A missed opportunity to equip students for the 21st century


The Science Teachers Association of NSW face the Parliamentary Committee Inquiring into the NSW Curriculum Review today with a strong message to the Government – this is a missed opportunity to equip students for the 21st century. 

Margaret Shepherd, President of the Science Teachers Association NSW says “Professor Masters recommended an ambitious game changing strategy for NSW Education and the Government has thwarted it” 


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Physical celebrations argon... instead of overreacting, we held a virtual celebration

The Science Teachers Association NSW Young Scientist Awards culminated last night with the announcement of the Primary and Secondary Young Scientists of the Year and the team of 9 finalists who will be representing NSW and Australia in the International Science and Engineering Fair for 2021. These were the last of the 150+ prizes that were announced over the week to students from K-12 from across NSW. 

The Science Teachers Association NSW congratulates all participants of the 2020 Young Scientist Awards. In what has been a difficult year we received 854 projects from across NSW. 

President Margaret Shepherd said “COVID 19 tried to serve an ace but our team smashed a side-line winner - the number and calibre of entrants given the challenges faced by students and their teachers throughout the year were extraordinary - all students should be congratulated”

“There is no reason to think that some of our participants here in this competition could not be a Nobel Laureate” she said. 

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A Chemistry Conference in the time of COVID-19 - It's clean, it's green and it's on screen  

Macquarie University is proud to host the Science Teachers Association NSW 2020 K-12 Chemistry Conference. It’s bringing real-world science to the classroom, to inspire the next generation of environmental science warriors. The Online Conference, which kicks off on September 14, will be opened by Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Magnus Nydén. 

“Conference Delegates will hear the latest research from Macquarie University about tackling the issues of plastic pollution, climate change and sustainability”, says Professor Nydén.  

Conference Convenor Oriana Miano says, “It’s an honour to be working with some great thought leaders at Macquarie University for this year’s chemistry conference, which will focus on tackling the big questions facing our society today. How do we apply what we know of chemistry to ensure a sustainable future?” 

“We wanted to use the UN Sustainable Development Goals to frame the program for this conference so that teachers could be exposed to some of the latest innovations in green chemistry and hear from colleagues how to take this back to the classroom”, says Ms Miano.

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Rural Young Scientist cracks Water Prize shortlist

The Science Teachers Association NSW and the Australian Water Association congratulate Emma Serisier on being shortlisted for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Ms Emma Serisier, from Coffs Harbour, a budding, young, female scientist has juggled school work, bushfires and an impressive science project to compete on the international stage. 
“Very simply, my research, Crack for the Future, shows that the redirection of eggshell from landfill to soil can attract and soak up phosphates from fertilisers and manures and retain them in the soil, that would otherwise run off and pollute waterways. Says Ms Serisier

“For the first time in history, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize is being complemented by a People’s Choice Award. We’re extremely proud to get behind Emma and support her on this exciting journey. Emma follows in the footsteps of many clever young water scientists. With Australia winning the 2019 competition, Emma’s entry this year continues to showcase Australia’s excellence in water science on an international stage,” says Ms Corrinne Cheesman, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Water Association.
“Emma is a rising female star of science in Australia and a role model for young emerging scientists across the country, especially in rural areas,” says Ms Margaret Shepherd, President of the Science Teachers Association NSW.  

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NSW Curriculum Review – A mixed bag

June 23, 2020

The Science Teachers Association of NSW welcomes the final report from the NSW Curriculum Review and its recommendations of reform that places students at the centre of teaching and supports deep learning.    

Margaret Shepherd, President of the Science Teachers Association NSW says “For too long teachers have felt under time pressure to deliver the extensive ‘dot points’ that form part of our current syllabus - there is solid evidence for change”       

“This reform will enable teachers to support students where they are at and spend the required time to ignite curiosity and nurture scientific thinking about the world around us”   

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Celebrating Brilliant Minds

November 2019

Science Teachers’ Association NSW President Margaret Shepherd tonight congratulates the winners of our 2019 Young Scientist Awards. The highlight award going to the 2019 team of 9 students who will represent NSW and Australia at the prestigious International Science Engineering Fair in Anaheim US.

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