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2013 started off with some of our members attending, the 2013 Science Teachers Summer School in Canberra. Heather McGee, who is currently teaching at Nhulunbuy High School in east Arnhemiand, has the following to share about her experience:

I think the most important part of the week was meeting like-minded people from around Australia. Being a second year teacher (with my first year of teaching in an Indigenous context), it was great to realise there are other teachers in my position, and others who, although being science teachers, are out of their comfort zone teaching at a different level/in a different subject. There were so many opportunities to meet everyone, both socially and in a learning context. I have met some people that I will most certainly stay in contact with. In fact, after a tough week, I have already been in contact with a more experienced teacher that I met at the Summer School to get some advice on how to tackle certain issues and certain subjects. Especially living remote, it is difficult to find other people who have your background/teaching experience/same subjects, so it is hugely valuable to have met some people to get advice from.

Our annual STANT Competitions Launch was held at Crocosaurus Cove on the 8th of May. The event was well attended with new members and included teachers from across all school sectors as well as pre-service teachers. The evening included presentations from local science teachers and educators. Veronica Ross, our NT Science Teacher of the Year, talked about her experience of traveling to Melbourne to attend the awards and shared an inspiring DVD of the national student finalists. Maeli Cooper gave an overview of the Scientists in Schools project and reported on several successful projects and partnerships currently underway. Russell Dempster from Marrara Christian College talked about the National Titration Competition.

STANT member Cassandra Duykers has recently been involved in the Bush Blitz program. Bush Blitz is a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia. It aims to discover and document the plants and animals in properties throughout Australia's National Reserve System. in May, Cassie joined by Scientists and other teachers from across Australia descended on Hen bury Station, near Alice Springs.

STANT Committee members have been busy across a range of activities including assisting with the judging of both Science Week applications and student applications for the International Science School. In both these cases, it has been wonderful to receive applications from right across the NT, including rural and remote schools.

Organisation for our annual conference, ConSTANT, is well underway. Held at the end of National Science Week on the 17th and 18th of August, ConSTANT 2013 will be held in the township of Batchelor, the gateway to Litchfield National Park just south of Darwin. This year's conference will be a combination of workshops, field trips and guest speakers including Dennis Goodrum introducing Science By Doing to the NT and Graeme Sawyer showcasing a new online, interactive biodiversity website. STANT would like to welcome any interstate science teacher association members to come along and join us as a participant or presenter. The weather is fantastic up here in August! Please contact Jenni Webber for further information at

STAY has been supporting the teaching and learning of Science for 70 years with this year commemorating our 70th Birthday! We are the oldest Science Teachers' Association in the country, with a healthy diverse membership including, graduate and experienced primary and secondary teachers, preservice teachers, retired teachers, school memberships and academics.

STAV supports the support and advancement of science education in Victoria through:

1. Teacher and Lab Tech Conferences

We have developed a viable and thriving community where science educators can share best practice, expertise and ideas. This occurs at the many conferences we host; VCE (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science), our two day conference for Primary and Secondary Science Teachers, STAVCON, supporting our Lab Techs through the STAV Lab Tech Conference, ICT/STEM Conference for Primary and Secondary Teachers as well as the Physics workshops for Primary and Junior Secondary Teachers. We are proud to host CONASTA 62: 'Celebrating Science-Transforming the future through science innovation' July 7th-July 10th 2013.

STAV supports the extension of science beyond the classroom through our Science Talent Search and through our Science Drama Awards.

2. Science Talent Search

The STAV Science Talent Search continues to attract interest in all of the 9 categories, attracting over 2,700 participants, their teachers and families who are brought together on our Exhibition Day at La Trobe University.

3. Science Drama Awards

The STAV Science Drama Awards provide an opportunity for all students to engage with scientific concepts through drama and role play. We continue to attract entries from both regional and metropolitan Primary and Secondary schools.

4. Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum F-10 has been implemented throughout Victorian schools in the form of AusVELS (a hybrid of the Australian Curriculum). STAV has worked closely with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to ensure a smooth transition occurs.

5. STAV Publications

STAV publications comprise of our monthly Contact, promoting events and resources and our quarterly journals Lab Talk (Secondary) and Let's Find Out (Primary) draw on the expertise of educators across all sectors.

Our team of Trial Exam Writers produce exam papers in support of the VCE Science subjects on offer.

Support for Science Coordinators and for the teachers beginning their careers continues to be available through the Science Coordinator's and Beginning Teacher's Handbooks.

6. Social Media

The recent appointment of a Social Media Liaison Officer has ensured ongoing discussion through the STAV Twitter & Facebook accounts.
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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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