ANSTO provides secondary students with a range of learning resources for those interested in science or studying for exams. For teachers, ANSTO provides learning resources and professional development, as well as in-school-term science tours and videoconferences. Workbooks are provided as required learning material to accompany a school visit to ANSTO. They can also be used on their own as a classroom resource.
The following workbooks are provided as required learning material to accompany a school visit to ANSTO. They can also be used on their own as a classroom resource.
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.
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.
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.