2 10, 2020

Chemistry videos from Dale Carroll

By |2021-06-03T12:29:54+10:00October 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

We are quite lucky to have wonderful people like Dale Carroll on STAV council. At our inaugural STEM/LabTech conference (closing day is October 9th, 2020) he presented a slice of the youtube videos he has been making to support remote learning.

We now offer them to you here, in one handy place. Click the link to the Science links Page, scroll down to get to the heading “Remote learning Chemistry Videos”- to download the word document with the complete list of videos so far, or watch the videos in our browser.

1 10, 2020

Announcing STAV’s new Patron

By |2020-11-10T14:05:24+11:00October 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments

Associate Professor Misty Jenkins BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD

Dr Misty Jenkins, STAV Patron 2021-2023
Dr Misty Jenkins, STAV Patron 2021-2023

The Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria (STAV) is proud to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Misty Jenkins BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD, to the honorary role of STAV Patron.

Misty Jenkins is a NHMRC fellow and laboratory head in the Immunology Division at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, where she researches cellular immunology and cancer immunotherapy. 

Misty studied her PhD in Immunology at The University of Melbourne, followed by postdoctoral positions at The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. She has a long-standing interest in how a specialized group of white blood cells, CD8+ T cells, kill cancer. Her current research program currently researches the use of T cell immunotherapy for brain cancer.

Associate Professor Jenkins was awarded the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013), was Tall Poppy of the year (2015), was awarded the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence award (2016) in recognition for her significant contribution to science and gender equity.

Associate Professor Jenkins has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in academia over the past decade and her efforts in this area have been recognized nationally and internationally. In addition to her research career, Associate Professor Jenkins is experienced in governance and is a Board Director for Monash Health, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Health Medical Research Future Fund.

Misty’s commitment to scientific research, her passion for discovery, her dedication to matters of social justice, and her transformative advocacy work regarding equity of access to the worlds of science and science education are cause for admiration and celebration. For these reasons, Misty’s appointment as STAV Patron is of great significance to STAV and its members.

STAV has a long history of shaping and influencing policy and representing and advancing the collective voice of science teachers across Victoria since 1943. STAV is committed to providing opportunities for all Victorian students of science to become inspired by and engaged with the learning of science and STEM. On behalf of its members, STAV is committed to providing Science education for all and is actively seeking to address the barriers to participation in Science learning including disadvantaged and underrepresented cohorts. STAV acknowledges that Science education is critically important for Australia’s current and future productivity, its social cohesion and that a scientifically literate society is pivotal to building better outcomes for all Australians.

We welcome Misty to the STAV family and look forward to working with her to promote the collective voice of science teachers across the state and to advance science education for all.

Alexandra Abela

STAV President

Former STAV Patrons

STAV has a long history of appointing those of eminence as its Patron. Former STAV Patrons include: Lord Casey (1970-1976), Sir Henry Winneke (1977-1982), Sir Brian Murray (1983-1985), Professor Sir Gustav Nossal (1995-1998), Emeritus Professor Peter Fensham (1999-2001), Professor Suzanne Cory (2005-2007) and Dr Barry Jones (2013-2020).

1 10, 2020

STAV STEM Ambassador Announced

By |2020-11-10T14:05:24+11:00October 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments

Meet our 2020 STAV STEM Ambassador – Felicity Furey

We are delighted that Felicity Furey has agreed to be the inaugural STAV STEM Ambassador to support STAV in its mission to represent the collective voice of science and STEM educators in Victoria.

Felicity’s inspiration to forge a career in engineering came from physics teacher. After seeing the lack of diversity in STEM careers, Felicity became passionate about inspiring the next generation into STEM, just like her teacher inspired for her.

Named Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year and one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence at just 26 years of age, Felicity’s led multi-million dollar engineering projects, founded two successful businesses, Power of Engineering and Machinam which have reached more than 10,000 students, secured partnerships with Qantas, Toyota and Energy Australia.

In this role as STEM Ambassador for STAV Felicity aims to increase advocacy and inspiration for STEM careers and build visibility and drive needed for cultural and social change for gender equity in STEM. Felicity, pictured below, aims to contribute to STAVs high-quality professional learning for teachers and connect industry and the real world into the classroom.

