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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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More information about Science by Doing

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:


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.