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Senior Science Program released!

A big congratulations to STAQ Councillor - Sarah Chapman - for taking out the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Science!  Also, we have just released the program for the 2013 Senior Science Conference on Saturday November 30th at the Cube, QUT Gardens Point. Choose from 36 workshops with strands in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Marine Science, Science 21 and more. There are also sessions for Science Support Officers (SSOs) and pre-service teachers. Register now as places are filling fast! 

Attend one of UQ's Science and Maths High School Teacher workshops in December


Science Contest Awards Ceremony

We are still smiling about the 60th Annual Science Contest Awards Ceremony held on the 19th October at The University of Queensland. It was a fantastic afternoon for our Award recipients and their families, as you can see from the proud faces in these pictures. Special thanks must go to our category sponsors - ITC Publications and Micreo Ltd, our event sponsor - The University of Queensland, and of course, our Bursary Supporters. We want to see more and more schools becoming involved in this fantastic event, and were so pleased to see such great representation of students across all age groups, from Prep right up to Year 12.



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National Science Teachers Summer School

The closing date has been extended - last chance! The Summer School is designed to provide teachers of science unique experiences in science and science education in order to stimulate their passion for science and, in turn, enhance their teaching of science to their students. Successful applicants will receive economy airfares to and from Canberra, six nights accommodation on the ANU campus, all excursion travel and most meals whilst on the NSTSS. Teachers who are at least teaching science half-time in their school are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be asked to contribute a $500 + GST registration fee. This amount is fully tax deductible.


QSA News

The Queensland Parliament's Education and Innovation Committee report on assessment methods in senior maths and science subjects is available on the Parliament's website. The Government is required to respond to the report's 16 recommendations in coming weeks. Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek has indicated that the report and its findings will be considered as part of the ongoing independent review of senior assessment, reporting and tertiary entrance processes. This review is being conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Its report is due in July 2014.

Study Area Specifications (SAS) being reviewed between now and June 2014 for Science include: Agricultural and Horticultural Practices, & Marine and Aquatic Practices. The QSA is seeking practising teachers of the subject to provide feedback on drafts of the syllabus. If you are interested in participating, please email your name, school, preferred email address and nominated SAS to:

New sample assessment tasks are available for the following senior syllabuses: Agricultural Science (2013), Biology (2004), Chemistry (2007), & Physics (2007).


CONASTA 63 Call for Abstracts - Closing Soon

CONASTA is the annual conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association. It brings together 300+ educators from all sectors, including schools, universities and scientific organisations, and provides high-quality professional development opportunities in the field of science teaching and learning. Submissions are now being called for presentations at CONASTA 63, ADELAIDE 6-9 July 2014, Adelaide University. Applications close 18 November.


Queensland Museum Work Inspiration Program

This is a work experience program with a difference! Offering young people in year 10, 11 and 12 (in 2014) the opportunity to explore the research facilities, exhibitions and loans facility; meet with a wide range of staff from across the organisation; and contribute ideas for the future of the Museum! Students must apply by Friday 6th December, and there are only 15 places, so be quick!


Teacher Resources

Here are some of the latest resources we've heard about - tell us what you think!

RiAus STEM Career Packs and 2014 National Science Week Themed Teacher Resource Packs
TES Australia Online Portal of Teaching Resources
The Physics Tutor: Online Physics Tutorial


Other Upcoming Events

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on upcoming events. Coming up soon:

5th November: Engineering & Technology Teachers Networking Forum at UQ
13th November 2013: Unconventional Resources Conference - Science Teachers Day - FREE
14th November 2013: 60 Second Science Challenge - Registration closes
4&5 December 2013: UQ Science & Maths High School Teacher Workshops
20th & 21st January 2014: UQ Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) Workshop. Free PD at UQ St Lucia. Day1: Programming & Databases. Day 2: Artificial Intelligence. Register your interest now.
22nd March 2014: QSA 'Australian Curriculum - Aligning Learning Areas'  Mini-Conference


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