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Discover the amazing world of nuclear science from your classroom.

Connect with us through one of our free videoconferencing sessions

Teachers can accrue NESA-registered professional development hours at the Proficient Teacher level for time spent planning and reflecting on all ANSTO e-learning programs. ANSTO provides three different videoconference programs to classrooms across Australia.

Nuclear science inquiry skills

In this two-lesson plus homework program, your students plan and conduct an investigation first-hand. Give your students access to high-quality radioactive sources, instruments, and scientific expertise at ANSTO.

This program is designed to address content and skill outcomes in the Year 9, Year 10 and Senior Physics Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabuses. 

Teachers can book this program at a time and date that suits your class. Please book at least 2 weeks before your preferred date.

Required resources for this videoconference

Suggested lesson sequence

Lesson 1 (in-class) Lesson 2 (videoconference) Post-work / Homework

As a class, students:

  • Develop an aim and hypothesis for their investigation.
  • Select appropriate equipment from the list provided.
  • Write an experimental method.
  • Conduct a risk assessment.

As a class, students:

  • Perform the investigation remotely with the help of an ANSTO Education Officer.
  • Record their results.
  • Answer questions about the reliability, validity and accuracy of the experiment.
  • Consider real-life applications of their results.


  • Display their results appropriately.
  • Write a discussion to assess reliability, validity and accuracy, and relate their results to real-life applications
  • Write a conclusion.


Contact the ANSTO Discovery Centre to book 


Meet an expert

In this two-lesson plus homework program, students will gather, process and present information about a practicing Australian scientist.

Our staff are experienced science communicators and can discuss ANSTO's research with primary or secondary classes at an appropriate level of detail.

This program is designed to address:

  • Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors for Stages 3-5 (Years 5-10).
  • Skill outcomes for Stage 6 science subjects.

Please note that we have booked our scientists for a 3-hour time slot. When you book one of these sessions, we will contact you by email and ask you to select a 30-minute period within this time slot for your students to talk with our expert.

Suggested lesson sequence
Lesson 1 (in-class) or pre-work at home Lesson 2 (videoconference) Post-work or homework

As a class, students:

  • Gather information about the scientist and their research from secondary sources.
  • Prepare interview questions for the scientist during the videoconference.

As a class, students:

  • Interview the scientist and gather first-hand information about their research.


  • Present information about the scientist in a research task selected by the teacher.


Upcoming Meet an Expert Sessions for 2018:

Helen Maynard-Casely (Wednesday November 28, 1:30-3:30pm)

Helen is a planetary scientist who uses neutron diffraction to study the crystal structures of small molecules. In particular, Helen is interested in how molecules and ices behave under pressure in conditions similar to those found inside the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Book now

Ben Fraser (Wednesday December 5, 1:30-3:30pm)

Ben is a research chemist at ANSTO who specialises in developing new and improved radiopharmaceuticals. He also lectures at several universities to teach the next generation of scientists and medical professionals about nuclear medicines. Ben works together with scientists across the world in large collaborative projects, and supervises his own research students.

Book now

Please check back in 2019 for next year's suite of Meet an Expert videoconferences.


Nuclear science as a human endeavour

In this two-lesson plus homework program, your students investigate nuclear medicine production and use, the function of ANSTO's OPAL multipurpose reactor, and how we work safely with radiation.

This program is designed to address the following Science as a Human Endeavour content descriptions in the Year 9 Australian curriculum:

  • ACSHE158: Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries.
  • ACSHE160: People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people's lives, including generating new career opportunities.

Required pre-work for students

Suggested lesson sequence

Lesson 1 (in-class) Lesson 2 (videoconference) Post-work or homework

As a class, students:

  • Complete pre-work preparatory activities (listed above).

As a class, students:

  • Review how nuclear medicines are made at ANSTO.
  • Investigate the use of nuclear medicines for diagnosing and treating disease.
  • Compare the function and use of ANSTO's OPAL multipurpose reactor to a typical power reactor.
  • Gather data in a short first-hand investigation about working safely with radiation.


  • Complete post-work activities as prepared by their teacher.


Contact the ANSTO Discovery Centre to book


Remote Labs

Freely Accessible Remote Laboratories (FarLabs) have developed a nuclear remote online laboratory that schools can use to perform experiments with nuclear radiation.

The “Turntable” experiment illustrates the penetrating power of different forms of radiation. Students can choose to pair one of four sources (alpha, beta, gamma, and unknown) with one of five absorbers, including no absorber at all. A live data feed shows the count rate from a Geiger counter placed above the selected radioactive source.

The "Inverse Square Law" experiment demonstrates how the amount of radiation decreases with increasing distance from a radiation source. Students can access a live data feed showing the count rate from a Geiger counter placed at a selected distance away from a radiation source.

Teachers need to register using this link before using the remote laboratory. Please direct all enquiries to Emma Gill at

We highly recommend testing this remote laboratory on your school’s equipment before planning a lesson with your class.

The FarLabs project is led by the Department of Physics at La Trobe University in collaboration with James Cook University, Curtin University, Quantum Victoria, V3 Alliance, and ANSTO.

Teacher Registration

FarLabs Remote Laboratory