific process and its applications in research by applying working scientifically skills. Investigating Science complements the learning of science on the other major science branches. This presentation will target the teaching and learning of Module 4 - Theories and Laws. This module focuses on how models, theories and laws require data collection which become evidence to answer inquiry questions and testing hypotheses, in a few words how scientific theories and laws are developed, tested and accepted over time. Strategies to teach the content statements of the module will be discussed with opportunities for the participants to share their own expertise.

Dr Silvia Rudmann has been teaching for over 20 years. Firstly at University and later on in public high schools. Her passion for Science and gifted education lead her to complete her PhD in Biology and the GERRIC certificate in gifted education with the UNSW. She is currently working as a staff member and researcher of Aurora College (selective virtual school) teaching for the remote and rural education initiative. She is the author lead of the award winner textbook series Investigating Science in Focus and she has developed the new syllabus and textbook for the Biology Foundation Course for RMIT Melbourne.

Julie Mulholland & Bridget Murphy

ANSTO - Addressing working scientifically skills using real-world science (Multidisciplinary)

Teaching at a working science facility like ANSTO, we focus on the process of science, not just the facts that go with it. Teachers will hear from one of our scientists talking about how they use working scientifically skills as part of their job at ANSTO. We’ll then discuss our data set resources, developed specifically to engage students with real ANSTO scientific investigations and data. These resources guide students in deconstructing the investigation, processing and analysing the data and formulating the same conclusions as the scientists – all working scientifically skills.

Julie Mulholland is an Education Officer from Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). She is a highly experienced science educator, having over 30 years of experience teaching science, senior chemistry and senior physics in both TAFE and high schools, as well as 14 years as a Head Teacher Science. In 2013, she achieved a Minister’s award for excellence in teaching. Julie is instrumental in developing ANSTO’s data set resources for high school students.

 

 

Bridget Murphy has experience as a science researcher and science educator and is the Education Manager at the ANSTO Discovery Centre.

 

 

Wednesday 13 October

Karen Wallwork, Gorokan High School

This requires further investigation! Investigating Science Module 5 (Scientific Investigations)

Investigating Science aims to teach the scientific process and its applications in research by applying working scientifically skills. Investigating Science complements the learning of science on the other major science branches.

Module 5 of the HSC component of the course focuses on scientific investigations; developing an understanding that they do not always follow a formal protocol - it is a cycle of findings, refining of hypotheses and questioning and analysing the data collected.
Both by examining the work of other scientists as well as undertaking primary investigations, skills are developed in the scientific method, working both individually and with peers to refine investigative design and correctly format the generated report.
Strategies to teach the content statements of the module will be discussed with opportunities for the participants to share their own expertise.

Mrs Karen Wallwork has been a secondary school teacher for 16 years, moving into education after a career in microbiology. She is currently working at Gorokan High School, located on the Central Coast. She is an experienced Stage 6 teacher who has developed and delivered the IS course at Gorokan High School since the syllabus was released. She has created innovative and effective strategies to teach the course which engage and motivate her students. She has marked HSC exams for IS since its inception and is involved with the IS exam writing team for LMC. She is currently the IS DoE facilitator for the Hunter region. She is a conscientious advocate for the teaching of the IS course.

Dr Aidan Johnson, John Therry Catholic College

The interplay of Science and Technology: A case study on DNA (Module 6)

"Module 6 of the Investigating Science course looks at how the scientific understanding of the physical, chemical and biological world enhances technological developments, while at the same time new technologies deepen the knowledge and understanding of concepts and principles that rule phenomena. The interdependence between science and technology helps us develop tools to improve the wellbeing of humans and creates a more sustainable future.
As part of an AMGEN fellowship program, Aidan Johnson has worked with LabXchange to explore the journey from the discovery of DNA to the development of CRISPR technology. This journey exemplifies this interplay between technology and science."

Dr Aidan Johnson is the Science Coordinator and Numeracy Instructional Coach at John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow. With a background in scientific research in the field of Forensic Entomology, Aidan enjoys the new focus on scientific method that Investigating Science and Science extension offers and is embracing the opportunities that depth studies offer to bring real science into the classroom.

Dr Sham Nair, NSW Department of Education

The third pillar: teaching the complex relationship between between science and society in the Investigating Science course Module 7/8

Dr Sham Nair is the Science Advisor, 7-12, at the NSW Department of Education. He taught in several high schools before assuming his current role at the department. Dr Nair’s career spans academia, scientific research and school teaching. Trained as a molecular biologist, his research interests focussed on immunology and genomics. After a research visit to the Carl Weimann Science Education Initiative in Canada, he became involved in science education research and has been a science teacher in NSW schools. Dr Nair's currently works actively with schools to support science curriculum implementation and science education in general. He is also involved in lecturing and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service science teachers.

Bridget Murphy

ANSTO -  Exploring public perception, regulation and ethics in science for Module 8 Investigating Science

Presented by the ANSTO Education team, this interactive workshop will present a range of ideas, resources and strategies for teaching Module 8 of the NSW Investigating Science syllabus. Join us to discuss how you can use nuclear science as a case study to cover important concepts in this module, including:

  • how past events have influenced the public perception of science
  • the need for regulation of science research
  • ethical issues surrounding current science research

We'll describe examples of classroom activities, data processing questions and hands-on activities to cover curriculum content in Module 8 and working scientifically skills. We also encourage teachers to share their own experiences with their class during the session.

Bridget Murphy has experience as a science researcher and science educator and is the Education Manager at the ANSTO Discovery Centre.

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