AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Science Resources

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

This page looks at sites that have been developed in Australia. These resources have been developed by bodies from government, universities, schools, museums, Science associations, curriculum developers, media bodies and personnel, teachers, professional development suppliers and many other individuals. Now we also have those using technology to create material. Many with original resources.

There is now also a section covering international sources for a range of Science resources .

We have tried to ensure resources are free to use wherever possible.

Australian Sites

ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASSIST
    ASTA. 450+ resources. Select using the filters on the left. A Search Page is available here.
  • Resources & Publications [ASTA]
    ‘A list of resources currently available’. Some resources are fee-based.
  • ScienceWeb ASTA
    The association ‘has prepared 15 units of work to support teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum : Science as part of the Supporting the Australian Curriculum Online. The units are designed for students in years F-10’.
  • Updated ! Teaching Science
    ‘Teaching Science is a quarterly, digital-only journal of the highest integrity produced to support the members of the state and territory science teacher associations that make up the Australian Science Teachers Association’.
  • Science Educators’ Association of the ACT [SEAACT]
    You need to log-in to access many items. However, you can find information about their Science Fair from the home page.
  • Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Inc. - Resources
    ‘Journals, Classroom Resources, Online Teaching Series, Science Assist, Teaching Standards and Science Matters. Also check the Students and Professional Learning menu items for further help’.
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland - Resources
    Check the links, lesson plans, posters, journals and more. They also have a page of Links for Queensland Science Teachers which range from Primary Science through Astronomy to Sustainability and would be suitable for all teachers and students. The Competitions has an extensive listing of competitions suitable for students.
  • Science Teachers Association of Tasmania Inc. - Resources
    ‘All resources listed are available to STAT members’.
  • Science Teacher’s Association of Victoria Inc. - Links
    Science Education links in multiple sections including specific curriculum areas. Check other areas from their menu, e.g. Publications, Conferences and Student Activities.
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia
    Select Resources from the menu for multiple options including START Software Primary Science, SPICE Resources, STEM, Teachers Tool Kit and more. Teachers, Conferences, Student Activities and Shop [fee-based resources] for other options
  • South Australian Science Teachers Association - Resources
    ‘SASTA offers a comprehensive range of science resources for teachers and students. These resources include Study Guides, Workbooks and Text Books. Resources are distributed through schools, book shops and the SASTA Office’.
  • The Young Scientists of Australia
    ‘The Young Scientists of Australia [YSA] is a national organisation committed to promoting science and technology and helping young Australians to find the fun in it. If you’re between the ages of 14 and 25 and have a passion for science, then we’d love to have you’. Not a resource in the strict sense of the word but it could prove fascinating for those really into this area of interest and learning.
  • Working Scientifically [AISNSW]
    ‘Collection by AISNSW K-6 Professional Learning. Working Scientifically is one of the skills of the NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum : Science & Technology K-6. Resources and websites which support this skill are pinned to this board’.
  • Updated ! STANSW Young Scientist Awards
    ‘For Kindergarten to Year 12 students, Young Scientist offers worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or create an innovative device’.

