New at STAO 2015: WELCOME TO MY CLASSROOM

DAILY POSTER SESSIONScelebrating science
A Science Educator’s Share Event!

STAO has planned a time for you to share activities, lessons, and best practices.

Come join us each day as we see what is happening in our peers’ classrooms. All conference participants are invited to attend the Poster Sessions that will run in parallel with the scheduled sessions and the morning session break times.

Daily Schedule of Poster Sessions
Session 1: 10:00 to 11:00
Session 2: 11:30 to 12:30

Poster sessions are a great way to get useful ideas fast; you can pick up many activities in a short time. You can stop by between sessions or take time to talk to a teacher that has an idea you can use during a session.

Interested in presenting a poster? Space is limited for poster presentations.

Poster Session Submission Form.

Three reasons why you should participate and do a Poster at STAO 2015!

  • Share your ideas and best practices.
  • Experience presenting at the conference without the stress of putting together a full session.
  • Connect with fellow teachers; get feedback immediately.

Technology Challenges

 

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The wording of a challenge and the availability of tools and materials have significant impact upon the nature and scope of learning that takes place within each activity.  Consider the learning focus for each of the following challenges.

What skill or knowledge might students demonstrate as they complete the challenge?  Which challenges have more than one correct solution?

  • Build something.
  • Draw a picture of something you would like to build.
  • Draw a picture of the thing that you built.
  • Draw something that could be built to help you get across a river.
  • Build a model of something you could use to get across a river.
  • Design and build something that could be used to transport the toy car across a river that is 45 cm wide and 5 cm deep.
  • Build a bridge that could be used to get the toy car across the river.  Use only the materials provided.
  • Using popsicle sticks and white glue, build a bridge that is wide enough for the toy car and long enough to reach across a river that is 30 cm wide.   Your bridge must not have a mass greater than 150 grams and it must support, at its centre, a mass of at least 30 kilograms.
  • Use the tools and materials provided to build the bridge shown in the accompanying plans.

Consider the abilities of your students and the skills you want them to develop and demonstrate. Adjust the instructions accordingly.

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Holistic Approach to Teaching Senior Science: An in-depth look into the methodology and pedagogy necessary to teach senior science courses

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Author: Antik Dey

Having experience in teaching all three specific disciplines, I will argue that the distinctions between them, although artificial, are necessary. I will also rationalize the need for a holistic approach to teaching senior science courses. Continue reading

Edible Art: Professor Creates Tree of 40 Fruit

Plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries can all be plucked from just one of Sam Van Aken’s fruit trees. The artist calls his creations the Tree of 40 Fruit thanks to carefully planned grafts. (Aug. 19)

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Understanding Lunar Eclipses, NASA

It’s not often that we get a chance to see our planet’s shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse. During these rare events, the full Moon rapidly darkens and then glows red as it enters the Earth’s shadow. Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it’s worth staying up to catch the show. The next lunar eclipse visible from the western hemisphere will take place in the early morning hours of April 15, 2014, from about 2:00 am – 5:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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