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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.

Safety updates complete. Check out News and Events for further information.

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

More information about Science by Doing

Change is on the horizon

The website is going offline January 14, at 11.59 pm, and a new website will be online February 2022.

Science by Doing has consulted with secondary teachers across states, territories, systems, and sectors to explore needs and we learned a great deal.

We are committed to meeting the changing needs of Australian students and teachers and having delivered high quality online resources for more than eight years, it is timely that we review and renew the program.

In response to the review and feedback, we are excited to share that the program will undergo a digital transformation in the coming year. Our digital transformation presents new opportunities for the program and will coincide with the review of the Australian Curriculum and to optimise technological advancements.

What's happening?

You and your students will continue to have access to materials on the website through to January 14, 2022. We are committed to providing support up to and after this date.

Date

What changes?

What you can do

9 November

2021

  • No changes to the website
  • You will receive this update of Science by Doing's digital transformation for information

 

  • Continue to use the website
  • Share news of update with colleagues
  • Look out for next update (16/11/21) that will enable you to download each Year 7 - 10 Science by Doing unit and assessments in a convenient single ZIP file

16 November

2021

  • Each Year 7 - 10 Science by Doing unit and assessments available as packages to download free as a single ZIP file
  • The function of some learning objects and hyperlinks in the PDFs may be affected
  • Student digitals unavailable
  • Articles on Teacher Information page streamlined
  • Professional learning modules unavailable
  • Download resource packages for 16 curriculum units, Years 7 -10, and articles, Science by Doing mapped to the Australian Curriculum and the NSW Syllabus, available until January 14, 2022
  • Share news of download capability with colleagues
  • Look out for reminders in December and January

15 January

2022

  • Resource packages no longer available to download
  • Check the website for news and announcements

February

2022

  • New website is online!
  • Check out the new website with links to new resources, professional learning opportunities and other materials

 

 

Our journey onward

Over the coming months we will continue to consult and keep you updated via the Science by Doing website, newsletters, and email.

Science by Doing is a longstanding program of the Australian Academy of Science. It was created to deliver a contemporary secondary science program, designed to meet needs of teachers and students of science in the 21st century. We are dedicated to delivering high quality resources and serving the needs of teachers.

All future developments will continue to use the sciencebydoing.edu.au domain.

Please email sbd@science.org.au with your questions.

Safety updates completed (May 2021)

Hands on investigations are engaging for students and can support deep learning.

Whilst safety information is included in Science by Doing, we acknowledge and respect the teacher's role and responsibility to assess and manage risk, and monitor safety aligned to individual school guidelines. The Australian Academy of Science, in collaboration with Australian Science Teacher Association (ASTA) and the Australian School Science Information Support for Teachers and Technicians (ASSIST), undertook an in-depth review of Science by Doing, with emphasis on safety and risk relating to practical activities.

Attitudes to safety and what constitutes appropriate risk are dynamic and change constantly. Risk needs to be continuously re-assessed, guidelines and policies reviewed to keep individuals safe. This has guided Science by Doing's Safety review and has informed relevant updates.

All curriculum units were part of the review and were updated April to June 2021. Please get in touch if you have any queries.

Science by Doing New Developments (April 2020)

Science by Doing is in Stage 5 (2018 – 2020) of development and delivery. Based on teacher and student feedback and an independent evaluation by the University of Technology Sydney in 2018, the program’s curriculum resources are being further developed to take advantage of the changing digital landscape. Here are some changes you will notice:

Branding

All resources are now branded with the Science by Doing logo for ease of recognition when resources are copied and adapted. In addition, all resources are marked as Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA 4.0).

This means you may copy and redistribute Science by Doing material in any medium or format. You may remix and transform the material for non-commercial purposes and give appropriate credit to Science by Doing. See our Copyright and Terms of Use.

Curriculum mapping and core activities*

There are 16 individual curriculum units in Science by Doing and each activity is mapped to the Australian Curriculum: Science with the content descriptions relevant to each activity listed in both the Lesson Plan and the Unit at a Glance documents.

Core activities are identified in each unit that allow comprehensive coverage of the Australian Curriculum: Science and ensure the total teaching time for all core activities is 25 hours or less. This will provide greater planning advice for teachers constrained by limited time to teach science.

Science by Doing can be accessed on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone)*

All Flash and Java applications are being removed from the Science by Doing website and replaced with HTML5 applications or alternative learning activities to ensure that Science by Doing is accessible to all devices.

Sample tests enhanced*

Sample tests have been enhanced where possible with questions drawn from the Science Education Assessment Resources (SEAR). Marking schemes list beside each question the activities being assessed. Teachers can choose the makeup of the test according to which activities they have taught. All sample tests and marking schemes are available to teachers on email request.

Formative Assessment Platform

As part of Stage 5, Science by Doing developed a digital tool for to provide assessment feedback during a curriculum unit for students and teachers. The platform is fully integrated within the current website and was successfully trialled in Term 4, 2019.

*Year 7 and 8 units will be published April 2020 and Year 9 and 10 units published June 2020.

Leading science educator's achievements celebrated

Colleagues, friends and family met at the Australian Academy of Science in June 2018 to celebrate a lifetime of achievements in science education by Professor Denis Goodrum, who has retired.

He served the Academy in various leadership roles over the last 26 years and played a pivotal role in shaping science education and curriculum development in Australia and overseas.

Professor Goodrum was most recently Executive Director of Science by Doing, a comprehensive online science program for Years 7 to 10 funded by the Australian Government and available free to all Australian students and teachers. This ground-breaking program is used by two-thirds of Australian science teachers and many thousands of students, stimulating interest in science and providing teachers with resources and professional learning to teach creatively and effectively while meeting curriculum requirements.

‘I think the resources and the whole Science by Doing program is quite literally the best resource available for interactive and meaningful science teaching. I wanted to thank you and your team for designing everything in this magnificent set of curriculum activities.’ Maths and science teacher, Queensland.

Professor Goodrum started with the Academy in 1992 after many years teaching and researching science education. He led the project that developed the Academy’s curriculum resource Primary Investigations, the forerunner to the current Primary Connections: Linking science with literacy program.

Over the past two decades, in addition to developing primary and high school programs at the Academy, he has led science education research teams and collaborations in the US and Australia, was made Dean of Education at the University of Canberra, and advised the Australian Government on the future of science education.