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Specialist Professional Development for

Science Teachers and Laboratory Technicians

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a series of in-depth training sessions at our new premises in Knoxfield. We expect this will be a great opportunity for teachers and technicians to get a solid background in the topics being presented. The emphasis will be on explaining how our novel education resources can be used, and showing you the best way to prepare and integrate them with your science teaching activities.

Each session will run from 1:30pm to 4:00pm with refreshments, notes and product samples provided to all participants. A nominal charge of $28.00 payable by credit card, per person (payable at the time of booking) applies to cover catering and consumables. If your school does not have the flexibility of a credit card, please contact us to make an alternate arrangement. For these bookings the cost will be slightly higher, $38.00, to accommodate the extra processing work involved with a non-credit card transaction.

Our next training session will be held on Thursday, 23rd March 2017, on the topic of Practical photosynthesis activities.

Photosynthesis is a key component of middle year science as well as senior biology, but it is an abstract subject that is considered "one of the most difficult topics to teach" [1]. At least part of the difficulty is that there are very few reliable experiments that can dispel students' misconceptions and build a foundation for learning.

This workshop will present some experiments that are simple to set up and easy to scale for classes of any size. Join us for some practical hands-on experience with variegated leaves, water plants and alginate balls containing algae.

1. Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, S. Koba and A. Tweed, NSTA Press, 2009, p.120.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.