Some online resources for Science teachers

* 2018 National Science Week runs from 11–19 August: – the school theme is Game Changers and Change Makers.
The focus by ASTA (Australian Science Teachers’ Association) this year will be on people who are making great changes to the way we live – including scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, designers and innovators of the past and present – not just famous scientists!

Each year, ASTA produces a resource book to support and assist teachers in providing engaging science activities for their students. The 2018 resource book for Game Changers and Change Makers will be an e-book available in April 2018.
Go to: asta.edu.au/programs/natscienceweek
The book will be inspired by three events:
• 2018 being the International Year of the Reef (and so will look at coral reefs and the scientists who study them),
• 2018 being the 40th anniversary of the birth of the first test tube baby (so fields such as genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology will be investigated), and • 2018 being the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (so it will look at genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics) .

Plan to participate in this annual event, so that your students can enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of Science. Why not celebrate 2018 National Science Week by going on a Science excursion?
For example, you could go on a Beyond the Thrills fun park excursion to Luna Park Sydney on 10, 13 or 17 August 2018.



Around 1000 events take place around Australia during National Science Week each year – and are offered by universities, schools, museums and science centres. Around 160,000 people take part in school activities. Schools around the nation celebrate this week by organising and participating in a diverse range of activities and events to enthuse their students’ interest in science and to encourage them to become fascinated by the world we live in.

The National Science Week website at: www.scienceweek.net.au/schools/ will soon be listing many scientific displays, events, debates and a myriad of science shows for National Science Week, targeting children to adults, science amateurs to professionals.

* 2018 is still a part of the UN Decade on Biodiversity – that runs from 2011–2020.
Science teachers should promote activities that encourage our living in harmony with nature. Education is essential for the sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity and its conservation. Our survival on Earth depends on the maintenance of biodiversity in all ecosystems.

(All links were last accessed January 2018)