Full Membership is just $142.00 inclusive of GST. This provides 12 months membership from the date that you join. We do offer other membership types including Student Membership, Retired Memberhip, Primary School Membership and Corporate Membership. Read on for further details.
Why Become a STAWA Member?
1Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Affiliation
ASTA brings together the state associations. It acts on national issues, such as submissions to Government agencies, and liaises with industries and government bodies. In conjunction with the state associations, ASTA is also responsible for convening CONASTA, the annual national conference. Further, ASTA convenes a Primary Science Network that enables national sharing of ideas about primary science. ASTA also co-ordinates member involvement in research projects, National P.D. opportunities and curriculum development. Science ASSIST, a new and innovative national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians. Read more about the ASTA Programs.
2 Discount on STAWA Materials
STAWA produces and stocks many publications for student and teacher use including the popular Primary Investigations range of books. We also sell hand-held microscopes and electronics kits. Members get a 10% discount off the standard prices for most of these items.
3Professional Development opportunities
In addition to CONSTAWA, Primary Science Conference and Future Science Conference, STAWA’s Professional Development Committee provides and advise on professional learning opportunities throughout the year. A range of sessions, which include whole day, half day and evening meetings, is offered. Significant price reductions are available to STAWA members. We can provide tailor-made programs for individual science departments or school network groups. STAWA run professional learning opportunities are listed on the website events calendar, www.stawa.net
4STAWA Primary Science
The Primary Science committee provides a range of activities that support and help science teaching and teachers in primary schools. The Committee produce PRISCI PIN-UPS, a quarterly four page publication that illustrates exciting science activities for teachers and students. The Committee convenes an annual STAWA Primary Science Conference and coordinates primary professional learning opportunities. STAWA recognises the subject demands of primary teachers and offers Primary school memberships.
5STAWA Journal (SCIOS)
SCIOS is STAWA’s own journal, which become digital as an ebook in 2014. It contains reports of STAWA activities, articles of interest to every teacher of science, teaching ideas, and book and software reviews. SCIOS aims to highlight science teaching as a profession and to strengthen science, education and industry links by providing our members with a forum for sharing their expertise. STAWA members can access past copies online by downloading PDF’s at www.stawa.net
6National Science Week
This project aims to promote equitable access in science education and to raise the level of awareness of science in schools and in the wider community. STAWA helps schools and members by presenting a range of activities, making available promotional materials and supporting the Schools Grants program. These stimulate interest in science during Science Week.
7Science Talent Search
This quest encourages both participation and excellence from students. The sponsorship and prizes are wide-ranging and students benefit considerably from their participation in the Search. Teachers have the opportunity to use STS to extend and motivate their students. Information is sent to schools in March and on-line entries operate from May to August. Students who enter an investigation or an invention into the Science Talent Search will be eligible for entry into the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.
8Student Activities and Competitions
STAWA offers a range of activities and competitions specially designed to enthuse, and provide opportunity for, science students. Competitions include Science Talent Search (STS) with more than 1,000 WA students from across the state participating and ScienceIQ, a series of online quizzes attracting thousands of primary and secondary students from across Australia. Physics Day @ Adventure World is our main out of school event for Year 10-12 physics students that also attracts over 1,000 students from across the state. Notice of various activities is provided through the STAWA Newsletter, SCIOS, www.stawa.net and other direct mailings to members
This is an annual STAWA conference. The 2015 CONSTAWA conference will be incorporated within the National Conference, CONASTA 64, to be held from 5 – 9 July. CONSTAWA will be on again in May 2016. The conference provides excellent seminars on topics such as classroom practice, curriculum development, scientific and technological issues and science content. CONSTAWA caters mainly for secondary teachers of science although teachers of primary science and laboratory technicians have always commended its great professional and social value.
10A United Professional Voice
It is important that science teachers maintain their sense of unity and professional standing. STAWA is the professional association that will maintain an independent voice in representing teachers of science. The Association is continually involved with Government departments, tertiary institutions and other professional associations on matters related to science, science education and science teaching. STAWA members have a voice on Curriculum Council science syllabus and course of study committees through their STAWA representatives. Other organisations regularly approach STAWA for advice on teaching and curriculum issues.