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EDUCATION BODIES

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

  • Australian Curriculum Lessons - Science
    Aligned with the Australian Curriculum and grouped under year levels. 3 pages of links with the ability to select specific levels such as Year 3 Science Lesson Plans.
  • Australian Curriculum Science Educational Resources and Supplies [Teacher Superstore]
    130 [at time of update] ‘Australian Curriculum Science teacher resources and student workbooks to help you meet curriculum requirements’. Fee-based.
  • Updated ! Cool Australia - Science Resources
    ‘Teachers, educators and parents of any learning level can access our full library of free resources by simply signing up via our registration page. No payments, no strings attached. Our resources are created by teachers for teachers. They are curriculum aligned, easily adapted and create positive change through action-based education’. 825 options in the Science section [at time of latest update].
  • Curriculum Units [Primary Connections]
    ‘Primary Connections offers a suite of units across Foundation to Year 6 that fully align to all strands of the Australian Curriculum : Science. Each curriculum unit provides examples about implementing Primary Connections guided-inquiry teaching and learning approach. When units are brought to life by teachers, students engage in hands-on activities, opportunities for representation using multiple modalities, collaboration, reflection, self and peer assessment’.
  • Updated ! Education - RiAus
    [Australian Science TV]. ‘Get FREE videos, articles, resources and teacher tools all linked to the Australian National Curriculum to inspire and support your STEM teaching, anytime, anywhere. Scroll down for the latest content or search using keywords, topics or curriculum codes’.
  • Education Standards Authority New South Wales - STEM Support
    ‘Advice on programming integrated STEM; Unit mapping and cross-curricular collaboration; STEM syllabuses; Developing a STEM unit; Sample STEM units’.
  • FUSE - Science Resources
    Linked to Victorian Education and Training. You can filter the 5 000+ inclusions by Level, Resource Type, Relevance or change the way you see the listing.
  • Updated ! PlanIt Science Lesson Plans for the Australian Curriculum
    ‘Use our brilliant PlanIt Science Lesson Plans for the Australian Curriculum, featuring engaging activities and knowledge organisers. Our primary resources are teacher made and aligned with the Australian Curriculum, so you can trust them while saving on preparation time’.
  • Updated ! Saltwater Schools
    Marine Stewardship Council. ‘Explore ocean-themed education resources aligned with the Australian curriculum suitable for Years 5-10, including lesson plans, videos, fact sheets, games and activities. Take your students on a journey and discover what makes a healthy marine ecosystem, what bycatch means, coastal communities and the effects of and solutions to overfishing. Each quarter, we’ll feature the latest education resources, upcoming calendar dates, competitions and the very best ocean-related stories’.
  • Updated ! Science - Australian Curriculum Teaching Resources [Teach Starter]
    ‘The Australian Curriculum : Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives’. 739 options [at time of latest update] you can filter with multiple options. Check under Pricing to find access costs for various plans.
  • Science Resources - South Australian Dept. For Education
    Briefly annotated links to Science Resources, includes specific resources, associations and other relevant bodies.
  • Scootle
    ‘Scootle resources are currently aligned with the Australian Curriculum : Science. Use the filters below to refine the curriculum results shown by year level, strand, general capability or cross curriculum priority’.

