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Workbooks and Datasets

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

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.

Workbooks for new syllabus (2018 onwards)

Years 7 to 10 hands-on nuclear science workbook 

Small groups of Years 7 to 10 students (up to 80 students) will complete a series of hands-on activities using this workbook as part of their ANSTO tour. 

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Year 11 Chemistry excursion workbook (starting 2018)

A supplement to our Year 11 Chemistry tour, this workbok contains pre-work plus activities to complete during the excursion, covering nuclear-related components of Module 1: Properties and Structure of Matter.

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Year 11 Chemistry depth study guide (starting 2018)

This guide provides resources and ideas for depth study activities, covering Working Scientifically skills and nuclear-related components of Module 1: Properties and Structure of Matter. We highly recommend students use a tour of ANSTO as the starting point for a depth study about nuclear science.

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Year 11 Chemistry radioisotope posters

These posters allow students to collect and interpret information about naturally-occurring and human-made radioisotopes, including their decay equations.  These posters are designed for use with our Year 11 Chemistry tour and excursion workbook.

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Year 12 Physics excursion workbook (starting 2019)

A supplement to our Year 12 Physics tour, this workbook contains pre-work plus activities to complete during the excursion, covering nuclear-related components of Module 8: From the Universe to the Atom.

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Year 12 Physics depth study guide (starting 2019)

This guide provides resources and ideas for depth study activities, covering Working Scientifically skills and nuclear-related components of Module 8: From the Universe to the Atom. We highly recommend students use a tour of ANSTO as the starting point for a depth study about nuclear science.

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Year 12 Investigating Science excursion workbook (starting 2019)

A supplement to our Year 12 Investigating Science tour, this workbook contains pre-work plus activities to complete during the excursion, covering nuclear-related components of Module 6: Technologies and Module 8: Science and Society.

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Year 12 Investigating Science depth study guide (starting 2019)

This guide provides resources and ideas for depth study activities, covering Working Scientifically skills and nuclear-related components of Module 6: Technologies and Module 8: Science and Society. We highly recommend students use a tour of ANSTO as the starting point for a depth study about nuclear science.

Download workbook

Workbooks for pre-2018 syllabus

Year 11 and 12 Chemistry workbook (until 2018)

A supplement to our HSC Chemistry tour, this workbook covers nuclear-related components of the NSW HSC Chemistry syllabus, including the Production of Materials and Chemical Monitoring & Management modules.

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Year 11 and 12 Physics workbook (until 2018)

A supplement to our HSC physics tour, this workbook covers nuclear-related components of the NSW HSC Physics syllabus, including the Quanta to Quarks and Medical Physics options.

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Supplementary resources
ANSTO's Australian Synchrotron: Discoveries with Light

This workbook provides a comprehensive guide to ANSTO's Australian Synchrotron at Clayton, including interactions of light and energy and applications of synchrotron science to society. 

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Year 11 and 12 nuclear equations fact sheet

This document summarises the nuclear equations covered in the HSC Chemistry and Physics tours, including equations to describe the decay of neutron-rich, neutron-poor and large nuclei, and the production of medical and industrial radioisotopes.

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Cloud chamber experiment guide

A guide for building a cloud chamber in the classroom to detect background radiation visually.

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Cyclotrons and PET scans

This fact sheet explains how ANSTO's Research Cyclotron at Camperdown produces Fluorine-18, and how this radiopharmaceutical is used in a PET scan.

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Molybdenum-99/Technetium-99m supply chain

This flow chart summarises the production, distribution, and use of Molybdenum-99/Technetium-99m for medical scans.

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Data sets

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.

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

 

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 p.atsikidis@latrobe.edu.au.

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