In trials teaching Einsteinian physics in schools, our most astonishing discovery was that children were not astonished: they just took the ideas in their stride.
Studying chemistry can take you into many careers, from an analytical chemist to a forensic scientist and even an environmental consultant.
Students picking their subjects for Years 11 and 12 need to understand that science can be useful in a wide range of future jobs.
Water urns become bioreactors with this clever design.
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To truly understand their discipline, students need to interact with laboratory equipment. They must both fail and succeed at running experiments.
Can lab coats lead kids to feel more like a scientist?
In order to get more young people to see themselves as future scientists, researchers argue that it helps to outfit the students with a simple article of clothing: a lab coat.
Will NSW physics students learn what these lines represent?
NSW’s proposed new rigorous physics syllabus refocuses on the fundamentals, but it’ll require investment in teaching skills so all students can benefit from it.
The language that’s spoken in science classrooms is very different to every day English – even mother tongue English speakers may struggle because of this.
We view school science as largely a practical subject, but pupils must understand the language of science – which is often very different from every day language – if they are to excel.
Western Sydney needs a science centre such as Questacon to help engage young people with science, technology and engineering.
A science centre in Western Sydney would help young people engage with science and promote STEM in Sydney’s fastest growing region.
Chief scientist of Australia Professor Ian Chubb during his address to the National Press Club in Canberra.
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Science matters and is important for Australia’s future but there is evidence mounting that we are falling behind the rest of the world.
What’s holding girls back at science?
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Schools need to do more to protect both girls and boys from society’s gender stereotyping.
What’s the use of this?
Lab Science Career
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Do we get marked for this?
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These young migrants and refugees could one day become leading scientists.
The Office of the Chief Scientist has released details of a new “visionary leader” role to champion science with education and industry. The new role is part of the Chief Scientist’s mission to bolster…
Chief Scientist Ian Chubb says more children should be taught the scientific method.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Ian Chubb says teaching the scientific method to secondary school children could shift the discussion on climate change, by ensuring people can distinguish between belief and…