OTHER SITES

AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

  • History of Australian Science
    ‘Australian Nobel Prize Winners, Historical Records of Australian Science, Biographical memoirs, Interviews with Australian scientists, information archives’ and more. Be surprised by how important many of our scientists have been and what they have discovered.
  • Immunisation, Climate Change and Genetic Modification
    ‘Previously known as the Q&A series, these booklets aim to contribute to the public understanding of the state of science, to improve understanding and address confusion created by contradictory information on big issues’.
  • Primary Connections
    Primary Connections : Linking science with literacy is a flagship primary school science program from the Australian Academy of Science. It is an innovative approach to teaching and l earning which aims to enhance primary school teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science’.
  • Science by Doing
    ‘Welcome to the most comprehensive online website for high school Science Years 7-10 covering the Australian Curriculum. This site is free to all Australian students and teachers and presents science in an engaging, guided inquiry-based approach to lift student interest and understanding’. You need to register to use this material. For further information about the registration process see the video on the site. Click on the item links to get more information e.g., Curriculum units, Teacher materials, … . The Resources [Science by Doing] section has a range of new resources for Years 7-10. Select using filters for Year, Strands and Types. Pre-2022 units can still be downloaded via the site.
  • Science Videos and Articles
    ‘We have strengthened our online presence - especially on Facebook - because that’s where people go for news, information and entertainment. We’ve also made our content more accessible on mobile devices and we’ve broadened our audience’. You could also subscribe to their YouTube channel.
  • reSolve Maths by Inquiry
    ‘reSolve provides curriculum-aligned teaching resources and professional learning materials to support teachers to promote a spirit of inquiry in school mathematics, from Foundation to Year 10’. After all, you need Maths for Science.
  • New ! Australian Earth Science Education
    ‘Australian Earth Science Education [AusEarthEd] has grown from more than 15 years of support for earth science education by Earth Science Western Australia [ESWA]. AusEarthEd brings together the enormous number of free resources available to enable and enrich earth science education in Australia through all of ESWA’s projects. Explore the content, presentations, hands-on activities, investigations, videos and interactives available for both primary and secondary teaching’.
  • Australia’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom [National Museum of Australia]
    Provides a Digital timeline from about 65 000 years ago. You can select Science and technology from the options, then click on the non-dimmed points on the journey. These lead to information activities for students to undertake.
  • Education – Powerhouse [Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences]
    ‘The Powerhouse offers a variety of curriculum-linked, onsite, and online education experiences for learners and teachers’.
  • For teachers and students - The Australian Museum
    ‘Through immersive and object-based experiences, the Australian Museum’s education programs and resources will help you and your students engage with our experts, collections and objects’. Examples of what are available include Virtual Excursions, Learning Journeys and outreach programs.
  • 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 [STEM]. Try these easy activities at home to spark their interest’.
  • Problem-solving Learning Kit
    Museum Victoria. ‘This STEM kit introduces students to problem solving using an engaging hands-on practical approach. All the Learning kits are cases filled with objects and a variety of learning materials that teachers can hire to engage their students with natural science and social history subjects. All kits are linked to the Victorian Curriculum’. The page above suggests suitability for Years 5-8.
  • Programs [Victorian Space Science Education Centre]
    ‘VSSEC programs provide a sensory-rich, hands-on, scenario-based science and mathematics experiences. All programs are embedded within the school curriculum and follow the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and VCE study guidelines’. There are 6 programs. They also have Teaching and Learning units in the Science area.
  • New ! Science Implementation [NSW Department of Education]
    ‘These live webinars and recordings support new syllabus implementation.’. Only available to staff.
  • School Programs and Resources - Scienceworks
    Select the desired resource using filters for Year level, Learning area, When [in the year] and Type. Includes Online, Museum-Staff-led, Self-directed activities as well as teacher resources. Museums Victoria.
  • 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’.
  • Science in the early years : Concept cartoons as monitoring tools
    ‘Cartoons can be used as a way of monitoring children’s developing understanding of concepts [‘concept cartoons’]. Cartoons provide a simple narrative in which two or more characters provide commentary or opinions about a phenomenon. There are four concept cartoons in this resource. Each concept cartoon provides a monitoring tool for finding out how children’s understanding about science concepts is developing’.
  • Science Teaching Resources for Schools [R.I.C Publications]
    ‘R.I.C. Publications offer a range of educational resources for science, including teacher resource books, worksheets and boxes that allow students to develop their understanding of key science concepts through a variety of learning methods’. Fee-based.
  • Updated ! Science Websites
    ‘This section contains 45 [at time of latest update] annotated links to web sites and online tools that provide learning and teaching support for science teachers’. Be sure to check the links on the top, right [e.g. Science Research] which connect to other annotated links in those areas. Victorian Education and Training.
  • Scitech : Science Exhibitions, Workshops, Shows and More
    ‘Explore Scitech and beyond. At the Science Centre - Workshops, Events, Planetarium, Shows, Experiences; At Home Experiments, Challenges, Inspiration’ and more.

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GOVERNMENT LINKED BODIES

  • New !2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
    Video showing the winners of the various prizes. Videos of these prizes are available for multiple years before this. [59:19.]
  • Updated ! Antarctica Education Resources
    Australian Antarctic Division. Multiple sections link to information and other resources including Activity Sheets, Books to Read, video series, webcam images, podcasts, Classroom Antarctica [Years 3-8], activity sheets and more.
  • Australian Space Discovery Centre
    ‘The Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of the space workforce with stories of innovation, curiosity and technology’. Specific pages include Learning Resources and New ! Digital Sessions’. The Centre is found in Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Updated ! Classroom Resources [Geoscience Australia]
    ‘We produce teaching resources for primary and secondary levels. Resources include background information, student activities, teacher guides, full-colour cut-out 3D models and posters’ as well as virtual exhibits.

