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ANSTO scientists have released a selection of their research data for use in the classroom. The data is sourced directly from real scientific investigations. Each data set is accompanied by a worksheet that can form the basis of a series of classroom activities. Teachers can email the Discovery Centre (education@ansto.gov.au) for a copy of the answers. 

Monitoring air pollution and traffic density in Sydney
Smog over Sydney CBD

 

ANSTO Environmental Researcher Scott Chambers uses a naturally-occurring radioactive gas called Radon-222 to trace sources of pollution in the atmosphere. This data set contains hourly observations of meteorology, trace gas pollutants, Radon-222 concentration and traffic density collected from Western Sydney University (Richmond campus) in 2016. 

Data file (Excel spreadsheet)

Student worksheet

Historic greenhouse gas concentrations from Antarctic ice core sampling
Gas in ice

ANSTO Physicist Andrew Smith collaborates with international scientists to study historical greenhouse gas concentrations from Antarctic ice core samples. This data set contains temperature records and concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane from the last 800,000 years. 

Data file (Excel spreadsheet)

Student worksheet

Aligning Taipan, one of ANSTO's neutron scattering instruments
Monochromator in a neutron diffraction instrument

 

Scientists ensure their measurements are accurate and precise by regularly calibrating their instruments. In this data set, students manipulate and graph calibration data from Taipan, one of ANSTO's neutron scattering instruments. Students must determine whether Taipan is functioning within the acceptable limits of error for the scientists' experiments.  

Data file (Excel spreadsheet)

Student worksheet

Monitoring fine particle air pollution in Newcastle
BHP Steelworks Newcastle
BHP Newcastle Steelworks at sunrise from across the Hunter River, September 24, 1997 (Source: Newcastle Herald)

ANSTO has been measuring and characterising fine particle pollution from key sites around Australia for more than 30 years. This data set provides records from 1998 to 2019 of the concentration of 12 elements present in fine airborne particulate matter from an air sampling station located in Mayfield in Newcastle, NSW.

Data file (Excel spreadsheet)

Student worksheet

Air pollution from combustion processes in Newcastle
Traffic in Newcastle
Vehicle emissions contribute to fine particle air pollution in Newcastle (Photo credit: Newcastle Herald)

Combustion reactions in vehicles, household woodfires and coal-fired power plants all result in fine particle air pollution in the air we breathe. ANSTO has been measuring and characterising fine particle pollution from key sites around Australia for more than 30 years. This data set provides records from 1998 to 2019 of the concentration of 12 elements present in fine airborne particulate matter from an air sampling station located in Mayfield in Newcastle, NSW.

Data file (Excel spreadsheet)

Student worksheet