Carl Williams Reports on the Must-Have Skill for the futureFrom the President

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Carl Williams Reports on the Must-Have Skill for the futureFrom the President


Quinton, Geoff, Teaching Science


2017, a new year, and around the country there will be new teachers of science who will be teaching their first-ever classes. If you are one of these teachers--welcome aboard! If you have one of these teachers in your school, welcome them, they are a big part of our future--we, and our students, need their enthusiasm, ideas and expertise. Support them, listen to them, and get them to join your association.

For ASTA, 2017 is already up and running. In January, 68 teachers (primary and secondary) from across Australia attended the second STEM X Academy in Canberra, which enabled them to: build skills and innovation in the classroom, invigorate and inspire students, and build a vibrant, connected learning community. The program was a huge success, especially the opportunity it gave for teachers to work with Australian scientists. "This is so difficult to achieve on our own, and STEM X has really opened a gateway there," was the feedback from one of the participants, "I am so excited for what that collaboration is going to look like in my classroom."

In January, I was lucky enough to attend the Association of Science Education (ASE) annual conference in England, partly funded by a grant from STAWA, my local association. …

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