CSIRO RESOURCES

  • Updated ! CSIRO - Education
    ‘A trusted leader in STEM education, our programs aim to inspire the pursuit of further STEM education among students and the community, to equip the emerging workforce with tomorrow’s skill sets and to strengthen collaboration between industry and classrooms across Australia’. Included in their offerings are the following :
  • CSIROpedia
    ‘Innovation shaping Australia and the world since 1916. Explore oral histories; Spotlight on … ; Featured Profiles; and watch videos from their archives’.
  • Updated ! Double Helix
    ‘The Double Helix team has a long-standing reputation for delivering expertly written, fascinating and fun science material for young people. Double Helix magazine is designed to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM) and promote critical thinking and literacy in school-aged children and teens’ You can also try their Double Helix Extra option which is ‘a FREE [each fortnight] email newsletter for students, teachers and anyone with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths’.
  • Education & Outreach Programs
    ‘We offer a range of programs nationally, all designed to bring real science to life in our classrooms and communities. All our resources are curriculum aligned and use best practice STEM teaching methods, catering for primary to secondary schooling and on to tertiary education and early career opportunities’.
  • Education Workbooks [ANSTO]
    ‘ANSTO provides secondary students with a range of learning resources for those interested in science or studying for exams. For teachers, ANSTO provides learning resources and professional development, as well as in-school-term science tours and online classes’.
  • Indigenous STEM Education Project
    ‘The Indigenous STEM Education Project aims to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM]. The project had a national footprint working with primary, secondary and tertiary students in remote, regional and metropolitan areas’
  • Science Image
    ‘Science Image is an image library specialising in science and nature images. It is presented by CSIRO. All images are free to download under a Creative Commons License’.
  • STEM Professionals in Schools
    ‘STEM Professionals in Schools is a national volunteer program that facilitates partnerships between schools and industry to bring real STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths] into the classroom’.
  • Sustainable Futures
    ‘The Sustainable Futures program is designed to support primary and secondary teachers working with students in Years 3 to 10. Teachers who register with the program receive free access to digital teaching resources which includes a variety of ideas and activities to support the teaching of sustainability and the environment in Australian schools’.
  • Updated ! Teacher Resources
    ‘CSIRO Education and Outreach offers a range of resources to support teachers in delivering STEM education’. In addition, you can also Register to trial their latest educational programs and resources.
  • New ! Digital Technologies Hub - Student resources
    ‘Get inspiration from other students, develop your skills and undertake a project or challenge. Students can learn to code and create using digital technologies. Learning about digital technologies allows students to create a digital game, a blog or 3D animation, or make a movie - Inspiring projects, Self-guides projects and activities and Student challenges and activities’.
  • Updated ! GBRMPA - Learn
    ‘The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and its national education centre, New !Reef HQ Aquarium, [you need to sign in through an account] offer an extensive range of educational resources and programs. These resources are curriculum-linked for all year levels, from early learning to Grade 12. Please click the drop down menus for more information on Reef Education programs and resources’. Related resource pages include Updated !Resources and Publications and New ! Reef Beat Series.
  • Learn About Meteorology [Students & Teachers]
    Bureau of Meteorology. Curriculum material, Weather Kit, Electronic Weather Monitoring, Other links, Scientists in Schools, SciCommunity outreach activities, Excursion information, Subject-specific experiments and activities, links to other Science related bodies in several states and territories, more.
  • New ! Questacon - Learn and Play
    The National Science and Technology Centre. ‘Discover things to do at home or in the classroom ! Get hands-on - experiment with everyday items. Discover stories of science and innovation - Activities and stories; Hands-on activities; Stories to read and watch; and Walks of Wonder’. There is also information about New ! Professional learning for educators plus much more.
  • Updated ! STEM Education Resources Toolkit
    The Department of Education. ‘The National STEM School Education Resources Toolkit aims to help teachers, school leaders, industry partners and others deliver high quality STEM initiatives in schools. The Toolkit is an interactive online resource’.
  • The STARportal
    ‘By offering the most comprehensive collection of STEM activities and providers, the STARportal is the go-to place for families to discover local STEM activities for the children in their lives and for providers to find partners with which to collaborate. Families - Find fun STEM based activities in your local area for your children. Teachers - Search the STARportal to find local STEM education activities for your school’.