Alexandra Abela

STAV President

Image of Felicity Furey- STAV's Inaugural STEM Ambassador.
Image of Felicity Furey- STAV’s Inaugural STEM Ambassador
10 09, 2020

STAV STEM Regional, STEM Metro and LabTech 2020 Online Conference

By |2020-10-07T13:53:15+11:00September 10th, 2020|Comments Off on STAV STEM Regional, STEM Metro and LabTech 2020 Online Conference

September 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am October 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Free for STAV Members, 2 free tickets per STAV School membership & $49 for non-members

Advancing STEM education for all

STAV are excited to announce that the previously postponed STEM Regional, STEM Metro and LabTech conferences will all run in a new online conference format. These conferences will launch on Friday August 28th, 2020 and close six weeks later on Friday October 9th, 2020. This conference offers both asynchronous and synchronous experiences for delegates.

This conference offers both asynchronous and synchronous experiences for delegates. We hope that this window supports more of you, our teachers and Laboratory Technicians, to access these conferences at a time convenient to you.

By registering for this conference you will have access to:

  • asynchronous video presentations from our presenters across the STEM and LabTech fields, with access to this content from Friday August 28th, on the Conferences’ soft launch day
  • the option of joining our two synchronous (live) days to:
    • watch our three keynotes,
    • participate in the STEM regional forum and
    • contribute to a Q &A webinars with some of our presenters (after viewing their asynchronous presentations).
    • These synchronous sessions will be recorded, so if you can’t make it you can catch up later.
    • Selection of sessions for these synchronous days will be accessible for delegates closer to the days. Further information will be sent to delegates after the conference launch day.
  • STAV/Stile Trivia night- 7-9pm Friday October 9th 2020- details and sign-up coming soon!

Keynote 1 – Friday 11 September

Time: 9.15 am – 9.40 am

STEM Opens Many Doors

Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice at UNSW Sydney. She is responsible for increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and careers in Australia by driving systemic and cultural change. Lisa is an award-winning astronomer with research interests in the birth and death of stars and super massive black holes. She serves on the Australian Space Agency’s Advisory Group and previously led a team of 30 scientists and engineers at CSIRO developing the Square Kilometre Array – a next generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history. Lisa is author of the popular science book ‘When Galaxies Collide’ and her 2019 children’s book ‘Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime’ has been long listed for several national literary awards.

Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and subsequently was appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology and Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs to drive the state’s science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international business development and research alliances. Amanda has worked with Commonwealth agencies on national science and innovation policies and programs, including the Australian Synchrotron and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme.

Keynote 2 – Friday 11 September

Time: 9.45 am – 10.25 am

Wangaratta to the edge of the universe

Krystal De Napoli

Krystal De Napoli is a proud Kamilaroi woman and aspiring astrophysicist studying at Monash University, researching the ways in which her love for her culture and her passion for science intersect.

Krystal uses her platform as a scientific communicator to deliver a series of public lectures on the field of Indigenous science, presenting the intricate and complex understanding our First Nations people have of the night sky and its objects.

Krystal has worked as a summer intern within the CSIRO’s Data61, and has completed research into detecting exoplanets from light curve data and understanding the astrophysical significance of the Pleiades in Indigenous astronomical traditions. In 2018 Krystal became the first non-genomicist to be awarded the Illumina Women in Genomics Bracelet, which acts as a visible token of appreciation to a woman for making a noteworthy contribution to a scientific field, with distinguished leadership and a devotion to teaching.

Keynote 3 – Friday 9 October

Time: 11.00 am – 12.15 pm

STEM For All: Making it Happen

Felicity Furey

An award-winning engineer, business entrepreneur and an advocate for change, Felicity Furey’s tenacious spirit, infectious energy and relentless drive to create a better world inspires students, emerging leaders and their communities to re-engineer what’s possible in the future of education and STEM. From standing as one of just 12 women in her graduating class of 120 to being named BOSS Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year and ‘Innovative Engineer of The Year’, Felicity has always made it her mission to make the ‘impossible’ possible.

From the classroom to the boardroom, Felicity takes a no holds barred approach to driving change in her industry and creating a world that works for everybody. Her passion for engineering and her lifelong desire to improve diversity and equity across industries led her to found Machinam in 2013 and Power of Engineering in 2012 – two groundbreaking organisations encouraging the next generation to consider careers in STEM through real-world applications and opportunities. Felicity’s accolades range from Engineer Australia’s ‘Innovative Engineer of The Year’ award to the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. In 2019 she was named as an Engineers Australia Centenary Hero and selected as a Superstar of STEM.

