The Ballarat Science Teacher Education Network (BSTEN) is an initiative of The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Federation University Australia and Australian Catholic University and proudly supported by Catholic Education Ballarat, Earth Ed and The Ballarat Municipal Observatory. We are combining to hold a community professional learning event aimed at increasing the knowledge and confidence of teachers in teaching science and sustainability, and connecting teachers in a local science teacher network.
Teachers will engage in a number of workshops illustrating the cross-curriculum nature of science. Please select your workshops by following the link: http://goo.gl/forms/nD14q7UOQC
Workshops will include:
WaterWatch: This workshop will demonstrate aquatic sampling and identification of aquatic invertebrates and how to use this information in determining the health of a waterway.
CSIRO: Education Officers from CSIRO will discuss the need to develop inquisitive minds in science. How do we facilitate that learning when we don’t know the answers ourselves? Teachers will be provided with resources and techniques for implementing scientific enquiry based projects and learning in the classroom and hear about CREativity in Science and Technology (CREST), a non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project.
Science Through Art - Narmbool staff will be on hand to illustrate the cross curriculum nature of science. This workshop will explore ways in which students can present their understandings and findings through art activities such as Create-a-Critter and role plays.
Science on a Plate - Biology. Earth Ed will build your confidence in teaching science and help you prepare STEM lessons. From one seed no more than a millimetre long – a 100 metre gum tree can grow. How is this possible? Delve into the world of plants and learn about what is actually going on underneath those leaves!
Science on a Plate – Chemistry. Chemistry is often known as the exciting science where you ’get to blow things up’. Earth Ed will demonstrate that there is more to chemistry than just explosions. Discover the periodic table, the atom and the smaller parts of matter, all significant scientific information to help explain those explosions.
Using Children’s Literature as a Springboard for Sustainability Science - Federation and ACU lecturers will lead this workshop. How many science based questions can you find in children’s literature? A piece of children’s literature will used to demonstrate how teachers can springboard from a shared reading experience to science inquiry learning. Participants will also explore a broad range of potential science-based questions and activities that spring from different examples of children’s literature.
Hands on Approach to Sustainability – The cross curriculum priority of Sustainability is often seen as an extra, and deemed to be too difficult to add into what has been described as an over-crowded curriculum. Resource Smart facilitators Tessa Canham and Kerrie Demunk will present engaging, hands-on activities adaptable across both primary and secondary school year levels. You will be provided with ideas of tuning in activities including the main activity about pollution in our waterways. The activities can act as a springboard into a wide variety of inquiry units on water. In addition to the activity, you will be given information that includes resources to teach water, energy, waste and biodiversity that are the four main topic areas to the ResourceSmart program.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum – Representatives from Sustainability Victoria will outline how to embed sustainability not just in the curriculum, but in everyday life.
8.30 - 9.15 Registration
9.15 - 9.30 Welcome and introduction to BSTEN network
9.30 - 11.00 Workshop one
11.00 - 11.30 Morning Tea
11.30 - 1.00 Workshop two
1.00 - 1.45 Lunch
1.45 - 3.15 Workshop three
3.15 - 4.00 Tree planting