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OTHER RESOURCES

ABC - SCIENCE

  • ABC Science
    ‘Explore by Topic, News in Science, In Depth, Dr Karl, Ask an Expert, Bernie’s basics, Quizzes & Games, Teaching Science’. Links to series, weekly newsletter, Science Quizzes, more. Check the bottom of the page for a detailed listing of sections. Resources include the following :
  • Science Features
    Short print news articles, often with links to to further information. Topics cover all areas of Science.
  • 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. To be a virtual paleontologist and dig for megafauna fossil bones online, you can play the Oz-fossils Pitfall Game. New !  > Click here’.
  • Sleek Geeks
    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer. YouTube Channel. Mainly Sleek Geeks programs, but with a number of additional presentations with either presenter.
  • 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 teachers’. Tricks, conundrums, Demos [including PDF downloads with full instructions], lesson plans, videos.
  • Aboriginal knowledge for the Science curriculum
    Creative Spirits. ‘The Western view alone limits students. Aboriginal knowledge enhances science education with examples of Aboriginal science. Aboriginal Knowledge; Aboriginal science; How can Aboriginal Knowledge help teaching science ?; Examples of Aboriginal science; Video : Why is Indigenous science important ?; and Resources’.
  • New ! RACI [The Royal Australian Chemical Institute">
    ‘Welcome to the new RACI website. Packed with helpful information, awards, schools resources and competitions, career development and networking opportunities’. For help check the New !Resources and New !Schools pages.
  • New ! Creative Science Australia
    ‘Creative Science Australia is a Sydney-based science communication business offering hands-on science workshops for preschools, live science shows for primary schools and special events and expert science communication services. It has a focus on communicating science to children’. Their Resources page has compiled links to a wide range of science resources and sources, a majority of which are Australian.
  • Dr Karl Podcasts
    An answer looking for a question. A wide range of podcasts about science from Dr Karl. Articles, videos, podcasts, books and more.
  • Fizzics Education
    150 ‘free science experiments for classrooms and home [multiple topics]. There are also links to good science websites’, projects, quotes & sayings and much more.
  • Itute.com - Free VCE Physics Resources
    ‘Free physics exams and solutions, physics lessons, physics notes and physics summary sheets’. Summary sheets and others date to 2021. Multiple inclusions in each section.
  • 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 downloaded here.
  • National Science Week
    ‘In-person and online events, virtual tours, DIY science and more, all across Australia’ during National Science Week in August each year.
  • 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’.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS

  • Australian Multimedia for Physics Students
    Resources, Lesson Plans, Links, more. Click on Modules in the menu at the top then select from the options. Years 11 and 12. Check the other sections for further resources. University of Sydney.
  • Updated ! Gene Technology Access Centre - Learning Resources [GTAC]
    ‘Designed to assist in your understanding of the big ideas in the life sciences’. Multiple filters [Topics, Levels, Type of Resource] available to help narrow your search for specific items.
  • Updated ! Gravity Discovery Centre - Teacher Resources
    This is the Education and Resources page. Be sure to scroll all the way down to access the full range of Excursions, Incursions and Teacher Resources. Some are specific for WA teachers, as it is based in Western Australia.
  • HP3K Analyst
    YouTube presentations done for a secondary teacher by her husband. These are mostly Science but also some other areas.
  • Science Experiments
    Kidspot. ‘These simple but educational science experiments will keep any child entertained’. Well over 100 to choose from.
  • WEHI-TV
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. ‘WEHI.TV explains discoveries at the frontier of medical research through accurate and entertaining 3D animation. Explore our library of animations, images and GIFs or filter your search by topic’.

