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Teaching Stage 5 Science: Isotopes, radioactivity and nuclear medicines

This free course aims to build teacher understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with the production of nuclear medicines. We will also model new ways to teach Year 9 and 10 students about isotopes and radioactivity using ICT, real data and science inquiry skills.

You can choose to join us online during three after-school webinars over three weeks, or a one-day in-person event at ANSTO Lucas Heights.

Part 1: Understanding nuclear medicines 

Teachers will hear from experts and scientists about: 

  • Current nuclear medicines: Properties and uses
  • Emerging technologies in nuclear medicine
  • Managing nuclear waste safely
  • Ideas for teaching nuclear medicines in the classroom

Part 2: Tour of ANSTO 

Teachers will participate in a tour of ANSTO's scientific facilities and learn how they are used to make nuclear medicines and manage waste from this process. A guest speaker will discuss the relationship between new science and technologies in nuclear chemistry and career opportunities. 

Part 3: Teaching about isotopes and radioactivity 

ANSTO education officers will model teaching activities from the "Investigating Isotopes" data set that help students understand the chemical concepts of isotopes, atomic number, atomic mass, radioactivity and half-life. Participants will collaborate online to discuss and reflect on how they can use or adapt these teaching activities with their students. 

Part 1: Wednesday 16 November, 6.30pm-8.00pm**
Part 2: Wednesday 23 November 4:00-6:00pm or 7:00-9:00pm**
Part 3: Wednesday 30 November 4:00-5:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm**

Wednesday 7 December, 9.00am - 3.00pm

ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights

This course is a registered PD with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) and represents 5 hours of PD.

Completing Teaching nuclear science in Stage 5: Isotopes, radioactivity and nuclear medicines (in person or live virtual) will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2 & 2.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Teachers from other states and territories will receive a certificate of completion for their own PD portfolios. This course represents 5 hours of PD.

For enquiries, please call the ANSTO Discovery Centre on (02) 9717 3090 or email

* Webinar links will be sent closer to the date of the event.
**Please note that the times listed for the sessions are Sydney time. Don't forget to join the webinar at the correct time for your local zone.

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Teaching nuclear science in Japan after Fukushima

The global impacts of the Fukushima disaster in 2011 on the public perception of nuclear science still continue to this day. Locally, in Japan, public opinion about nuclear science remains largely negative, and providing clear evidence-based education about nuclear science in the years after this event has been challenging. 

In this free webinar, Professor Takeshi Iimoto will discuss the importance of clear communication and education for nuclear science. He will share his experience and strategies for teaching nuclear science to secondary school students, including hands-on activities and student-led investigations.

When: Wednesday 30 November, 6.00pm - 7.00pm*

* Webinar links will be sent closer to the date of the event. Please note that the times listed for the sessions are Sydney time. Don't forget to join the webinar at the correct time for your local zone.

Prof. Takeshi Iimoto

Professor Takeshi Iimoto is a professor and the Radiation Safety Promotion Manager at The University of Tokyo, Japan. He specialises in radiation protection, radiation safety and control, radiation measurement and dosimetry, environmental radiation and radioactivity, radiation education and risk communication. Prof. Iimoto has developed a series of education resources for secondary school students, available in both English and Japanese, to understand radioactivity and risk.  

Prof. Iimoto is the General Secretary of Japan Health Physics Society, and is also an expert member of several national committees for the Japanese government for radiation protection and safety as well as for human resource development in the field of nuclear science and technology. He works regularly with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide training for secondary school teachers about teaching nuclear science in schools.

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Contact the ANSTO Discovery Centre for any enquiries.

Discovery Centre team