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Science Resources

Due to current circumstances, this page has been updated but will no longer be added to or maintained until further notice.

Resources for all areas of Science including Chemistry, Biology and Physics. There is coverage for Science Fairs, experiments, and links for other Science strands.

This page looks at sites that have been developed in Australia, many with original resources.

Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.

Australian Sites

ABC Science

  • Updated ! ABC Science
    ‘Explore by Topic, News in Science, In Depth, Dr Karl, Ask an Expert, Bernie’s basics, Quizzes & Games, Teaching Science, Events’. Links to series, weekly newsletter, ABC Science Widget, more.
  • Updated ! Climate Change
    Multiple topics, each with videos. Years for which these are suitable are included with each topic. Splash.
  • Updated ! Science Features
    Short print news articles, often with links to to further information. Topics cover all areas of Science.
  • Updated ! OZ Fossils
    ‘In Australia scientists are exposing secrets that lie hidden in our ancient rock. Explore with us at least some of the amazing Oz-Fossils’.
  • Sleek Geeks
    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Adam Spencer. YouTube Channel. Mainly Sleek Geeks programs, but with some addition presentations for either presenter.
  • Updated ! The Surfing Scientist
    ‘The Surfing Scientist is really Ruben Meerman. He has an arsenal of science tricks up his sleeve - check out the tricks and lesson plans for teacher’. Tricks, conundrums, Updated ! Demos [including PDF downloads with full instructions], lesson plans, videos.
    Highly Recommended !
  • Updated ! Top 10 National Science Week education resources on Splash
    ‘Here are our top picks’.

Associations, Curriculum

CSIRO

  • Updated ! Education
    ‘CSIRO offers science programs and resources for schools, special events around Australia and a great range of at-home science for all ages’. Included in this area are the following :
  • Updated ! Building Teacher Capacity
    ‘Further develop your capacity to deliver quality science education through our teacher professional development opportunities’.
  • Updated ! Community Engagement
    ‘Engage with CSIRO by checking out our Discovery centre, telescopes, science bootcamp, open days and much more’.
  • CSIROpedia
    ‘Explores some of CSIRO’s greatest innovations and discoveries across the decades’.
  • Updated ! Double Helix Science Club
    ‘A huge array of games, events and activities awaits you ! Be catapulted into a world of science fun !’ You can also try their Science by Email option.
  • Updated ! Indigenous STEM Education Project
    ‘There are six program elements to the project, which caters to the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and into employment’
  • Updated ! Programs
    ‘Help make science and maths even more fun and engaging !’ A number are listed here.
  • Updated ! STEM Professionals in Schools
    ‘a national volunteer program that facilitates partnerships between schools and industry to bring real STEM into the classroom’.
  • Updated ! SCOPE
    ‘Fast, funny and informative scientific entertainment for children age 8-12 years’.
  • Updated ! Sustainable Futures
    ‘A program for schools committed to tackling climate change. The educational resources offer a range of ideas and activities for the early, primary and middle years of schooling’.

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Education Departments, Boards, Museums, …

  • New ! education Standards Authority New South Wales - Science Resources
    Sample activities and unit, developing a unit, advice on programming and more.
  • New ! Fun science activities for children and parents
    ‘Encouraging children to have fun with science is a great way to introduce them to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Try these easy activities at home to spark their interest’.
  • Updated ! Little Science
    Museum Victoria. ‘This collection of teacher support and student resources will assist early learners in exploring scientific concepts and developing an understanding of biology, physics and earth and space’.
  • New ! Programs [Victorian Space Science Education Centre]
    Check the listings on both pages. You can refine by Category and/or Year. They also have New ! VSSEC Programs which ‘provide a sensory-rich, hands-on, scenario-based science and mathematics experiences’.
  • Resources [NSW Department of Education]
    ‘These sample units are not exemplars but a sample of what could be developed to implement the syllabus in an early primary stage setting’. Similar resources can be found by going back to the main Science page, selecting a different Stage level and then selecting Resources from the menu on the right.
  • New ! Science by Doing [Australian Academy of Science]
    ‘A comprehensive online science program for Years 7 to 10 available free to all Australian students and teachers and supported by award winning professional learning modules and a research based professional learning approach’.
  • Updated ! Science Websites
    ‘This section contains links to web sites and online tools that provide learning and teaching support for science teachers’.
  • Scootle
    A wealth of resources grouped under years, then topic groupings and headings.

