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MARCH 26 & 27, 2020











The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario is aware many educators have concerns if the Conference will be affected by the current labour dispute in Ontario.

The conference will still take place as planned on March 26 and 27 regardless of the current labour dispute in Ontario. Our association is an independent non-profit organization that offers self-directed professional development for our members and attendees. We advise our delegates to consider making fully cancellable travel arrangements in the event that they are required to alter their travel plans prior to conference. 

Our refund policy is that delegates withdrawing from the conference must do so in writing with the request postmarked at least 15 days before the conference. All documentation including receipts must be returned to the STAO office with the request for a refund. An administration fee of $10 (members) or $60 (non-members) will be deducted from all refunds. Non-members who pay the $60 handling fee shall be considered to have purchased a STAO membership for the following year. STAO may approve a refund if an exceptional circumstance arises. Exceptional situations include bereavement, major accidents, or illness in the delegate’s family. In the case of exceptional situations, the delegate shall provide a written request stating a reason and providing documentation for the situation. All documentation must be returned to the conference registration office prior to the first day of the conference. Refunds shall not be given for any reason in the case of bulk sales to school boards or any other institutions. Further questions can be directed to

Why attend?

What You Can Expect

At the STAO Conference you can expect the following experiences and resources

STAO Sharing Showcase

Teachers will share in a less formal and more interactive format, allowing for one-on-one interactions.


STAO Playground

The STAOPlayground lets you play, explore and connect with hands-on, authentic activities for your students!


Full Schedule

View the full list of available sessions from our English and French speakers across our seven strands!


Exhibit Hall

Delegates learn about the various types of products, services and information available to them through our exhibitors.


Join us for our Celebration Banquet on March 26, 2020

We celebrate our volunteers and award winners with a meal at the annual STAO Conference. Get your ticket today.

Experienced Experts

Our 2020 Featured Speakers

We’re excited to introduce this year’s engaging and experienced speakers

Dr. Janette Hughes

Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy, Professor and leader in Digital Literacies at the Ontario Tech University

Paula Reynolds-Hall

Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (InSTEM) connects Indigenous traditional knowledge and ways of knowing with westernized understanding of STEM.

Dr. Samantha Yammine

Samantha Yammine is a Neuroscientist, Digital Media Producer, and Science Communicator who earned her PhD from the University of Toronto researching how stem cells build the mammalian brain before birth and maintain it throughout adulthood. In addition to her doctoral research, Samantha co-authored a crowd-funded research study exploring the effects that #ScientistsWhoSelfie on Instagram can have on public perceptions of scientists.

Keeley Aird

Keeley Aird is the co-founder of STEM Kids Rock, a kid powered organization whose mission is to inspire, engage & empower the next generation of STEM leaders through early & often exposure to science. The STEM Kids Rock Free Mobile Science Centre empowers kids of all ages and abilities to teach their peers about STEM.

Dr. Eugenia Duodu

Eugenia Duodu is the CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning (, a charitable organization that engages youth from low-income communities in programs and opportunities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Eugenia Duodu is an award-winning chemist, who holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. She is an advocate for education and creating equitable opportunities for underrepresented youth to achieve their full potential. 

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Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, Toronto


March 26 & 27, 2020


Reserve your room at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre for the STAO group rate of $165 per night. The group rate is available until March 4, 2020. Don’t miss out!


The STAOPlayground lets you play, explore and connect hands-on, authentic activities for your students! The STAOPlayground is a great opportunity for you to share your successes, challenges and student impact by facilitating hands-on learning with STAO participants. We would love to hear from educators who might spark ideas on how to elevate student voice in science classrooms across the province.

At STAO2020, the Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Committees are so excited to welcome all of our attendees to the amazing STAOPlayground. We are going to be organizing a fantastic array of hands-on activities and thought-provoking inquiry-based experiences that you can use right away in your own classrooms. Teachers from both committees will be there to answer questions, to participate in the activities with you, and to engage you to think “outside-of-the-box”. Stop by for a visit or stay for awhile. As well, some of our committee members have been busy throughout the year working on a variety of projects and resources which will be showcased both at the STAOPlayground and in workshops.

STAO Sharing Showcase

At the Showcase, teachers will share in a marketplace-style setting.  The format is less formal and more interactive, allowing for one-on-one interactions.  What will be shared will provide participants a quick glimpse into an idea they might implement in their own class. “Ideas” will include displays, samples of student work, hands-on samples and interactive technology. 

Exhibitor Resources

Click below to access documents, tools and services for your use as an exhibitor. Please review these items as they will help you coordinate all booth details for the Exhibits Hall. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the STAO Exhibits Committee Chair, Janice Williams.

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