STAO Safety Mindedness Teacher Training Resource Update

STAO’s Safety Mindedness Program, the leading safety training program for Ontario Science teachers has been updated.   Safety Mindedness now works seamlessly on virtually any device.  Gestures like screen shrinking and expanding now works on tablets and phones. Continue reading

Greening the School Science Lab


For over 40 years, Flinn Scientific has embraced a consistent philosophy regarding the use of chemicals in science labs: “Chemicals in any form can be safely stored, handled or used if the physical, chemical, and hazardous properties are fully understood and the necessary precautions, including the use of proper safeguards and personal protective equipment, are observed.” We still believe this philosophy is appropriate.

With negative attention focused on “problem” chemicals, the idea of “green chemistry” may seem like an oxymoron. Green chemistry, however, is real, and it carries a positive message about chemistry and science. Green Chemistry calls for the design of chemical products and processes that will reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances. How can instructors and schools benefit from the principles of green chemistry and the knowledge gained through its success?

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Meet Canada’s Two New Astronauts – Canadian Space Agency

On June 17, 2016, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) launched the fourth astronaut recruitment campaign of Canada’s history. Out of 3,772 applications from Canadians in every province and territory, as well as outside Canada, and after a one-year arduous selection process, just two candidates were selected to represent Canada’s new generation of space explorers. Continue reading

Mystery of 2,000-year-old Roman concrete solved by scientists | The Independent

Seawater makes ancient concrete stronger, so it lasts while modern structures crumble into the sea. Researchers have now discovered that elements in the volcanic substance react with sea water, strengthening the material  2,000 years after they were first erected, Ancient Roman harbours made from concrete are still standing across Europe.  Continue reading

Scientists design shape-shifting workout gear powered by bacteria – Home | As It Happens | CBC Radio

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Researchers at MIT have created bacteria-based workout gear covered in ventilation flaps that automatically open up when you sweat.And that’s just the beginning of what they say “living clothing” will eventually be able to do for us. The team of 14 MIT researchers, funded by New Balance Athletics, have created prototypes of men’s and women’s workout gear, as well as sneakers.”It helps to evaporate your sweat more efficiently,” Wen Wang, chemical engineer and lead author of the paper published in the journal Science Advances, told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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Source: Scientists design shape-shifting workout gear powered by bacteria – Home | As It Happens | CBC Radio

It’s STAO Award Nomination Time!!!!!

Are you working with an outstanding colleague, someone who has inspired you in your career?

Have you wished that that person could be recognized for his/her contributions to the teaching of science?

STAO can help you with that recognition.


Consider the following Award categories: 

IRWIN TALESNICK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE: to recognize excellence in the teaching of science in Ontario.

JACK BELL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN SCIENCE EDUCATION:  for STAO/APSO members who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained leadership in science education in Ontario over a period of many years.

STAO/APSO EMERITUS AWARD: for a STAO/APSO member upon retirement.

STAO/APSO MERIT AWARD: to recognize a member’s leadership and excellence in the teaching of science.

It’s not too late to nominate a colleague, a mentor, a respected educator for one of these STAO Awards.  Note that the nominator and nominee must be STAO members.


The link to the nomination forms can be found at


 Please forward this notification to all colleagues and ask them to forward to their distribution lists.  We want to recognize all deserving Ontario science educators.





Interview with Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj – Glaciologist

Dr. Horodyskyj is the CEO of Science in the Wild (Boulder, Colorado). This is a citizen science adventure company. Prior to this, she held a post-doc position at the National Snow and Ice Data Center based in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, she is taking people on expeditions around the world and educating them in field science methods, as well as teaching at Colorado College as visiting faculty. Continue reading