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OTHER RESOURCES

  • Experimentary with Dr Rob - Science that’s online and hands-on
    ‘Experimentary is filled with engaging curriculum-based science experiments including lesson plans and reporting tools. It’s the perfect platform to help teachers and parents plan and illustrate science principles, oversee student-driven experiments and track comprehension’. Check the pricing for schools or home access which covers a year long access.
  • Updated ! Resources – Home Education Network
    Select Science from the subject listing to access a wide range of links from both Australia and other countries.
  • 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.
  • New ! TES - Lesson Resources [Australia]
    Filter the material offered using the selections at the top of the page, then filter a second time for resources in either general Science [e.g. Primary] or Science areas such as Chemistry and Biology [e.g. Secondary. Fee-based but reasonable.
  • Updated ! The STARportal - Find an Activity
    ‘Search for events, programs and activities in your community’. 931 resources listed at time of latest update. A mix of free and fee based.
  • Updated ! 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. ‘The Ideas for Teaching Science : Years P–8 materials [print, CD-ROM and website] describe activities that focus on major science ideas appropriate for the primary and early secondary school years. They have been developed over many years’ experience with Deakin University science methods units and have been used by students to plan activity sequences that explore and engage students’ conceptions in a range of topic areas’.
  • Updated ! Teaching Resources - Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges Guide
    Charles Darwin University. ‘Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges Guide : Teaching Resources’. Scroll down to access a number of Science resources, as well as maths resources, books and more.
  • Updated ! Physclips : Mechanics [With Animations and Film Clips]
    UNSW. Funded by the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching. A prize winning site. ‘Kinematics and dynamics are presented here in multimedia, at introductory and also 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’.
    Recommended !
  • PrimeSci ! Science Education
    ‘Primary school incursions, Family Science Nights, School Holiday Workshops, Labrats Science Club,’ and more. Swinburne University. Also check the link at the PrimeSci ! Webinars page which has a range of webinars from Toys in Motion [Prep to Grade 2] to Plastic Fantastic [Grades 5-6]. PrimeSCI! also has links to Monash University.
  • School Science - Biology
    University of Queensland. Biology Topics. Table of Contents [click on letter for details] and Biology Files. Text with some diagrams. Note the warning with some topics regarding school/parental permission. Part of the larger School Science Lessons. ‘Free to download for educational purposes. School science experiments and investigations in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, Weather Studies and Agriculture projects for primary and secondary schools’. There is also an extensive page of website links. Very plain presentation but content makes up for this.
  • Updated ! Science Outreach
    University of Sydney. ‘Explore the wide range of events and activities run by the Faculty of Science. We’ve got everything from public talks, HSC revision and school activities, to teaching resources’, Sleek Geeks and more.
  • 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 !HSC Booster Days and professional development activities.
  • Science Resources for Teachers : University of Western Australia
    ‘Here you will find a range of online materials developed by our teaching staff at UWA’. Grouped for Years 1-6, Years 7-10 and Years 11-12. There are also More Teaching Resources and Useful Links to further resources.
  • Updated ! Teacher and School Resources
    University of Adelaide. Digital technologies education; Information sessions and activities; Book an activity; Resources for teachers; STEM Academy; Energy, mining and resources school outreach program and more.
  • Updated ! The Santos Science Experience
    ‘The Santos Science Experience is a fun 1, 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students in the 2022 program year. Each program is 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. The program takes place in over thirty-five universities and tertiary institutions’. For details regarding these, check the Conference pages where date, details and place are included for each.

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International Sites

RESOURCES

  • Updated ! 35 Online Resources for Fantastic Free Science Videos for Kids and Teens
    ‘Teachers know that the easiest way to understand new concepts is to see them in action. But you can’t always do hands-on experiments or demos in the classroom. Plus, some things just aren’t possible - like a trip to outer space or a deep dive into the ocean. That’s when you need a good source of free science videos. Our picks include short and long options for students from pre-K through high school. Enjoy the show ! Instagram videos are terrific when you’re short on time. They’re all shorter than ten minutes and many are even briefer. Use these free science videos to introduce a lesson, illustrate a point, or as bell ringers to get class started’. USA.
  • Adobe Education Exchange
    A different approach to involvement in Science, e.g. Design an Infographic about natural selection. Use the filters on the left to direct your search. USA.
  • British Science Association - Education resources
    A range of resources includes CREST, STEM Projects Toolkit and more. UK.
  • Classroom Resources [National Science Foundation]
    ‘A diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students and students’ families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly find resources in your interest area and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities’. USA.
  • New ! Earth How - Learn Earth Science
    ‘Want to learn Earth Science ? You’ve come to the right place. Pick a topic from the following : Atmosphere, Biology, Career, Geology, Space and Water’. Specific topic units are provided for each of the major topics. USA.
  • Education.com - Science Help & Resources
    Over 2 500 items are included in their resource listing. Filter by Grade, Subject and Topic. You need to join to gain full access. Rates appear reasonable and were reduced. USA/International.
  • Education World - Science
    An extensive listing of Lesson Plans, some of which are linked to the Next Generation Science Standards [see below]. Everything from How Plants Grow to Hurricane Watch !. You can also find more resources at their Science Subject Centre. USA.
  • New ! Frontiers for Young Minds : Science for kids, edited by kids
    ‘An open access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of kids and teens. As a result, Frontiers for Young Minds provides a collection of freely available scientific articles by distinguished scientists that are shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers’. USA.
  • JoVE Science Education
    ‘A video library dedicated to teaching the practice and theory of scientific experiments through engaging and easy-to-understand visual demonstrations’. USA.
  • New ! Khan Academy - Science
    Units in Science cover a number of areas and are listed at different levels beginning with Middle School and going up to College level. Select from options available with each group. International.
  • K-12 STEM Resources : A Complete Guide
    Three major sections covering What is STEM ?, K-12 STEM Career Prep and STEM Learning Opportunities. The third section lists a number of sites which may provide additional avenues for learning. USA.
  • Learning - Science Museum
    The At School or at Home section [scroll down the home page] includes Resources for the Classroom, Objects and Stories and Games and Apps. UK.
  • Updated ! MadSciNetwork - The 24-hour exploding laboratory
    ‘MadSci Network represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. For good measure we provide a variety of oddities as well. Quick Index, Archives [36 000 answered questions], MadSci FAQs, Random Knowledge Generator, MadLabs, MadSci Library ’ and much more. USA.
  • NASA
    ‘The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration’. In addition to its other functions, it also provides a wealth of resources in the whole area of Science. A number of these are listed below. USA.
  • Education
    ‘Whether you are a student completing an assignment for school, an educator who wants to bring real-world examples into the classroom, or just an insatiably curious science buff, you are sure to find what you are looking for here’. Examples include Maths and Science @ Work and Mission X : Train Like an Astronaut.
  • Education Resources
    Includes topics such as ‘NASA Education Resources and Opportunities, Space Helmet Challenge, Earth, Can You Hear Me Now ? and Food for Thought’.
  • Hubble Space Telescope Resource Gallery
    ‘Images, Videos, Articles, eBooks, Learning Resources, [Recursos en Español], Wall Murals and Activities’.
  • Imagine the Universe !
    ‘This site is intended for students age 14 and up and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. If you’re looking for grade school level astronomy information, please see the StarChild web site. Enjoy your cosmic journey !’
  • Updated ! Teach – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    ‘Bring the wonder of space to your students. Explore our universe of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities and resources’. Filter options are provided to narrow your search for a specific activity or topic.
  • Visible Earth
    ‘A catalogue of NASA images and animations of our home planet. Browse by Source and/or Collection’ to filter the vast collection of around 50 000 images.

