Thursday, 6 October 2016

Day 3: Kariya Junior high School

Trip report from Megan Hayes.

(See below for a collage of images taken during the visit.)

Today we visited Kariya Junior high School where we watched a very hands-on science inquiry lesson with the students. 

They were presented with the problem of identifying unidentified gases in three canisters. The students were totally engaged as they worked in small groups to come up with ways to test each gas then make statements about which gas was stored based on their findings. 

They were even asked to give themselves a rating related to their participation throughout the lesson. 

Fantastic self-reflection strategies on show!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Day 3: The Kariya Super Science School

Trip report from Megan Hayes.

(See below for a collage of images taken during the visit.)

Today we visited the Kariya Super Science High School. 

The students here are in Year 10, 11, 12 and produce a high-level science research project, which they present in Year 11 to the school community. They must present it again, in English, in Year 12. 

During our visit, Mr Brett McKay presented a cool inquiry science lesson all about air pressure. The students loved expanding a marshmallow to triple its size.  

We all received beautiful gifts from the Vice Principal, Mr Hirao Akiyoshi.

Editor's note: There will be more reports uploaded as they come in. Obviously they are having a busy time.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Announcing our 2016 Australian cohort

ASTA would like to congratulate Cos Longo, Megan Hayes and Brett McKay, who will be accompanying ASTA President Anne Disney and CEO Vic Dobos on the 2016 Exchange.

Cos Longo teaches students from Reception to Year 7 at Our Lady of Hope, Greenwith in South Australia. He is hoping that the exchange will enrich and equip him with new ways to engage, motivate and stimulate his students.  "I would come back with a different insight for the teaching of Science having seen this through the eyes of a new culture and pedagogy," he said.

Megan Hayes is a dedicated STEM teacher at Mudgeereba Creek State School in Queensland. Megan hopes the Exchange will allow for the creation of networks that will improve her own skills through the sharing of teaching and learning ideas from local and international teachers of Science. The skills she learns will then be used to create innovative programs for her students.

Brett McKay is the Head of the Department at Kirrawee High School in New South Wales.  Kirrawee High supports an annual student exchange with two Japanese schools and Brett believes the Exchange will allow him to better understand the techniques that Japanese students are used to in instruction and to develop our lessons to enhance their own exchange program. "Our students discuss on return from their exchange ideas that they have experienced in lessons in Japan. This exchange will enable me to have a better understanding of the techniques used in Japan and apply them with our students, so there is a better continuum of learning," he said.

You can follow Cos, Megan and Brett's experience on this blog or via the twitter hashtag #ASTAJapan

ASTA thanks AJF for support of 2016 Japanese Science Teachers Exchange

The Australian Science Teachers Association is delighted to announce that it was one of 48 beneficiaries of grants funded by the Australian Japan Foundation. The money will be used to support a small delegation of Australian teachers to travel to Japan to experience the culture, traditions and diversity within teaching practice between the two countries.
Known as the ASTA Science Teachers Exchange, this experience has been transformational for many of the participating teachers with the exchange bridging the cultural divide and helping teachers to grow in confidence and teaching efficacy.
The 2016 ASTA- Japan Science Teachers Exchange is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The trip will commence on 1 October and teachers will be blogging about their experience at