Felicity regularly shares her insights on Young Entrepreneurship, The Future of Work, Millennial Leadership, Diversity in STEM and the importance of reframing ‘failures’ as moments of growth and resilience with over 120,000 people across Australia, Asia and the United States. In 2020, Felicity is on a mission to reach her goal of 1 million hours of volunteering for STEM schools, with a focus on coaching and training 10,000 emerging leaders to ‘do the impossible’ for themselves, their schools and for their broader communities.

Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

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21 04, 2020

STAV Online Member Community

By |2020-08-07T16:18:19+10:00April 21st, 2020|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

STAV Council met again last week to address how we can support teachers in the emerging online learning space. Including the sharing of the most recent issues of LabTalk and Let’s Find Out through our STAV website, we have prioritised the development of our online presence to better support you, our members, in connecting with each other.

To this end we are about to launch our members only Facebook group for STAV Individual Members

Admittance to this group is through provision of your first and last name and STAV membership number when answering the joining questions. It is hoped this group will become a supportive professional learning community for both Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Laboratory Technician members.

We will follow this in coming weeks with increased public presence on Twitter and a new STAV Instagram account.

To School Members, access to member services through the usual platforms remains. These include our email groups, bulletins, journals and the STAV Member Only area through the STAV Website.

7 04, 2020

The importance of Laboratory Technicians in Remote Learning

By |2020-08-07T16:36:59+10:00April 7th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Supporting the teaching of Science in times of remote learning: Highlighting the importance of Laboratory Technicians

With the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the education landscape has become a vastly different space in a staggeringly short amount of time. The roles of all those working in schools have changed, as members of school communities work together to adapt to changing circumstances as they adopt new platforms, methodologies and pedagogies for the delivery of curriculum. As a practical subject, the remote teaching and learning of Science presents unique challenges, most of which are self-evident.

The following is taken from a recent media release of the Australian Science Teachers’ Association on COVID-19, in which ASTA President, Nathan Curnow states: ‘Whilst we celebrate how adaptable and resourceful science teachers can be, it is important to note that these changes have significant ramifications for teacher workload and efficacy as they do their best to support the learning of students’.

STAV Council endorses this statement and furthermore, unreservedly acknowledges the integral and specialist role that laboratory technicians play in enabling effective teaching and learning of the Sciences across all year levels.

STAV’s Mission and goals provide focus at this time:

  • STAV represents and advances the collective voice of science educators to shape and influence policy in all aspects of science education.
  • STAV aims to build the capacity of laboratory technicians, teachers, science coordinators, principals and system leaders, as agents for the improvement of all aspects of science teaching and learning.
  • STAV advocates for and contributes to the improvement of the quality of science teaching andlearning through enhanced professional learning, resources and the promotion of professional best practice.

STAV encourages all members of school science departments to continue to work collaboratively and with agility at this at time. STAV acknowledges that the most visible aspects of the day-to-day role of laboratory technicians is being challenged. In spite of the changes to physical learning spaces, STAV strongly maintains that laboratory technicians are an integral part of the science program. The need for their expertise and support is all the more profound, and with the assistance of technology, the opportunities for innovation abound.

Laboratory technicians in schools are working to different guides in the support of remote learning. They are gathering, preparing and curating resources for science departments; preparing, conducting and recording demonstrations and experiments to be used by students remotely; collecting data via controlled experiments for analysis by students in assessment tasks; maintaining equipment, updating inventories, reforecasting budgets, conducting OH&S audits and maintaining and preparing risk assessment registers.

Laboratory technicians, given the nature of the role, are specialist, resourceful and adaptable. With the extra burden placed on teachers at this time, their support and drive are even more critical to attaining good learning outcomes for our science students. STAV urges schools to continue to foster the time-honoured collaboration and synergy between school Science teachers and laboratory technicians, so that we can better respond to the challenges before us as we navigate these complex times together.

Dale Carroll

STAV Councillor

Chair, Laboratory Technicians sub-committee

Alexandra Abela

STAV President

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