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Teaching Stage 5 Science: Isotopes, radioactivity and nuclear medicines  

This free online** course aims to build teacher understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with the production of nuclear medicines. During three after-school webinars over three weeks, the course models new ways to teach Year 9 and 10 students about isotopes and radioactivity using ICT, real data and science inquiry skills.

Part 1: Understanding nuclear medicines (Wednesday 4th May, 4:00-5:30 pm*)

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: Virtual tour of ANSTO (Wednesday 11th May, 4:00-6:00 pm or 7:00-9:00 pm*)

Teachers will participate in a virtual 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 (Wednesday 18th May, 4:00-5:30 pm or 7:00-8:30 pm*)

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. 

When:

Part 1: Wednesday 4th May, 4:00-5:30pm*

Part 2: Wednesday 11th May 4:00-6:00pm or 7:00-9:00pm*

Part 3: Wednesday 18th May 4:00-5:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm*

Bookings are now closed for this event and dates for our next session will be released soon.

  Program

This course is a registered PD with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI).

Teachers from other states and territories will receive a certificate of completion for their own PD portfolios.

For enquiries, please call the ANSTO Discovery Centre on (02) 9717 3090 or email education@ansto.gov.au

*Please note that the times listed for the sessions are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Don't forget to join the webinar at the correct time for your local zone.

** Webinar links will be sent closer to the date of the event.


Design Thinking Teacher Professional Development Sessions

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These sessions can be used to support the Design Mini-Challenge (pp 61-64) from the 2022 Resource Book of Ideas for National Science Week or ANSTO's National Science Week Hackathon event. 

Online

This free online TPD will provide teachers with an opportunity to learn about design innovation methods and approaches and put them into practice through a virtual hands-on design experience.

Teachers will hear from experts at ANSTO and Swinburne University of Technology. Discussion points may include:

  • Design thinking as a mindset and a methodology
  • How to support students in complex problem solving and developing innovative solutions
  • Applying design to scientific contexts and challenges

There will also be the opportunity for Q&A throughout the session to assist in practically applying design to your classroom. Following the session, you will also be equipped to plan and run a design challenge activity with your students to assist them in experiential learning-by-doing.

Open to all Australian secondary science teachers, this course aims to create an online learning community where educators can share their lessons and provide feedback and support to other participants. This course is fully accessible online. Please note there is also an in-person version of this TPD hosted at ANSTO in Lucas Heights, NSW, for those who can attend.

When: Tuesday 2 August, 4.00pm-7:00pm

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In-person

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This free TPD will provide teachers with an opportunity to learn about design innovation methods and approaches and put them into practice through a hands-on design experience.

Teachers will hear from experts at ANSTO about design thinking and get to connect with other teachers in the community to connect, support, and collaborate around a shared challenge activity. Discussion points may include:

  • Design thinking as a mindset and a methodology
  • How to support students in complex problem solving and developing innovative solutions
  • Applying design to scientific contexts and challenges

There will also be the opportunity for Q&A throughout the session to assist in practically applying design to your classroom. Following the session, you will also be equipped to plan and run a design challenge activity with your students to assist them in experiential learning-by-doing.

Please note that this session is open to all Australian secondary science teachers but will be hosted at the nandin Innovation Centre at ANSTO in Lucas Heights, NSW. Please note there is a virtual version of this TPD available for those who cannot attend Lucas Heights.

When: Wednesday 27 July, 9.00am-3.00pm

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Planning for and reflecting on ANSTO Meet an Expert online classes

Practice integrating live online sessions into your teaching program.

Teachers plan a two-lesson plus homework program for their students, during which they gather, process and present information about a practising Australian scientist. Teachers reflect on and evaluate their students' engagement and understanding. More information and teacher resources here.

Completing this course before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute to 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

How does this program address the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers?

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Contact the ANSTO Discovery Centre for any enquiries.

Discovery Centre team