STAO School Memberships

A Word About School Memberships

STAO offers 3 types of school memberships, each of which provides significant savings and benefits to schools.


STAO offers a large school membership for schools that have 1000 students or more, and a small school membership for those with less than 1000 students. These memberships run from September 15 of one year to September 14 of the following year.

These special memberships allow any teacher in the school to become a member of STAO at the one low school membership fee.

If your school had a school membership during the last school year:

  • that membership will expire on September 15, 2016;
  • the teacher who purchased this membership will receive correspondence from STAO describing how to renew the membership;
  • if you are the lead teacher in your school, we encourage you to act on the membership renewal letter that you receive.

If your school does not have a school membership, please talk to your department head or administration to encourage them to take advantage of this money-saving offer.


This membership allows any elementary school to join with one teacher being identified as the lead teacher. In addition to regular membership benefits, this membership allows the school to send one teacher to conference on each of the three days of conference for a single registration fee. The link for this membership is found here.

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Misconceptions About the Universe

Can we see things travelling faster than light?
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The expanding universe is a complicated place. During inflation the universe expanded faster than light, but that’s something that actually happens all the time, it’s happening right now. This doesn’t violate Einstein’s theory of relativity since nothing is moving through space faster than light, it’s just that space itself is expanding such that far away objects are receding rapidly from each other. Common sense would dictate that objects moving away from us faster than light should be invisible, but they aren’t. This is because light can travel from regions of space which are superluminal relative to us into regions that are subluminal. So our observable universe is bigger than our Hubble sphere – it’s limited by the particle horizon, the distance light could travel to us since the beginning of time as we know it.

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The science of sport: Perimeter Institute explains the physics of Olympic events – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News

The Perimeter Institute has put together a series of photos showing the physics behind Olympic events. Go to the Source below to find out more

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