SPIRIT (SPICE Physics ICRAR Remote Internet Telescope) provides WA school students with access to state‐of‐the-art robotic telescopes via the Internet.

Evolution of the Universe

Target audience: Year 10 science

What processes produced galaxies and stars, and how has the Universe evolved since the Big Bang? Students use virtual observatory software and direct observation with robotic telescopes to learn about the observable Universe.

This resource makes extensive use of Stellarium, free virtual observatory software, and the SPIRIT robotic telescopes.

Evolution of the Universe includes four separate resources:

  • Galaxies (use of Stellarium)
  • The SPIRIT telescopes (use of robotic telescopes)
  • History of the Universe (video-based interactive learning object)
  • Stars (astrophotography with SPIRIT)

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Meet the Chief Scientist

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre and SPICE secondary teachers enrichment program invite teachers to meet the new Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Peter Klinken, at a free National Science Week event.

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Target audience: Year 10 science

Where does water in Western Australia come from, and how sustainable are these sources? Where will our water come from in the future if the drying climate trend continues?

This resource is the result of a collaboration between the Water Corporation and the SPICE program. It encourages students to think about where water they drink comes from; explore water sources in seven Western Australian towns; explain the interplay between social, economic and environmental factors in managing a safe, secure and sustainable water supply; and examine the Water Corporation’s water replenishment scheme and working through a practical simulation in the classroom.… Continue reading

Changing Earth: The Darling Scarp

SPICE’s first interactive eBook for iPad is now available, for free, from the iTunes Store.

Changing Earth: The Darling Scarp tells the story of the Darling Scarp, a 2.5 billion year old geological feature, and backdrop to the modern city of Perth, Western Australia. Key geological processes that led to the Darling Scarp’s formation are investigated, allowing readers to relate present day landscapes to events of the past.… Continue reading

Nuclear reactions

Target audience: year 11 physics

Nuclear reactions is a revised version of three SPICE sequences (Radiation, Atomic structure and Nuclear energy) to fit the WACE 2015 course, Senior Secondary Physics Unit 1. Parts of the sequence are also relevant to Senior Secondary Chemistry Unit 1.

It contains seven resources: Mines to medicine; Nuclear radiation; Nuclear decay; Decay chains; Fission and fusionNuclear medicine; and Radioisotopes in research.… Continue reading

Be a Bush Scientist

Target audience: Year 4 science

This resource is the result of a collaboration between UWA Honorary Research Associate Felicity Bradshaw (author of A Tale of Two Honey Possums) and the SPICE program. It is an integrated science program, designed for students in Years 1 to 4, that demonstrates values of the natural environment and introduces concepts of biodiversity and sustainability.… Continue reading

Light and energy

Target audience: Year 9 physics

Visible light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. These resources explain how we see with light, how light carries energy, and how properties of visible and invisible light lead to applications in astronomy and medicine.

The sequence contains four resources: Looking at lightInvestigating waves and energyElectromagnetic spectrum and Energy from waves.… Continue reading

Atoms and elements

Target audience: Year 9 chemistry

How do atoms of various elements differ, and how are these differences used to identify elements in a forensic application? This package includes interactive learning materials that allow students to explore how our understanding of atoms has developed.

The sequence contains four resources: Elementary forensicsLooking at atomsCreating atoms and Element fingerprints.… Continue reading

Molecular evidence for evolution

Target audience: Year 12 biology/human biology

These SPICE resources relate a more traditional understanding of evolution, based on fossils, anatomical and embryological evidence, to a more current understanding of evolutionary relatedness that also considers molecular evidence from DNA, RNA and proteins.

The sequence contains four resources: Mammal evolutionPrimatesEvolutionary trees and Viral evolution.