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  • Updated ! National Geographic Kids - Science for Kids
    ‘Do you dream of becoming an astronaut, engineer or naturalist ? Then you’re in the right place ! Our science for kids section is bursting with incredible science facts about the way our world works. From Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Natural History, you’ll discover some incredible secrets, awesome theories and explore some bonkers experiments in our super science for kids’. One of several versions designed for different countries, this one is geared primarily for Australia. USA.
  • NESTA - Teaching Resources
    Information about resources plus visual links to specific topics, e.g. Geology. These include a range of interactive tools, even a free open textbook. Multiple Earth Science topics are included. USA.
  • Neuroscience For Kids
    ‘ Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. 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’. USA.
  • Newton’s Apple [PBS]
    ‘The program answered basic science questions from viewers with hands-on experiments and field trips’. Though over 20 years old it still contains material that is valid and worthwhile to use. USA.
  • Next Generation Science Standards
    The Instruction and Assessment page provides information, but you can access resources direct [easiest I found] via the Quality Examples of Science Lessons and Units page. They also have a Virtual Science Education Resources page which looks quite interesting. The Standards information itself is also interesting to read. USA.
  • Updated ! PhET Interactive Simulations
    University of Colorado. ‘PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. We extensively test and evaluate each simulation to ensure educational effectiveness’. Select Simulations from the top menu to select specific Science areas [plus Maths] while the Teaching link gives you information and tips about using the simulations. USA.
  • Resources - Primary Science Teaching Trust
    ‘A wealth of resources to support teaching, learning, assessment and subject leadership in primary science, all completely free as digital downloads’. There are also fee-based resources available available through TTS. You should also check the now free to download CPD Training Units to see if they are of value. UK.
  • ScienceAlert : The Best in Science News and Amazing Breakthroughs
    The latest alerts [as close as 1 hour before] and trending alerts. You pick specific sections of Science [e.g. Physics] to only see those alerts. Click on the alert and you expand to get a full news item from one of many world sources. You can even Get ScienceAlert stories delivered to your inbox. International.
  • Science for Kids [NZ]
    ‘Science Topics, Facts, Experiments, Games, Quizzes, Videos, Lessons, Projects, Fun Stuff, Images’. You can also choose material by using the Topic links at the bottom of the page. Children would enjoy these science activities. New Zealand.
  • Science Materials for Teachers - OpenSciEd
    ‘Access the Instructional Materials’. Grades 6, 7and 8 plus some units on Covid. Note : Not all materials on the site are available outside the home country with home-based teachers required to register for full access. USA.
  • New ! Science Education [PBS North Carolina]
    ‘Explore natural phenomena and scientific practices with videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools’. Earth and Space Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Practices and Nature of Science, also Instrumentation, Measurement and Units. USA.
  • Science Educational Resources - Govt. of Canada
    ‘Activities, lesson plans, videos and more to help youth learn about science and technology’. Canada.
  • Science in the Special Education Classroom : Plant Life Cycle
    Autism Classroom Resources. A second unit, the Updated !Butterfly Life Cycle Unit : Science Unit is available along with many other resources from the Science Special Education Worksheets & Teaching Resources by Teachers pay Teachers. USA.
  • SSI - Resources for Educators
    ‘As we develop and evaluate each of our education products, we engage scientists, K-12 teachers and experts in constructivist learning theory. This helps to ensure scientific accuracy, pedagogical soundness, and practicality of use in the classroom’. USA.
  • New ! STEM Teaching Resources [NIH]
    ‘The free K-12 STEM education materials on this site are provided by the institutes and centres within the National Institutes of Health [NIH] and NIH grantees, including Science Education Partnership Award [SEPA] recipients. The external links from this site provide additional information on the resources’. USA.

