New resources for school science education

The Australian Academy of Science’s two school education programs, Science by Doing and Primary Connections, have launched new interactive resources aimed at supporting teachers to lead inquiry-based science education in the classroom.

Three new Primary Connections units cover science material suitable from foundation to Year 4 and include a free downloadable PDF, assessment rubrics and new and improved introductory sections.


Three new interactive teaching resources, including two which are already available for purchase on the Primary Connections website, are designed to be used on interactive whiteboards or computers.

More information about the new units, professional development and other resources is available at the Primary Connections website.

Science by Doing is 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.

The program provides a practical way of implementing the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Science by Doing recently launched a number of new curriculum resources and has begun its program of professional development. For more information visit the Science by Doing website.

NYSF students visit The Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science once again supported the NYSF by hosting two interactive presentations during both sessions of the NYSF in January 2015.

“Being able to visit the heritage-listed Shine Dome, and learn about the role of the Academy is a unique activity for the students,” says NYSF Director, Damien Pearce. “We appreciate the Academy’s support and engagement with each year’s cohort.”

Dr T J Higgins spoke to the students about the history of the Academy, its members, and also the Shine Dome building.

Dr T J HIggins Academy of Science NYSF Session C 2015

Dr T J Higgins speaking to Session C NYSF 2015 students about the Australian Academy of Science


“The Academy Fellowship comprises about 480 of Australia’s top researchers from across the natural sciences, including two NYSF graduates – Professors Michelle Coote and Tanya Monro. We look forward to electing more former NYSF participants as they grow their love of inquiry, talent for research, and strong work ethic into successful careers in science,”  said Academy Chief Executive , Dr Sue Meek.

The Academy plays an important role in the promotion of science through the recognition of outstanding contributions to science, education and public awareness, science policy and international relations. It promotes and disseminates scientific knowledge and provides independent scientific advice for the benefit of Australia and the world.

It is recognised for its advocacy role through its work to develop and sustain a national scientific culture and provides valued independent scientific advice to assist policy development and program delivery.

In 2014, The Academy launched ‘Science by Doing’ 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.

A number of other resources are also available – visit

New resources for Primary Connections bring science alive in classrooms

Primary Connections and the Australian Academy of Science are pleased to announce the publication of three new units. As part of the development of these units, each unit was sent to over 20 schools for extensive trialling, and the feedback from teachers was taken into account in finalising the units.

Teachers have been asking for new units for some time, to provide alternatives to the existing suite of 31 units, to give them greater flexibility and choice in teaching primary science. Like the other units in the suite, these new units are fully aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

The three units are:

Growing well (Foundation) Biological Sciences

Bend it! Stretch it! (Year 2) Chemical Sciences

Magnetic moves (Year 4) Physical Sciences






Interactive Teaching Resources (ITRs)

In addition to the new print units we have now released on our website the first four of these our new digital resources, with a further six titles to be published before the middle of this year. Teachers will be able to purchase these directly from our website as downloadable files.

These new resources are designed to be used alongside our current print units, allowing teachers to work with interactive versions of all the student activities in the units using their interactive whiteboards. These brand-new, interactive, full-colour resources will help bring science alive in the classroom.




For more information about any of our titles please visit the Primary Connections website