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.

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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 https://www.science.org.au