FÁILTE ROMHAIBH

The ISTA Annual Conference 2020 will take place in Explorium, on Saturday 8th February 2020. The conference will open on Friday 7th February in the Conference Hotel with Prof Aidan Moran as a keynote speaker. His plenary lecture will be "Staying Sharp: Practical Tips on Improving Your Memory and Concentration".

The theme of this year's conference is"From Junior Cycle Science to Leaving Certificate Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Issues and Challenges"All conference participants will also have the unique opportunity of trying out some of the activities in the Explorium.

The Opening talk on Saturday is "In Praise of Walking - The new science of how we walk and why it's good for you", by Prof Shane O'Mara (TCD).
 

After coffee, there will be a symposium on curriculum reform. Prof Áine Hyland will discuss curriculum reform, the "Hyland Report" & "Listening to the Voice of Science Teachers" who are at the coalface in the classrooms. There will also be updates from the Subject Development Convenors.
 

In the afternoon, there will a variety of workshops:

  • Demonstrating Inclusive Science

  • GLOBE citizen science: students measuring & acting on local air pollution"?

  • Climate Crisis: The World is on Fire - what can we do?

  • Sustainable Solutions

  • Science on Stage: drop-in

  • FUNdamental Biology: drop-in

  • iQuiz online assessment: drop-in

There will also be spot prizes for attendees, including family passes to Dublin Zoo, Folens hamper, signed copies of books and a mega prize worth €1000 called FUNdamental Biology - an individual or team-based challenge game with in excess of 1600 questions covering definitions and keywords from past LC exam papers.

Conference Hotel: Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown, Dublin, D18 NR24

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown is a short LUAS ride away from Dundrum and accessible to Dublin’s City Centre.

Conference Rates:

Room only rooms @ €109 
Single BB €12

Double BB €135

Triple BB €149
 

Rooms can be booked directly with the hotel – quote the ISTA on booking to avail of conference rates. Ask for Deena Marron

#ISTAcon2020

Sustainability in Science Education will be a main theme this year. Looking back at the Hyland Report on curriculum design and looking forward at the New Senior Cycle Science Syllabi/Specifications!

 

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FUNdamental Biology

An Individual or Team-Based Biology Challenge - created by Declan Finlayson PDST Associate

 

  • Revise 1 to 6 topics simultaneously

  • A game for up to 6 players

  • In excess of 1,600 questions/set

  • 4 Sets in the box (for a class of 24 students) 

  • All questions are Definitions or Keywords or from Past Papers

  • 55 topics covering LC Biology syllabus

  • Each topic numbered for easy sorting (if necessary)

  • Upgradeable to any changes in Syllabus

  • The teacher can be the Quiz Master or it can be played by Students

  • Questions are on a card with the Topic Number and Title on the reverse

  • CD with Templates also included

EVENT PARTNERS

ISTA

The Irish Science Teachers' 

Association comprises of active and retired primary and second level teachers with a keen interest in science education in Ireland.

DES

The Department of Education and Skills is a department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. The mission of DES is to facilitate individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland's social, cultural and economic development.

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Explorium

The majority of #ISTAcon2020 events will be held in Explorium

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Conference Hotel 

Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown, Dublin, D18 NR24

Sponsors & Exhibitors

 

 

AG Education Services

Better Equipped UK

Blackrock Observatory

CALMAST-WIT

CASTeL

CIT

CJ Fallon

Dublin Zoo

Edco

Educate.ie

Folens

Gill Education

IoP

Lennox

OCON Chemicals

PDST

RSC

SciFest

Science Solutions

Science Gallery

SEAI

Sentinus

Shaw Scientific

StudyClix

Timstar

USIT

WI5

EVENT PARTNERS