Where there’s smoke

Where there’s smoke
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This online resource simulates a smoke detector.

The resource is a Scootle resource that allows students to examine, on both a macro and molecular scale, the effects of adding and removing the radioactive element of a smoke detector, as well as the impact smoke has on the detector's operation.

The initial task asks students to write a short description of how the smoke detector works. The challenge section (at the bottom of the page) asks more detailed questions and would make a good homework or holiday assignment.

Additional Information

This resource is based on Flash technology and therefore will not work on the Apple iPad. It will also not work on the Chrome browser beyond December 2020.

Scootle is a program developed by Education Services Australia and is freely available to Australian educators. Use of the site's resources requires logging in via your local education network or by registering directly with the Scootle website.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically > ACSIS164
  • Year 9 > Science Understanding > Chemical Sciences > All matter is made of atoms which are composed of protons, neutrons and... > ACSSU177
  • Year 9 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims,... > ACSHE161