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SCIENCE WEBQUESTS

Many can be used as they exist however, if not entirely suited, they may be useful in helping you create similar webquests that do directly address the topic you are planning to work with.

  • Create WebQuest
    More than 1 200 webquests covering all areas of Science [even Science Fiction]. Titles provide indicators of topic and education level. Many contain video clips [YouTube]. USA.
  • Examples of WebQuests for Science [Edutopia]
    ‘WebQuest supports critical thinking through analysing, creating and evaluating. Also, it integrates technology into learning and fosters cooperative learning. Included are examples of WebQuests in a science classroom’. USA.
  • 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’. International.
  • Matter - Science Webquest
    Step-by-step instruction, video at the completion of the steps. Four other webquests linked from the site. Accessing the detail will lead to another site which has another section on aspects of Chemistry which may also be of use. USA.
  • QuestGarden.com
    Where webquests grow. The lessons created on this site are available for use by educators everywhere. A free 30-day trial of the lesson creation tools is available and a 1-year subscription that offers additional features costs only $9.95’. 800+ webquests. USA.
  • Science Web Quests
    About 90 Web Quests collated with briefly annotated links. TeAchnology. USA.
  • New ! UniServe Science : What is a WebQuest ? A WebQuest is …
    an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with’. A Slideplayer [PowerPoint format] presentation which provides a clear statement of what is involved, even including references to educational theorists. USA.
  • Zunal
    ‘Zunal is a free web-based software for creating webquests in a short time without writing any HTML codes’. You can click on Science from the menu on the left or go direct to Updated !Zunal Science WebQuests page. One example from Australia is Australia’s Natural Disaster Webquest. More than 2 500 at time of inclusion. Other subject webquests also available’. USA.
  • Smithsonian Science Education Centre
    ‘Explore our Curriculum and Resources’. Filter available options using the Type [Webcast to Apps], Grade [up to Grade 8] and Topic [Engineering Design to Physical Science] options. USA.
  • Updated ! STEM Teaching Tools
    ‘The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and maths [STEM]. Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them. You can find Updated ! STEM Teaching Tools [Full Set]. USA.
  • Tools for Teaching and Learning - The Exploratorium
    ‘Science Snacks, Science Activities, Watch and Do Science, Learning Toolbox, The Tinkering Studio [not only Science], Exploratorium Websites and Exploratorium Apps [free]’ and more. USA.
  • Understanding Science - How science really works
    ‘We’ve assembled a variety of resources to help you increase student understanding of nature and process of science. To improve your own content knowledge, explore Understanding Science 101. To gear up for teaching, explore the following sections : New !Prepare and plan, New !Find lessons and tools, New !Teaching Guides and especially New ! Educator voices, where you can hear how teachers and other educators are using Understanding Science resources’. University of California at Berkeley. USA.
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