Why you should think about joining:
Joining the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania lets you take advantage of the following member benefits:
STAT is a member of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).
Due to this affiliation, STAT members are entitled to reduced registration fees for the annual national conference, CONASTA. CONASTA 2016 is being held in Brisbane.
STAT is a member of the Network of Education Associations of Tasmania (NEAT). NEAT supports member associations in professionalism endeavours, offers scholarships to national conferences and organizes speakers of interest to teachers of many subjects. Watch out for emails about these opportunities.
Journals, newsletters and updates
You will receive the ASTA journal Teaching Science on a quarterly basis, STATIC newsletters up to four times a year and important activity updates from ASTA and STAT.
National Science Week Booklet
STAT members have access to the Science Week Resource Book, which provides many ideas around the science week theme. Download the Science Week Resource Book here.
Previous years’ booklets can be downloaded or ordered in hard copy.
As STAT hosted CONASTA 66 in 2017 we did not hold our annual conference CONSTAT. Members and colleagues were encouraged to make the most of the opportunity to attend this National Conference in Hobart from July 9 – 11.
STAT members received significant discount at all STAT professional learning activities.
Student activities, opportunities and competitions
The Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS), which is open to all students from Prep to Year 12. Winners from TSTS Research Investigations section are automatically submitted to the national BHP Billiton Science awards. Other national competitions and awards are detailed on the ASTA Awards website.
SPECTRA, or Science Program Exciting Children Through Research Activities, is a national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10. SPECTRA can be used as a class activity, to extend capable students or to encourage and inspire students that find science a challenge.
Teacher Awards and Fellowships
STAT members have access to awards and opportunities like the Ruth Dirks (Not available in the host state for CONASTA) and STAT Scholarships to CONASTA, National Science Teacher Summer Schools, BHP Teacher Awards, BushBlitz Teach Live programs and overseas fellowships like the ASTA Japan Teacher Exchange program.
Read about the recent Japan exchange.
You also have the opportunity to be heard and to lobby on behalf of Science Teachers and students. Consider increasing your voice by joining STAT council and contributing to our monthly meetings as a general councillor. Nominations for council are sent out just before our AGM which is usually tied to CONSTAT. However, in 2017 this is an independent event as we need to hold our AGM close to the end of March. See STAT AGM Notice 2017 for details – it will be an enjoyable event.
When you, or your school, join STAT you will benefit from these and many more opportunities that become open to you.