Nova Scotia Technology Education Association

Skills and Careers


Conference registration will open:
NSTU Members - Monday, September 16th at 9:00 a.m.
Non-NSTU Members - Monday, September 23rd

October 25, 2019


Sir John A. Macdonald High School
31 Scholars Road
Upper Tantallon, NS
B3Z 0C3

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Friday, October 25th

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration, social and vendor time
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Introductions and Keynote:
Kayleen McCabe
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:  Andrew Seymour and Craig Thornton -

Fee breakdown:

Conference Fee - $90.00
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 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

KEYNOTE - Kayleen McCabe


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.

AD-1:  Pallet Furniture
Chris Phillips & Terry Ryan

A classic woodworking project, Chris and Terry will take participants through a pallet furniture project where you will build something to be proud of! This all-day session will have you working in the woodshop, so dress appropriately.
(maximum enrolment )

AD-2:  Trades Exhibition Hall
Trades Exhibition Hall
The Trades Exhibition Hall is a comprehensive opportunity for students to experience trades like masonry, painting, plumbing, and carpentry through hands-on experiences. This all-day session will have participants at the Hall taking part in the same activities that students typically do. Teachers with CBL courses should see what a great opportunity this facility provides to students in a class trip.

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

A-1:  Arduino
Adam Conner & Derek Smith

Join Adam and Derek as they take you through turnkey lessons on coding with Arduino boards. In cooperation with the AVRCE, they are developing a series of lessons for teachers to use, and they will take you through one of those during this session!
(maximum enrolment )

A-2:  Apple
Pierre Smith & Ed Plante


A-3:  Blender & Video Game
Chad Wadden

Have you ever wanted to see the pipeline to create a videogame? This session will explore two topics - 3D animation in Blender 2.8 and Game Design in Unity. Both software programs are free. Blender is an open source program that has made advances in the last 10 years and is considered one of the programs used in blockbuster films and TV and game asset creation. This session will demonstrate how to make a simple character, how to create a rig (skeleton), and create simple actions (idle, walk, run). You will have ample time to use the software and see what you can create. In the end, you will receive video tutorials that you can use to continue on your learning for you and your students. More details to follow. Follow @MrHWHSTech for upcoming details.

A-4:  Bulding a Digital Presence
Suzanne Greenlaw

Suzanne will take you through her course-long project in Communications Technology where students create all the core components of their own business- website, ads, etc. The perfect resource for teachers with digital tech ed courses like Design 11, Communication Tech 11 or Multimedia 12

A-5:  Canon Canada
Stewart Naylor

Stewart Naylor from Canon Canada will be running morning and afternoon sessions on integrating photography in Digital Tech Ed for both Middle and High School courses. If you register for this session, he will be reaching out to participants in the weeks leading up to conference to find out the sorts of content you would like to have covered.

A-6:  Gamification of Curriculum
Adam Hinton

Adam Hinton will introduce ways of making courses more ‘gamified’. He will show you how you can introduce games to your curriculum to increase student engagement and make learning fun!

A-7:  Google Apps
Kris Jones

Enjoy sessions on Google Apps where a presenter will take you through shortcuts, tricks and tips. Chromebooks will be provided, but feel free to BYOD to make this session more effective. Prior to conference day, participants will be contacted asking for input on specific topics they wish to have covered during these sessions.

A-8:  O2 / Co-op
Kim Duncan
Kim Duncan, the HRCE guru of Community Based Learning will talk about a variety of topics including CBL resources, experiential learning ideas and integrating the curriculum with your courses. A great opportunity for teachers with CBL courses to sit down with one to the province’s experts!

A-9:  Toolbox Challenge
Craig Thornton, Kilah Hayden and celebrity guest host Kayleen McCabe

A great activity to take back to your own school! Participants will be given a design problem to solve and a specific set of tools and materials to solve it. Education through competition. The only way a session like this gets better is if you sign up with a friend and laugh your way through it!

A-10:  CNC
Kendall Black

Join Kendall for a session on CNC routing. Kendall will speak to his experiences and lessons he has using CNC and will take this group step-by-step through getting an idea digitized and cut out of wood! If you have a CNC machine that is not being used at your school, this is the session for you!

A-11:  Skilled Trades
Ian Wilson & Steve Chase


A12:  NSVS: Nova Scotia Virtual School Teachers Networking Meeting
Andrew Seymour

For this session, NSVS teachers from around the province are invited to join the NSTEA to network and learn. A meeting room will be provided for teachers to share, discuss and run self-directed PD for this two-hour block. After, join us for lunch and an afternoon session!

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

B-1:  See A-1
B-2:  See A-2

B-3:  Digital Design and NS Skills Competition
Chad Wadden & Skills Canada Girls
Many of our course curriculum look at Photography, Video Production, Graphic Design, 2D/3D animation. and Web Design. Over the last few years, we have had a modest increase in interest in NS Skills competitions. This session will talk about how to get you and your students involved. The session will include Coordinators for NS Skills and well as Coaches and past student competitors to talk about how to get involved, how to become a coach and how to create a Learning community among educators to help grow NS Skills.

B-4:  3D Design in Sketchup
Brian Shay

Brian will take you through the web-based version of Sketchup ( where teachers and students can design for free on any device, including Chromebooks! This software is a great resource for anyone with courses where students might need to design a product, but computer lab space is limited

B-5:  See A-5

B-6:  Digital Formative Assessment
Adam Hinton

Adam Hinton will take session participants through a variety of digital tools to help with formative assessment in the classroom. Sites include Pear Deck, Flip Grid and Quizzizz. These sessions should be great for classroom teachers of all grade levels to improve your assessment practices?

B-7:  See A-7
B-8:  See A-8

B-9:  Integrating Masonry to Skilled Trades
Ian Wilson

Skilled Trades Education is offered though a suite of courses available at many high schools in Nova Scotia. This session will provide an update on the courses available and ideas to expand student learning to include a broader range of certified trades exploration. 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.

B-10:  Tool Sharpening
Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson from the Dalhousie Agricultural College Engineering Program will take you through the tool sharpening process for a variety of tools- from saw blades and chisels to drill bits. Don’t miss this session- Chris has a great knowledge of woodworking processes which makes for an engaging presenter.

B-11:  R2-D2 CNC
Brad Watt

Join Brad for a demonstration of a student built, life size R2D2. During the session Brad will discuss and / or demonstrate the free software used to both CNC machine and 3D print the parts for R2D2.

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