Multimedia Presentations

  • New ! Australian Academy of Science - YouTube
    Extensive range of material including YouTube presentations suitable for various education levels.
  • Australian Multimedia for Physics Students
    Resources, Lesson Plans, Links, more.
  • Gene Technology Access Centre - Learning Resources
    ‘Designed to assist in your understanding of the big ideas in the life sciences’.Multiple filters available to help narrow your search for specific items.
  • HP3K Analyst
    YouTube presentations done for a secondary teacher by her husband. These are mostly Science but also other areas. Another collection in a different area is already listed.
  • Updated ! Science Alert Features
    Multiple presentations involving video and text. Ranges from current scientific events to fun Physics.
  • Updated ! Science Experiments
    Kidspot. ‘Find easy science experiments now with easy to follow step by step instructions’.
  • Science for Kids [NZ]
    ‘Fun Experiments, Cool Facts, Online Games, Activities, Projects, Ideas, Technology’.
    Quality site !
  • WEHI-TV
    3D animations developed by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Other Government Bodies

  • 2015 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
    Short videos about the winners of various prizes.
  • Updated ! AUSMEPA - Australian Marine Environment Protection Agency
    ‘Provides free educational resources on this website to help teachers plan and undertake a unit of work about key marine environmental issues, including climate change and stormwater pollution. To find out more about the Updated ! KISS - Kids Investigating Sea Solutions, check here.
  • Updated ! Australian Academy of Science - Education
    PrimaryConnections, Science by Doing, Interviews with Australian Scientists, Nobel Australians, Nova : Science in the news, links to related information.
    Primary
    All Highly Recommended !
  • Classroom Resources [Geoscience Australia]
    ‘We produce teaching resources for primary and secondary levels. Resources include background information, student activities, full-colour cut-out 3D models and posters’.
  • Updated ! Cuberider
    ‘Give your class the chance to participate in their very own space mission that launches to the International Space Station through the Create for Space educational program. Choose the modules you would like to teach your students. The program is currently being run in core science, computing and maths at all year levels. It can also be run as an elective course or extra-curricular activity’.
  • Education Resources
    Australian Antarctic Division. Annotated links to resources.
  • Enviro Active
    ‘Resources to help your students learn about Victoria’s habitats. From Parks Victoria as well as other leading government, research and environmental organisations’.
  • Updated ! Fizzics Education
    ‘Free science experiments for classrooms and home. There are also links to good science websites’.
  • Updated ! Gravity Discovery Centre - Teacher Resources
    This is the Teacher Resources page. Be sure to scroll all the way down to access the full range of material. Some are specific for WA teachers.
  • Learn About Meteorology
    BOM. Excursion information, Weather Kit, Electronic Weather Monitoring, Subject-specific experiments and activities, links, more.
  • Resources for students and useful contacts
    ‘Students and others can find information on climate change for use in assignments, projects, essays and research. Includes reliable sources of information to better understand climate change and links to Australian Government climate change initiatives and international sources’. Environment.gov.au .
  • Science Teaching Units
    GBRMPA. ‘The science teaching units cover a range of Reef related topics from Year 1-10’.
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  • Water Education Resources
    Scroll down to Water Education Resources where you will find several packages related to water and the environment. Environment.gov.au.

