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Secondary

Sydney Excursions

Come and discover the world of nuclear science at ANSTO - book a school tour today.

Secondary tours

Our school tours are designed to meet syllabus outcomes and enhance students’ understanding of nuclear science and technology. 

All tours are free and are available Monday to Friday for Years 7 to 12 classes.

Tours can be organised for a maximum of 160 students and can be customised to suit your students' needs.

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Tour outlines and workbooks

ANSTO offers a variety of curriculum-linked tours catering for all secondary students, including new tours for Year 11 Chemistry, Year 12 Physics and Year 12 Investigating Science. For more information on tour content, including syllabus content addressed, see the tour outlines below.

Teachers are requested to print enough copies of the relevant workbook for their class before their visit to ANSTO, as students will not be permitted to bring digital devices on-site.

Stages 4 and 5

Stage 4-5 Science: Introduction to Nuclear Science

Duration: 3 hours.

If the student cohort is greater than 80, there will be a short presentation which will incorporate interactive demonstrations, followed by a short break before touring some of ANSTO's facilities on-site.

If the student cohort is less than 80, a short presentation will be followed by a series of hands-on activities. Please ensure that you bring printed copies of the workbook for the students to use while completing these activities. After a short break, the students will be taken on a site tour of some of ANSTO's facilities.

Tour outline

Tour outline (hands-on activities)

Tour workbook (hands-on activities)

Stage 6

Year 11 Chemistry (starting 2018)

Duration: 3.5 hours.

Addresses the new HSC Chemistry syllabus (2018 onwards). The workbook contains pre-work plus activities to complete during the excursion, covering nuclear-related components of Module 1: Properties and Structure of Matter. Students can also use this tour of ANSTO as the starting point for a depth study about nuclear science.

Tour outline Tour workbook Depth study guide

Radioisotope posters

Year 12 Physics (starting 2019)

Duration: 3.5 hours.

Addresses the new HSC Physics syllabus (2018 onwards). The workbook contains pre-work plus activities to complete during the excursion, covering nuclear-related components of Module 8: From the Universe to the Atom. Students can also use this tour of ANSTO as the starting point for a depth study about nuclear science.

Tour outline Tour workbook Depth study guide

Year 12 Investigating Science

Addresses the new HSC Investigating Science syllabus (2018 onwards). Our Year 11 Chemistry and Year 12 Physics tours and depth study guides can be used as the starting point for a depth study about nuclear science, covering nuclear-related components of Module 6: Technologies and Module 8: Science and Society.

Year 12 Chemistry (until 2018)

Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours.

Addresses the pre-2018 HSC Chemistry syllabus. The workbook covers nuclear-related components of the NSW HSC Chemistry syllabus, including the Production of Materials and Chemical Monitoring & Management modules.

Tour outline Tour workbook

Year 12 Physics (until 2018)

Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours.

Addresses the pre-2018 HSC Physics syllabus. The workbook covers nuclear-related components of the NSW HSC Physics syllabus, including the Quanta to Quarks and Medical Physics options.

Tour outline Tour workbook