Science Facility Safety – a new Safety Resource from STAO

Science Facility Safety (SFS) is a new STAO resource which outlines best practices in the safe use and management of science facilities.  This free resource is a companion document to STAO’s other publications, Safe ON Science and Safer Use of Chemicals in School Science Laboratories.

Examples of focus areas in SFS include Classroom Infrastructure, Storage of Flammables, Ventilation, Eye Wash Stations/Emergency Showers, and Waste.  This resource concludes with a very useful and comprehensive safety checklist.

SFS is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of  Enbridge and Shell

Download your copy at



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.





STAO Promo Video Launch Contest

stao-videosThe STAO Promotions Committee has collaborated with science communicator Deirdre Leowinata, a graduate of Fleming College and the ROM’s Environmental Visual Communication program, to produce three promo videos that describe a bit of what STAO can do for science teachers in Ontario.

We are hoping you, our dedicated STAO community, will share these videos with your colleagues and networks to promote STAO and attendance at the November conference.

To help you do so, we are offering a contest.

Contest Rules:

Watch the videos, respond to a very quick survey, and share a link to to your favourite video on social media (Twitter, Facebook, or Google+).  Tag @staoapso #STAOvideo in your message.  You will be entered in a draw for one of TWO $150 gift cards for the STAOScienceStore at STAO2016 conference!   Contest ends Nov 8th.

Visit the STAO youtube channel to view our three promo videos.

Do you teach in an elementary school?

Have you received the all-school mailing from STAO?  The package was mailed out to all elementary schools in Ontario the week of September 19th.  Please check with your Office Staff.  In it is a “Confirm Receipt” postcard with a link to a survey.  Complete the survey for a chance to win 1 of 5 STAO school memberships.  Contest ends Nov 8th.

For more information about the benefits of a STAO school membership, go to




Recognize a colleague / mentor for STAO / APSO Awards

sparksWish to recognize a colleague / mentor for STAO / APSO Awards?

Do you know a teacher who has been an inspiration to you and/or others? Someone who is a mentor and leads by example? A teacher who motivates the students and colleagues and does this without expecting anything in return? STAO/APSO can help you recognize, honour, and reward that science and technology teacher! Please read the Nomination information below for details of the process.

Nominating Information

STAO/APSO is proud to recognize and honour members who make significant contributions to quality Science and Technology education. Each year, members of STAO/APSO may nominate their colleagues for one of the following six STAO/APSO awards:

  • STAO/APSO Life Member Award
  • Irwin Talesnick Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science
  • Jack Bell Award for Leadership in Science Education
  • STAO/APSO Emeritus Award
  • STAO/APSO Merit Award
  • STAO/APSO Service Award

Download a PDF document containing the complete Awards Terms of Reference.
Download the Nomination Package – PDF or Nomination Package – MS Word.
Complete it and return to the Chair of the Awards Committee in one of the following ways:

  1. email: Awards Committee
  2. mail:
    STAO/APSO Awards Committee
    Box 771, 900 Lorne Ave.
    Dresden ON, N0P 1M0

Nomination packages are still being considered.  Recognize that amazing teacher beside you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nominate a Colleague for a STAO Award

nomiNATE nowIt’s not too late to nominate a colleague, a mentor, a respected educator for a STAO Award.

Please forward this notification to all colleagues asking them to forward to their distribution lists.  We do not want to overlook any deserving Ontario educator.

Click here for the a Google doc nomination form 

For more information about the STAO awards and to download the nomination form at the STAO website