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

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

  

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

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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

Motion

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

Forces

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

Goldfields Science Awareness Festival

SPICE will take to the stage when the 13th annual three day Scitech Science Awareness Festival visits Kalgoorlie.

Curriculum Consultant Jenny Gull will run workshops on some of the new SPICE resources, including Soft drink science, Forces and Cyclones, while Travelling Scientist Ryan Kempster does his best to answer questions from local students.

The festival runs from Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 April, 2013, at Kalgoorlie Town Hall.… Continue reading

Year 7 science workshops

A wide range of professional learning workshops for teachers of year 7 science are now available. All registrations can be made from the SPICE Events page.

SPICE workshops for year 7 science teachers offer you an opportunity to explore resources that have been specifically developed for the Australian Curriculum (Science). Workshops are a mix of practical activities, investigations of SPICE resources and, where appropriate, talks by UWA experts.… Continue reading

Astronomy with SPICE

SPICE will be on the road in the Mid West later this month, in conjunction with Aspire to Astronomy in the Murchison.

SPICE operates the two SPIRIT telescopes and has several curriculum resources that use astronomy as a context.

Links

Contact us if you would like to know more about the SPIRIT initiative or use of SPICE curriculum resources.… Continue reading

Feeding relationships

Target audience: Year 7 biology

This sequence looks at feeding relationships in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and how they may be represented through food chains and food webs. Impacts of introduced species, specifically cane toads, are also examined.

The sequence contains six resources: Animal interactionsPredators and preyFood websImpact of cane toadsManaging cane toads and Kimberley creations.… Continue reading

Cyclones

Target audience: Year 10 science

Students use data about tropical cyclones to raise questions, find patterns and make predictions about their occurrence. Potential impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones are raised.

The sequence contains four resources: Looking at cyclonesExploring tropical cyclones; Predicting tropical cyclones; and Modelling climate.

Sample material

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SPICE videos on YouTube

Several SPICE videos are now available on YouTube, and more are being added.

The first video to be uploaded, Adaptations in action, has now passed 30,000 downloads. Most views (almost half) are from USA, with UK coming in at number two and Australia in third place. It’s good to see Australian resources getting a wide international exposure.

The SPICE YouTube channel is located at http://www.youtube.com/spiceuwaContinue reading