Sample material


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Extra copies of the set of cards in this resource may be purchased online.… Continue reading

Food web app launch

The SPICE app, Kimberley food webs, has been updated with the addition of a second environment: Herdsman Lake. You can now interactively explore food webs in the Kimberley and Perth regions. The app runs on any device that runs iOS 6 or later (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone5, iPhone5s, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad4, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPod touch 4th or 5th gen.… Continue reading


Finding SPICE resources

There are now over 40 SPICE sequences available, comprising 160 resources with more on the way. If you’re having trouble finding the right resource, try our facility to Search SPICE resources by curriculum year or keyword.

Results include links to resource descriptions and Australian Curriculum pointers.… Continue reading

Carnarvon Astrofest, Science and Innovation festival

Ryan Kempster, PhD candidate and shark researcher from UWA, shared the spotlight with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki at the recent festival in Carnarvon.

Curriculum Consultant Jenny Gull and Travelling Scientist Ryan delivered informative workshops and talks to the local community, teachers and school students. Students particularly enjoyed constructing sharks out of play dough.

Jenny and Ryan also delivered talks to students and teachers at Exmouth District High School.… Continue reading

Workshops for Term 4, 2013

A variety of SPICE workshops are on offer in Term 4. All registrations can be made from the SPICE Events page.

Workshops are a mix of practical activities and investigations of SPICE resources.  SPICE resources are freely available to teachers in Australia and New Zealand.

Primary science

SPICE workshops offer you an opportunity to explore resources that have been specifically developed for the Australian Curriculum (Science).… Continue reading


Target audience: Year 10 physics

Complementing the Year 7 sequence on Forces, this new sequence for Year 10 takes a more detailed look at unbalanced forces and motion. A sporting context is used, with the physics of sprinting, tennis balls and sporting injuries included.

The sequence contains four resources: Unbalanced forces and motion; Profile of a runner; Tennis ball motion; and Sporting injuries.… Continue reading


Target audience: Year 7 physics

This sequence is designed to support teachers and students in their understanding of forces and the effects they may have on objects.

The sequence contains four resources: Introduction to force, Investigating forces, Balanced and unbalanced forces and Forces in the human body.

Sample material


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Huntington’s Disease Forum

Huntington’s WA would like to invite four Year 10 students to be accompanied by one adult (science teacher, pastoral care team member or parent) to a fully interactive day exploring the realities of Huntington’s Disease.

Students, work with a scientist. Young WAIMR scientists will guide you through the test used in the diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease.

Teachers, update your knowledge. One of WAIMR’s leading scientists will demystify the latest genetic findings surrounding Huntington’s Disease.… Continue reading

Cane toad app launch

The Cane toad app for iOS, developed by SPICE and the Department of Environment and Conservation, was today launched by the Honourable Albert Jacob, MLA, Minister for Environment and Heritage.

The app can be downloaded for free from the app store. See the UWA press release here.

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Through the Kunai Grass: Portraits of the New Guinea Highlands

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s current exhibition showcases the work of Ronald and Catherine Berndt while they travelled to Papua New Guinea in 1951.

Michael Alpers shares his experiences of the changes that took place in the South Fore villages (Papua New Guinea) in an insightful talk at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on Friday 24 May 2013.

In the 1960s, Michael Alpers (John Curtin Distinguished Professor of International Health, Curtin University) spent time in the South Fore villages, located in the Okapa District of the Eastern Highlands Province, while conducting medical field studies.… Continue reading

Cane toad app

Can you tell the difference between a juvenile cane toad and a bumpy rocket frog?

Target Audience: Year 7 Biology and general public

This app, now available from the app store, has been developed to help people distinguish between cane toads and native frogs. It has been a collaboration between the SPICE program at UWA and the Department of Environment and Conservation in Western Australia.… Continue reading

Sun-struck in Carnamah

Mehmet Alpasian, PhD student at ICRAR studying optical and near-infrared galaxy filaments in the Galaxy and Mass Assembly survey, will be joining the Travelling Scientist program this year.

He is seen here lending a hand to students using a solar telescope at Carnamah District High School on the Aspire to Astronomy tour to the Murchison with ICRAR, Aspire UWA, UWA School of Indigenous Studies, Scitech and SPICE.… Continue reading