The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is a federation of eight state and territory Science Teacher Associations and strives to support science teaching through the development of innovative, contemporary and relevant programs, products and services.
Our mission is to promote the science teaching profession to the wider Australian community and to enrich science teaching through creative initiatives in partnership with government, industry and business organisations. ASTA offers a number of professional development programs, resources and opportunities for all Australian science teachers. These include publications, national science education conferences, and resources such as SPECTRA — a national science award program for Year 1–10 students, as well as international professional development opportunities.
One flagship activity of professional development for the association is CONASTA, the annual conference of ASTA. The opportunity to convene CONASTA is rotated among the STAs. The CONASTA program typically provides a diversity of lectures, workshops and excursions, plus national and international keynote addresses of interest to the general and specific science educator. CONASTA is also the occasion for the ASTA Council to meet and conduct most of its annual business.
The other flagship activity is the production of the ASTA National Science Week Resource eBook. This contributes to raising awareness of the value and relevance of science, technology, engineering and innovation in our daily lives to all schools across Australia. ASTA develops, promotes and disseminates a range of interesting information, resources and incentives to make it possible for schools from the remotest parts of Australia to the metropolitan hubs to be involved in National Science Week.
Another major program of ASTA is the Science ASSIST program, which maintains a website that provides teachers of science, and the lab technicians who support them, with assistance in the teaching of science in Australian schools at both the secondary and primary levels.
Please refer to our website for more information: www.asta.edu.au