STEP-Up Biology Science Teachers Engagement Program

Step up Biology program

Date: Friday 20 November 2020
Location: National Marine Science Centre,
Coffs Harbour

Time: 9am– 4pm
Cost: $220 Lunch provided
Registrations open: 2 March 2020
Registrations close: 12 November 2020
Download: STEP-up Biology program flyer  

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Completing the 2020 Science Teachers Engagement Program – Biology (STEP-up Biology) will contribute 5.5 hrs of NESA registered PD addressing 2.1.2; 3.2.2; 3.4.2; 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

About the course

The STEP-Up Biology Professional Development course gives teachers the chance to extend and deepen their knowledge of the dynamic world of Biology with a Marine Science twist.

Held in our state-of-the-art research facility, this one day hands-on workshop aligns with the National Curriculum (Science; Biology) and is ideal for teachers looking to incorporate practical learning in the classroom.

The workshop includes talks by ocean research experts, hands-on lab activities, and opportunities for teachers to interact with their colleagues as well as Southern Cross University National Marine Science Centre researchers.


8:15 - 9:15am Check-in and welcome
9:15 - 10:00am Protostorming Activity (ASCBL001)
Expand your STEM creative skills through protostorming
10:00 - 10:15am Morning Tea
Evolution of data gathering for the 21st century (ACSBL003)
Marine Debris and its impacts (ACSBL028)
Climate Change and the marine environment (ACSBL028)
12:30 - 1:00pm Lunch - Tour for facility opional

1:00 - 3:00pm Workshops
Project Brine Shrimp (ACSBL032) 
Waterwise and water quality (ACSBL111)
Water quality analysis (ACSBL003)
3:00 - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea
3:15 - 4:00pm Decompression session:
Feedback/evaluation and networking

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