Australian Government Summer Schools for Teachers Program
Russo, Peter, Teaching Science
In the last issue of Teaching Science, I wrote briefly about this federal government initiative. Since then, a consortium consisting of the University of New England in Armidale NSW and Flinders University in Adelaide, SA has been announced as the successful tenderer for the summer schools program in science and mathematics. The science program will be held at Flinders University from Monday 7 January to Wednesday 16 January, 2008 and the mathematics program will be conducted at UNE during the same period.
ASTA has participated with a number of key stakeholders on the Advisory Committee to the science summer school. This has involved providing critical advice about all aspects of the program to the management team at Flinders University. Decisive feedback in areas such as evaluation of the program, follow-up support for participants and planning for 2009 and beyond, has also been provided to DEST.
ASTA will also be providing support to the program through its experience with Professional Standards for Highly Accomplished Teachers of Science and science teacher networks. ASTA wishes all science teachers participating in this inaugural summer school event a wonderful and fulfilling experience.
The Australian schools competition that marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl von Linnaeus, reported in the last issue, has been judged and awarded. The winner of the Australian competition was Andrew Koolhof a Year 12 student from The Friends School in Hobart, Tasmania. Andrew's wonderful entry, using images of Tasmania's wilderness to convey a powerful message about the thrill of discovery, was quite inspiring.
Andrew was presented with his magnificent prize, a two-to-three week visit to a Swedish research centre in Lapland, to be taken some time in 2008, at a special ceremony held at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra on Wednesday 7 November. This will be a wonderful experience for Andrew and a just reward for his perseverance with this project, despite impending Year 12 exams! …