If you are a science teacher seeking an exciting and hands-on professional development opportunity then OUASSA has just the opportunity for you.
Every year in January and July OUASSA runs Teacher Workshops alongside our student science camps. While the workshops are targeted at teachers from schools who have students enrolled for OUASSA, teachers from other schools are more than welcome.
Teacher workshops cost $475, this covers both January and July workshops and we cover your travel, accomodation and meal costs.
Summer Teacher Workshop: Mon 22nd - Thurs 25th Jan 2018
Winter Teacher Workshop: Tues 10th - Fri 13th July 2018
If you wish to join us or are interested in learning more about OUASSA then contact us.
2017 Summer Teacher Workshop
Alongside the summer student program OUASSA also ran the first of this year's Teacher Workshops, to help support teachers in their Science classroom teaching. Teachers attended hands-on full-day lab sessions in Chemistry, Physics, Genetics/Biochemistry, as well as seminars and shorter sessions in Lab Safety, Sport and Exercise Science, and Ag@Otago.
To break up the busy schedule teachers also attended a tour and dinner at the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head.
2017 Winter Teacher Workshop
The July OUASSA teacher residential workshop was an exciting four days of interactive professional development with lots of learning, resources and even some snow!
The teachers undertook various short interactive activities including `Earth and Space Science’ at the Beverly-Begg Observatory, Psychology and Food Science at University departments and a tour of the Anatomy museum. Day-long lab sessions in specialist senior science subjects and live on-line meetings with subject NZQA moderators were well reviewed.
The social program was also full of learning. `Dining in the Dark’ where the teachers learned alongside the students what it was like to be blind was fun and educational. The drinks and nibbles mixer with University of Otago researchers from Science departments was well attended and gave the teachers an insight into what it’s like to “do research science” at Otago. In all the program was very busy and teachers went home with a broad range of resources for both junior and senior sciences as well as new contacts and ideas to share with colleagues and apply in their classroom teaching.