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We still need many more schools to subscribe to Science ASSIST if we are to continue into 2022.

Although we reached the minimum number of Expressions of Interest required to enable Science ASSIST to continue in 2021, this has only allowed us to operate at a minimal level.

We need many new and existing subscribers to subscribe for next year in order to keep this important service operating next year!

CLE: 'What is a Connected Learning Experience (CLE)' video

This video describes what a Connected Learning Experience is.

Kate Dilger, Science ASSIST Teacher Support Officer, explains what a Connected Learning Experience is, outlines its components and describes how to 'unpack' one.

This video is an excerpt from Kate's workshop 'Science ASSIST - A STEM based approach to investigating in science' delivered at CONASTA 65 in Brisbane July 2016.

Quick links for Connected Learning Experiences

Links to the Science ASSIST Connected Learning Experiences (CLEs).

This document provides links to the Connected Learning Experiences (CLEs) that have been developed by Science ASSIST. It contains a table showing the relevant year level and the Australian Curriculum: Science strand.

Connected Learning Experiences (CLEs) are curriculum resources designed to support teachers implement learning experiences linked to the Australian Curriculum: Science that embody an inquiry approach to scientific investigations of natural phenomena.

Laboratory Notes: Preparing chemical solutions

There are a wide range of chemicals used in solution form for various experimental activities and demonstrations in the school science curriculum. These solutions are required in different strengths or concentrations based on intended activity.

These laboratory notes set out the main methods used for the calculation of and preparation of solutions.

Laboratory Notes: Phenolphthalein/NaOH agar cube experiment

Investigating the effect of cell size on diffusion (absorption) rate (speed) is a common investigation carried out by secondary students. It is modelled with a simple experiment using different-sized cubes of agar containing a pH indicator. 

These laboratory notes provide a method for producing Phenolphthalein - sodium hydroxide agar and directions for conducting the experiment. Safety considerations and waste disposal instructions are also included.

Laboratory Notes: Food Tests

Food testing is routinely carried out in senior biology classes. Students test a variety of food samples for carbohydrates, such as sugar and starch, lipids, proteins and vitamin C. These organic compounds react with specific chemical reagents to produce a visible and identifiable change.

These laboratory notes contain instructions for tests suitable for use in schools

SOP: Handling liquid nitrogen

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and detailed method on how to handle liquid nitrogen (LN2).

The SOP also contains instructions for performing a range of activities using liquid nitrogen.

The accompanying example risk assessment should be used as a guide only. Also users should consider risks and safety measures in their local environment before proceeding.

AIS: Microscope choices for schools

When choosing a microscope consideration needs to be given to the application, skill level of staff and students and budget. Microscopes range in quality and price and are used for different purposes.

This information sheet describes traditional compound, stereo and digital microscopes and includes suggestions for new photomicrography options and microscope alternatives.

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