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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the answers.
Monitoring air pollution and traffic density in Sydney
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.
Historic greenhouse gas concentrations from Antarctic ice core sampling
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.
Calibrating TAIPAN, one of ANSTO's neutron diffraction instruments
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 diffraction instruments. Students must determine whether TAIPAN is functioning within the acceptable limits of error for the scientists' experiments.