Photos taken at the epigenetics workshop run by SPICE and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the Lotterywest BioDiscovery lab on 26 November 2015 (click on photos to enlarge)… Continue reading
SPIRIT (SPICE Physics ICRAR Remote Internet Telescope) provides WA school students with access to state‐of‐the-art robotic telescopes via the Internet.
Register now for science teacher professional learning opportunities.
The Monitoring Soil Science project aims to train Western Australian students in scientific methodologies, including sampling strategies, which they will use to collect a series of biological, chemical and physical soil science data.
Photos taken at the epigenetics workshop run by SPICE and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the Lotterywest BioDiscovery lab on 23 November 2015 (click on photos to enlarge)… Continue reading
A new SPICE resource, Polymers in the environment, is currently in trial. The resource addresses content in unit 4 of the Australian Curriculum: Senior Secondary Chemistry relating to synthetic and natural polymers.
Extracts from this resource can be downloaded using the links below.
Polymers in the environment 2: Investigating polymers
Students synthesise and test properties of various polymers. A procedure to make polylactic acid is included.… Continue reading
Photos taken at the epigenetics workshop run by SPICE and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the Lotterywest BioDiscovery lab on 12 November 2015 (click on photos to enlarge)… Continue reading
Target audience: year 9 physical sciences
This resource examines energy transformations in the context of conventional and electric cars.
The resource contains four main sections:
A video compares conventional internal combustion powered cars to REV vehicles and introduces some associated energy transformations.
Students make model vehicles that use different energy sources to investigate energy transformations.
Students develop explanations of energy transformations by analysing data from a simulated electric vehicle journey.… Continue reading
SPICE is pleased to announce our first Epigenetics professional learning workshop, designed for teachers of Year 11 and Year 12 biology and human biology, to be held at the LotteryWest BioDiscovery Centre at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research on Thursday 12 November.
Photos taken at the biotechnology professional learning day run by SPICE and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the Lotterywest BioDiscovery lab on 21 September 2015 (click on photos to enlarge)… Continue reading
As a follow-up to the recent Huntingtons Forum, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is please to offer a special schools screening of the documentary, Twitch, between 9:30 and 11:30am on Friday 4 September. The documentary maker, Kristen Powers (from Canada) will be present to hold a Q & A session after the screening.
Bookings to Pauline Charman (email@example.com).… Continue reading
Each year, the WA branch of the Australian Society for Medical research hosts a Science in the Cinema event. The aim of the event is to get students thinking and talking about science as it is portrayed in mainstream media. This year we are showing the movie “Lucy” about a woman who gains psychokinetic abilities from a nootropic drug being absorbed into her bloodstream.… Continue reading
Target audience: year 11/12 biology/human biology
We all contain the same genes, but what regulates their expression in one person but not another? These resources show how understanding of gene expression and regulation has improved our knowledge of disease.
The resource contains five main sections:
Melanoma risk factors
Students use an interactive learning object that describes six major risk factors for melanoma. This introduces the concept that melanoma, like all cancers, is a genetic disease.… Continue reading
Are you teaching Year 9 Earth and space sciences next term?
The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (ACSSU180)
The SPICE eBook for iPad, Changing Earth: The Darling Scarp, is a great resource for looking at plate tectonics in a local context.
Target audience: year 12 physics
The Standard Model is a revised version of content from an earlier SPICE sequence (Matter and relativity) to fit the WACE 2015 course, Senior Secondary Physics Unit 4. Substantial new content has also been added.… Continue reading
Target audience: Year 11 chemistry
The SPICE resource Carbon chemistry has been substantially updated and revised to target the Western Australian ATAR course: Chemistry (Unit 1).
The package now looks at organic chemistry in the context of hydrocarbon use in Australia.… Continue reading
These learning activities were developed to educate secondary school students about the greenhouse effect and climate change and have been aimed at some of the most common alternative conceptions students hold about these topics.
They were developed by Professor Vaille Dawson and Katherine Carson under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects funding scheme (130103035).
This guide for Australian high school teachers has been prepared by Professor Vaille Dawson (The University of Western Australia, formerly at Curtin University); Professor Grady Venville (UWA) and Katherine Carson (UWA, formerly Curtin).
This material was developed as part of a project entitled, Genetics Education in the 21st Century. The aim was to produce worksheets to educate secondary school students about current health issues with which they may have personal experience.