Nova Scotia Technology Education Association

K-12 Skills and Competencies for Tomorrow


October 26, 2018


Park View Education Centre 
1485 King Street
Bridgewater, NS  B4V 1C4

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Friday, October 26th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration and vendor time
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote:  Peter Vinall of Sustane Technologies
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break and vendor time
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session A
12:30 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. Lunch and AGM (1:00 p.m.)
2:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. Session B

Registration Information


Contacts:  Roddie MacRae -
                   Troy Messenger -

Fee breakdown:

Conference Fee - $50.00
Substitute/Retired - $20.00
BEd Students - No Charge
Technology Education Students - No Charge*

*Important note for Technology Education Students:  Online registration cannot be completed without payment; therefore, students who wish to register for the conference should contact the Registrar by email.  The email must contain your workshop selections (please indicate first and second choice for each session) as well as your contact information.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

KEYNOTE - Peter Vinall, Sustane Technologies

Peter Vinall (Co-founder/President)
Peter is a globally seasoned senior executive with over 35 years of experience in pulp, paper and bio-energy sectors. His deep engineering roots, formal business training (MBA), business start-up and turnaround experience continue to drive Sustane’s growth and development.

Workshop Descriptions

All Workshops are subject to change.

All Day Sessions – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A-1:  CNC Engraved Cheese board
Patrick O’Laughlin

This session is geared towards teachers (including O2) who are new to the woodshop. Participants will learn how to safely use the planer, table saw, miter saw and orbital sander to create a hardwood cheese board that may then be engraved with a CNC machine. Materials supplied, take home your creation,.
(maximum enrolment 10)

A-2:  Wood Burning
Chris Phillips

Hands on activity for grades 7 to 10 burning designs on wood with the aid of wood burning kits. With different burning tips it allows student to be creative as they design . Participants will be given a choice of numerous pictures to copy on a burning surface and burn. All day activity with one requirement, safety glasses.
(maximum enrolment 20)

Morning Sessions – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

B-1:  Welding for Beginners
Roddie MacRae

This session will go through the basics of electrical welding using MIG and Arc welders.  We will look at shop setup, equipment required, safety guidelines, materials, and applications.  Participants will be required to dress appropriately with long sleeves and long pants, no pouch hoodies, protective footwear.  If you have a welding helmet, bring it along. 
(maximum enrolment 12)

B-2:  Introduction to Python:
Craig Thornton
This session will provide an introduction to Python for those both new to coding and new to Python. All programs will be text based input and output (no graphics). Topics covered will include, but not limited to, output, input, variable declaration and assignment, decision making and loops. Participants will also be shown how to install Python and the PyCharm editor. The session will be hands on with participants creating programs to take back to their classroom.

B-3:  Filming and Video With a DSLR- Manual Camera Settings, Simple Lighting and basic editing with Adobe Premiere 
Troy Messenger
Capture video with a DSLR.  Learn the manual controls and optimal settings of the camera for video, as well as a simple lighting setup.  Learn how to offload video to a computer, create a new project in Adobe Premiere, add, trim and order videos, and finally to produce a finished film.
(Maximum participants 15)

B-4:  A new home base for you and your students
Apple Canada
The best way to learn is by doing and making. The Schoolwork app helps you and your students more effectively use the creative power of iPad. You can easily distribute and collect assignments, keep an eye on student progress in educational apps, and collaborate one on one with students from anywhere, in real time. It’s easy for students to use, too. Assignments automatically appear on their iPad, organized by class, due date, and priority. And Schoolwork helps you keep track of how everyone in class is doing — so you can tailor your teaching to the needs of each of your students.
Come join us and see how these two new Apps can change how you teach and how your students learn. 

Afternoon Sessions – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

C-1:  Technology Education
Scott Coleman
Find out what’s new and exciting in Technology Education at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  Have questions or ideas? Come get the answers and share your thoughts.
(Maximum participants 50)

C-2:  Skilled Trades Education 
Don Hill

Skilled Trades Education is offered through a suite of courses available at many high schools in Nova Scotia. This session will provide an update on the courses available and plans for expansion. Topics will include the philosophy behind the courses, the connection to the apprenticeship model, how Skilled Trades Education aligns with Technology Education, and how trades-related learning activities can be integrated into Technology Education courses. 

C-3:  Intermediate Python Coding: 
Craig Thornton

This session will cover more advanced coding topics such as lists (arrays) and graphical user interfaces. Participants will learn how to create a GUI window and have the program accept input from both the keyboard and mouse. The session will be hands on with participants creating programs to take back to their classroom.

C-4:  Video Editing with Adobe Premiere
Troy Messenger

Learn the basics of Trimming and Ordering video, Video Adjustments, Transitions, Titling, and Keying (Green Screening). Video Clips will be provided for your use in practice.
(Maximum participants 25)

C-5:  Skilled Trades Exploration Program
Mark Power

STEP is a program exclusive to Park View.  It has been ongoing for 16 years and has a close partnership with the NSCC.  A group of 15 students get their high school completion by completing all their academic requirements Monday - Thursday then spend every Friday working with Red Seal journeymen in several trades. You will get a chance to go through 3 or 4 shops to see the work of these students.


11. 3D Printing                                               Presenter - Greg Dalcourt

In this session, we will look at what it takes to practically implement a 3D printing unit in a Tech. Ed. class. We will look at budgeting and funding sources, projects that would work with the time that we have with students and the software that is required. Participants will have an opportunity to design something and there will be 3D printers on site for use and demonstration. We will also look at maintenance needs and basic use of the printers themselves.

12. App Your Game!                                         Presenter - Menna Riley

Menna will take educators through her presentation on how to use free design apps that she uses for her event clients - which you can then inspire and teach to your students. The main programs/apps combine the use of Floorplanner and MagicPlan. These programs each have a free-to-try version and you can decide to add them to your personal or school program. The session will benefit all teachers wanting their students to learn AutoCAD, Google Sketch-up, and other related technologies to interior design. Also, Menna will provide you with an assignment for in-class use and a list of other helpful Apps including; photoscape, finescanner, and logo design.

13. Reel Good  Fish’in Design Challenge      Presenter - Greg Scott

This sesson will provide your students with the opportunity in grades 7-12 to use various of household and natural materials, machines, and hand tools to design and build a DIY fishing pole that can be used on it’s own or for more complex students to mount their own reel. This pole will be put through a 2 1/2 - 5 lb stress test, a casting test, a components test, and a handle/grip test. Individuals or teams of 2 will have 20-25 minutes to build their fishing poles. The challenge will be judged by a panel of students who are avid anglers/fishermen. Teams will go home with a copy of the lesson and a prize for the winning design.

This session is a challenge based on the theme of Forged In Fire. "It will CUT ( "It will CATCH.................A FISH!")! Max 30

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You may register utilizing any email account.

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