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Update: The future of Science by Doing

There are exciting and imminent changes for Science by Doing. This website is going offline January 14, at 11.59 pm, and a new website will be online February 2022. Check out News and Events for more information.

Now available! Years 7 – 10 Science by Doing unit and assessments available as packages to download free as a single ZIP file.

Accessing the website

Welcome to the most comprehensive online website for high school Science Years 7-10 covering the Australian Curriculum. This site is free to all Australian students and teachers and presents science in an engaging, guided inquiry-based approach to lift student interest and understanding.

Click on the appropriate button above ‘Are you a student?’ or ‘Are you a teacher?’ and log in (or register).

For further information about the registration process see this video.

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For more information about the Science by Doing program click on the buttons below.

More information about Science by Doing

Read below to learn more about the Science by Doing program.

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. The curriculum units and professional learning modules are found within the website.

The purpose of Science by Doing is to improve science learning by:

  • Better engaging high school students through a guided inquiry approach
  • Supporting teachers with relevant resources using innovative technology

The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education through the National Innovation and Science Agenda measure Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM.


The history and future of Science by Doing is described in the following outline that shows what has been and what will be done.

Pilot 2007 - 2008 Proof of concept of inquiry science learning in high schools
Stage One 2009 - 2011
  • Five professional learning modules
  • Foundation curriculum unit
  • Professional learning approach
Stage two 2012 - 2013 Eight online curriculum units
Stage Three 2013 - 2016
  • Final eight online curriculum units
  • Seven online professional learning modules
  • Implement state based professional learning approach
Stage Four 2016 - 2018
  • Revision of curriculum units with student e-Notebook
  • Implement Teacher Education approach for universities
Stage Five 2018 - 2020 Improvements to the website and resources and developing a platform for formative assessment

Curriculum units

There are 16 curriculum units for years 7 to 10, plus a unit called Introduction to Science by Doing and a unit that scaffolds the skills needed for open investigations called Doing Science Investigations.

Science by Doing curriculum units are made of three distinct parts that work together to deliver rich learning experiences. The three parts making up each curriculum unit are:

  • Student Guide - designed as a reference for students. It contains instructions for each activity as well as stimulus questions and images.
  • Student Digital - a web-based resource for students linked to the student guide. It includes interactive activities and video and audio clips.
  • Teacher Guide - a comprehensive collection of teaching notes and information to assist teachers.

In addition, each curriculum unit is supported by activity sheets, an e-Notebook and an optional sample test.

Evaluation of Science by Doing

Science by Doing is an evidence-based education initiative that is guided by thorough research and evaluation.

In 2018 Professor Peter Aubusson and his research team from the University of Technology Sydney completed an extensive evaluation of Stage 4 of Science by Doing.

According to the evidence gathered from teachers and students the Science by Doing program has had a very positive impact on teaching and learning. Students said they enjoyed learning science using the Science by Doing resources.

A summary of the evaluation report is found here – UTS Evaluation Summary.

If you wish to download the full report click on UTS Evaluation Report 2018.

The methodology and findings of the evaluations conducted during Stage One can be found in these publications.

Evaluation of the Science by Doing Stage One Professional Learning Approach 2010 (pdf 1MB).

An independent report prepared by Professor Leonie Rennie of Curtin University.

Evaluation of Science by Doing Stage One (pdf 1MB).

An independent report prepared by Professor Leonie Rennie of Curtin University.