Other Sites

  • Australian Curriculum Lessons - Science
    Aligned with the Australian Curriculum and grouped under year levels.
  • Chem Ed Central [RACI]
    ‘Active in the area of chemical education at the schools level with a basket of benefits that will assist schools in the provision of chemistry education to pupils’.
  • Dr Karl Podcasts
    A wide range of podcasts about science from Dr Karl. Drawn from a variety of sources.
  • Geoscience Pathways
    ‘Student work and teaching resources can be uploaded and browsed by year level. Information about study, training and career pathways can be found on our various partner pages’.
  • I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here !
    Similar to the same activities which have been running in the UK for much longer.
  • Itute.com - Free VCE Physics Resources
    ‘Free physics exams and solutions, physics lessons, physics notes and physics summary sheets’.
  • Updated ! Johnno’s Science - This Week in Science
    Run by a Science Support specialist in WA. Has clips, videos, more. Being further developed to match the primary National Science Curriculum. Worth visiting.
  • New ! Lesson Plans for Teachers and Students [Education World]
    ‘More great lesson ideas and articles in our Science Subject Centre’.
  • Magical World of Crazy Science
    ‘A delightful mixture of visual magical science demonstrations that teaches a wide array of science concepts. Totally unique show that will have children spellbound’. The Teacher Resource Kit is able to be read here.
  • New ! Neuroscience For Kids
    ‘Discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system. There are plenty of links to other web sites for you to explore’.
  • Programs in Science for Gifted and Talented Students
    Australian Science Innovations. ‘Provides a definition of the meaning of gifted and talented, an overview of the various models that have been developed to guide teaching and learning for gifted and talented students, a brief outline of some significant extension opportunities available for these students, and useful links for further information’.

School Resource Listings

Science Webquests

  • New ! Glencoe Science : Web Quests
    ‘Integrate the power of the Web with these inquiry-oriented student learning activities’.
  • New ! Inside the Earth : Plate Tectonics Webquest
    ‘This webquest will take you through a review of the Earth’ s structure. When you come to an underlined link, click on it. The link will take you to another web site that will provide you with information on the section topic’.
  • New ! Science Web Quests
    More than 100 Web Quests collated with briefly annotated links. TeAchnology.
  • New ! Science Kids
    ‘Science Topics, Fun Experiments, Cool Facts, Online Games, Activities, Projects, Ideas, Technology’. New Zealand.
  • Spacetime - Astronomy Education
    ‘Space, Science & Educational Toys and Merchandise. The mobile planetarium and telescopes are a fantastic resource and especially suited to remote and regional students’. Western Australia.
  • TES - Science [Australia]
    Some 90 resources, viewable using several filters.
  • New ! The STARportal - Find an Activity
    ‘Search for events, programs, and activities in your community’. 600+ listed at time of entry. A mix of free and fee based.
  • Woodside Australian Science Project
    ‘Aims to produce support packages for the Earth Science component of the Australian Curriculum, filled with hands-on activities for students and with teacher support materials’.

Universities & Institutes

These are resources for primary and secondary education developed by Australian universities and other institutes. They range from lessons to in-school presentations.

  • Ideas for Teaching Science : Years P-8
    Deakin University. Overview of the process and a series of topics from Air & Flight to Working Scientifically.
  • Physclips : Mechanics With Animations and Film Clips
    A prize winning site. ‘Kinematics and dynamics are presented here in multimedia, at introductory and also at deeper levels. Individual video clips and animations are suitable for use by teachers, while students may use the whole package for self instruction or for reference’.
    Highly Recommended !
  • PrimeSci !
    Primary lessons, Junior Secondary Science Outreach, School Holiday Programs, SCI-epo, more. Monash University.
  • School Science Experiments
    University of Queensland. Text with some diagrams. Note the warning with some regarding school/parental permission
  • School Science Lessons
    ‘Linked to UNESCO.org and free to download for educational purposes. School science experiments and investigations in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, Weather Studies, Agriculture projects for primary and secondary schools’. Also has an extensive page of website links.
  • Science Outreach [UNE]
    ‘Science Outreach events and activities aim to deliver educational, research-led programs to the wider community, including primary, secondary and tertiary students, teachers, and the general public’. Includes areas such as Updated ! Far Out Science [Years 5-10] and HSC Booster Days and professional development activities.
  • Updated ! Science Outreach
    University of Sydney. Includes School Activities, Science Alliance, Teacher Resources, Public Events, everything through to Sleek Geeks material.
  • Updated ! Teachers and School Resources
    University of Adelaide. Schools resources [including classroom activities], e-Science Magazine, Work Experience opportunities, more.
  • The Science Experience
    ‘Three days of hands-on science in universities and tertiary institutions for Year 9 and 10 students. Designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work’.

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