[ASC-list] Climate Change, the Environment and Evolution - Primary and Secondary teachers workshop (15-16 June)

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Wed May 27 22:17:07 UTC 2009

Dear  ASCers,


If you know of teachers who might be interested in the following please
pass it on. There's 50% discount for student teachers and regional


Niall Byrne 

Climate Change, the Environment and Evolution - Primary and Secondary
teachers workshop (15-16 June)

It's the anniversary of Darwin's birth and of his theory this year. 


Explore what evolution means in a changing world. Find out how your
students can save the environment. Understand the reality of climate
change. Discover new curriculum resources from ASTA, the Academy of
Science, Bug Blitz and more. 


You're invited to a two-day workshop for teachers held as part of the
national Evolution Festival. It's on 15 and 16 June at Bio21 at the
University of Melbourne. 


Speakers include: 

*         Kim McKay, author of True Green Kids - 100 things you can do
to save the planet, and the marketing guru behind Clean Up Australia and
National Geographic's Genographic project. She will reveal practical
things students can do to confront climate change; 

*         Melbourne geneticist Phil Batterham , who will discuss the
increasing relevance of Charles Darwin in a warming world;

*         Zoologist Michael Kearney, who will try to predict the future
and the impact climate change will have on Australia's animals; 

*         Governor of Victoria and scientist David de Kretser, who will
answer every student's favourite question: Science - Why Should We Care?

*         Delese Brewster from ASTA, Soula Bennett from STAV, John
Caldow from Bug Blitz


Plus hands-on activities at the Museum, the Aquarium or with BugsBlitz
at the Carlton Gardens, and reserved seating to see Festival of Ideas
presentations on climate change by Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty,
meteorologist David Karoly and economist Ross Garnaut.


There's a 50% discount available for student teachers and regional
teachers off the full cost of $220 for this two-day event. 


For booking details and further information read on.


Do your students bombard you with questions about how they can save the
environment, why is it so hot or what is climate change? 

How well can you really help them to discover the answers?


At the end of this two-day workshop you will be able to help your
students answer these and many more questions about Climate Change, the
Environment and Evolution 


New curriculum resources

Delese Brewster from the Australian Science Teachers Association will
present ASTA's new hands-on resources for evolution and biodiversity.
These middle years resources are based on Charles Darwin's visit to
Australia, making them topical this year, the 150-year anniversary of
the publication of The Origin of the Species.


Integrating science and literacy provides many opportunities to enrich
the learning of students. Primary Connections aims to do this. Julie
Smith from the Australian Academy of Science will share the Primary
Connections materials on teaching materials on biodiversity and the


Insects are Fun! At least that's what the people at Bug Blitz think.
They have developed integrated arts-based teaching resources using
insects to explore the themes of biodiversity, the environment and
conservation. John Caldow will help us understand the impact the
slightest change can have on an eco-system.


Having trouble creating engaging science activities? The Monash Science
Centre will be presenting a range of activities that will enhance
students understanding of climate change and habitats.


Soula Bennett, winner of the 2009 BHP Billiton Science Teacher of the
Year Award, will be presenting ideas for teaching the concepts of
evolution, including using New Scientist's evolution supplement  (copies


All of the presentations are aligned to the VELS as well as the
developing national curriculum.



During the two days you will also hear from some of Australia's leading
scientists discussing the impact of climate change. 


Hands-on activities at the Museum, the Aquarium or with Bugs

Excursions can be a wonderful way of immersing students in a topic, but
how do you know if the excursion you plan will be relevant? We will be
giving you the opportunity to try one popular excursion destination out
before you bring your students. One morning Museum Victoria, the
Melbourne Aquarium and Bug Blitz (at Carlton Gardens) will be running
curriculum-focused hands-on activities for you to try out. The only
problem will be deciding which one you want to attend.



When:     June 15th & 16th 2009


Where:    Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute, The
University of Melbourne

   30 Flemington Road, Parkville 


Cost:         $220 (GST inclusive). 50% discount for student teachers
and regional teachers. To obtain the discount please enter either
promotion code ST001 (student teacher) or RT001 (regional teachers).


To register visit www.evolutionaustralia.org.au/teachers


Included in the cost:-

*        Conference bag with printed materials

*        Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

*        Transport to offsite venues

*         Tours of the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology
Institute during session breaks

*         Opportunity to reserve a seat at the Festival of Ideas
presentations on climate change by Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty and
other experts David Karoly and Ross Garnaut.


For all enquiries, please contact teachers at evolutionaustralia.org.au or
phone 03 8344 2363





Niall Byrne


Science in Public

26 Railway Street South, Altona Vic 3018


ph +61 (3) 9398 1416 or 0417 131 977

niall at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:niall at scienceinpublic.com.au> 


Full contact details at www.scienceinpublic.com


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