Academic journal article Teaching Science

SEA*ACT Is the Second-Smallest Australian State and Territory Organisation but We Are Extremely Proud of What We Have Been Able to Deliver to Our Members over the Past Year

Academic journal article Teaching Science

SEA*ACT Is the Second-Smallest Australian State and Territory Organisation but We Are Extremely Proud of What We Have Been Able to Deliver to Our Members over the Past Year

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SEA*ACT is the second-smallest Australian state and territory organisation but we are extremely proud of what we have been able to deliver to our members over the past year.

CONSEA*ACT2008, our annual conference, was offered as a series of six afternoon and one Saturday workshops during Terms 2 and 3. CONSEA*ACT2008 was financially supported ($5000) by the ACT DET Australian Government Quality Teaching Program (AGQTP) PD program, with the stipulation that we offered a mixture of cutting-edge information, innovative techniques for the classroom and for pedagogical implementation, and curriculum writing support. Our theme, Progressive Science, implied our growth and advancement as world-class science teachers. Nearly half our members attended the annual dinner held at CSIRO Discovery.

With the shrinkage of financial support for teachers' professional learning during school hours, SEA*ACT will continue to use this successful format for future professional learning.

The SEA*ACT Science Fair is an expo of enquiry learning by K-12 students from all sectors. In 2008 over 200 projects were submitted (representing the work of hundreds of students and dozens of teachers). Twenty two were entered for the BHP Billiton Science Student Awards, resulting in two Student Finalists and seven Semi Finalists. SEA*ACT's 2008-nominated teacher for the BHP Billiton Teacher Awards was Vikfor Halas, who had personally supervised 25 of the 38 projects from his school. …

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