Congratulation to Space Camp scholarship winners!
SPACE CAMP: Launching Aussie teachers and students in 10, 9, 8…
Two Australian teachers and up to 4 of their students are receiving full scholarships to attend Space Camp, this July, in Huntsville, Alabama, USA!
Congratulations to Penny George of Wanniassa P-10 School, ACT and Silvia Choi of Arthur Phillip High School, NSW – and 3 to 4 students from each school (yet to be announced) – for this fantastic opportunity.
What do you do at Space Camp? ‘Trainees’ get to build and launch rockets, experience walking on the moon in the 1/6th gravity chamber and meet astronauts. The Space Academy, where Space Camp is held, is also home to historic space exhibits and current and future space programs and boasts that many of its alumni now work at NASA.
The Space Camp program is for both students and teachers to experience space training and STEM in real world applications to take back to their classrooms.
For students, it is an immersive learning opportunity where they are use real space science, technology, maths and engineering to solve aerospace problems.
For teachers the Space Academy offers an amazing professional development experience to learn how to improve the way they present STEM concepts and take an immersive experience back to their classrooms.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has offered the scholarships to schools in areas of disadvantage and to students who would benefit from extra inspiration to reach their potential. This is the first time the scholarships have been offered within Australia to Australian schools.
The Australian Science Teachers Association who have an existing partnership with NGC are delighted to have been able to facilitate the identification of schools and teachers for this exciting opportunity. ASTA, along with the State Science Teacher’s Associations of ACT, NSW, QLD and SA, thank NGC for making these fantastic opportunities available to Australian science educators and their students.
For more information on Space Camp check out the website: http://www.spacecamp.com/space/academy
About the Australian Science Teachers Association
Founded in 1951, the Australian Science Teachers Association is the federation of Science Teachers Associations from all Australian states and territories. It is the national professional association for teachers of science and a powerful voice influencing policy and practice in science education. Please visit www.asta.edu.au for more information.
Professional Development Opportunities on home soil…
CONASTA 64 is the only national science teacher’s conference and in 2015 it will be held in Perth. There are specific streams for laboratory technicians and primary teachers, and heaps of opportunities for senior teachers too, so you can attend the days most relevant to you. There are also opportunities for teachers who have not trained in science and discounts for pre-service teachers. Please visit conasta.edu.au for more details.
Need science resources and help now? Science ASSIST is the answer
Science ASSIST is a new and innovative national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians. It is freely available to all Australian schools and provides expert, up-to-date information on high-quality teaching and learning resources, an extensive range of educationally sound and safety-compliant practical activities for a hands-on, inquiry based study of science in school science laboratories, classrooms and more. Please visit www.assist.asta.edu.au for more information.