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Science Resources

Resources for all areas of Science including Chemistry, Biology and Physics. There is coverage for Science Fairs, experiments, and links for other Science strands. Also check pages in Science. Unless otherwise stated they are free.

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

Australian Sites

ABC Science

  • 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.
  • Science Features
    Short print 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’.
  • Sleek Geeks
    ‘Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Adam Spencer. They take to the ABC TV airwaves with a couple of other geeks, Yumi Stynes, Ruben Meerman and Dr Stephen Bosi to answer some fascinating scientific questions we encounter regularly in everyday life’.
    Highly Recommended !
  • 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, Demos [including PDF downloads with full instructions], lesson plans, videos.
    Highly Recommended !
  • Top 10 National Science Week education resources on Splash
    ‘Here are our top picks’.

Associations, Curriculum

CSIRO

  • 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 :
  • Building Teacher Capacity
    ‘Further develop your capacity to deliver quality science education through our teacher professional development opportunities’.
  • 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’.
  • Do-it-Yourself Science
    ‘Try your hand at classic experiments and activities from CSIRO’s Double Helix !’
  • 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.
  • Programs
    ‘Help make science and maths even more fun and engaging !’ A number are listed here.
  • Scientists in Schools
    ‘Promotes science education in primary and secondary schools, helps to engage and motivate students in their learning of science, and broadens awareness of the types and variety of exciting careers available in the sciences’.
  • SCOPE
    ‘Fast, funny and informative scientific entertainment for children age 8-12 years’.
  • 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’.
  • TechNyou
    ‘Provides high school science teachers education resources relevant to the Australian Curriculum covering the fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology’.Now archived at Trove. Provides 3 locations where access is open to the public

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Education Departments, Boards, Museums, …

  • Board of Studies New South Wales Science Links
    Links on Simulations, Applications, Experiments, Physics Links, Chemistry Sites, New Science Sites, General Science Sites.
  • Fun and Educational Websites for Kids
    Annotated links to sites for science concepts. Other subjects also included on this page. Levels and specific aspects of language are provided. Scroll down to this area.
  • Learning and Teaching Support
    DET, Victoria. Ebook Boxes, digital learning, Science Centres, resources, organisations, incursions/excursions, websites [multiple sections], more.
  • 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 ! Resources [NSW Department of Education]
    ‘These sample units are not exemplars but a sample of what could be developed to implement the syllabus in a primary school setting’. Similar resources can be found by going back to the main Svcience page, selecting a different Stage level and then selecting Resources from the menu on the right.
  • Scootle
    A wealth of resources grouped under years, then topic groupings and headings.
  • Websites for Educators [Victorian Space Science Education Centre]
    Check the listings under “Resources” and also at the bottom of the page. They also have a Resource Search available here. Filter by selecting from the Category options.

Multimedia Presentations

  • 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.
  • Science Alert Features
    Multiple presentations involving video and text. Ranges from current scientific events to fun Physics.
  • 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.
  • 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 website units of work click here’.
  • Australian Academy of Science - Learning
    PrimaryConnections, Science by Doing, Interviews with Australian Scientists, Nobel Australians, Nova : Science in the news, links to related information.
    Primary
    All Highly Recommended !
  • Updated ! Australian Water Education Toolkit
    ‘Find hundreds of water education resources. The Toolkit will assist teachers and schools across Australia to access national, state, territory, regional and urban water resources’. Environment.gov.au.
  • 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’.
  • 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’.
  • Fizzics Education
    ‘Free science experiments for classrooms and home. There are also links to good science websites’.
  • 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.
  • Science Teaching Units
    GBRMPA. ‘The science teaching units cover a range of Reef related topics from Year 1-10’.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • Teaching Resources for Climate Change Education
    ‘Links provided on this page will guide teachers to appropriate activities and resources on the topic’.

Other Sites

  • Australian Curriculum Lessons - Science
    Aligned with the Australian Curriculum and grouped under year levels.
  • New ! Chem 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’.
  • Energy Savers
    Lessons and activity ideas. ‘An energy efficiency resource for teachers and students’. Origin Energy.
  • 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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 New ! Teacher Resource Kit is able to be read here.
  • 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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’.

School Resource Listings

Science Wikis

These science wikis have been developed to meet the Australian Curriculum Standards.

  • Animal Classification and Information Report Writing, A Blogging Journey
    ‘An edublog [by Joanne Villis] for Science for my Year 3 class. It was designed to teach students about referencing/blogging/animal classification. Although only students from my class can post blogs, teachers may like to use the site because it has videos and links to interactive/information sites’.
  • My Place in Space
    ‘The original unit of work was created by Primary Connections and adapted by Joanne Villis [2011]’. Year 3 level. Includes Unit Plan, activities, visual animations, IWB downloads and more.
  • Sounds Sensational
    ‘The original unit of work was created by Primary Connections and adapted by Joanne Villis [2011]’. Year 1 level. Includes Unit Plan, activities, visual animations, IWB downloads and more.
  • The Heat is On !
    ‘This wiki was created by Joanne Villis as a free Educational Resource for teachers and students’. Year 3 level. Includes Unit Plan, activities, visual animations, IWB downloads and more.
  • Weather and My World
    ‘Based on the Primary Connections Unit, “Weather in my World”. This unit is designed for The Foundation Years [5 year olds and is linked to the Australian National Curriculum. Contains SMART Notebook resources’. Created by Joanne Villis.

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 comes to Life
    ‘An interactive program of activities that uses real-life scenarios to identify the ways in which scientific principles contribute to human physiology. All the activities use the NSW syllabus for Chemistry, Biology and PDHPE as a reference. We’re inviting High Schools to participate in the program’.
  • Science Outreach
    University of Sydney. Includes School Activities, Science Alliance, Teacher Resources, Public Events, everything through to Sleek Geeks material.
  • Teachers and Parents
    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’.
  • Uniserve - Development Portal
    This is presently in transition to a new version. Some sections of the previous version are available as archived pages while some new pages are underway.

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