Ideas for Classroom Activities
Use the YTS profiles to explore some of the following topics:
The Young Tassie Scientist program supports the three strands of the Australian Science Curriculum, as follows:
- Science as a Human Endeavour – showing how scientists think and work in different contexts, and implications of their research for society and the environment
- Scientific Inquiry Skills – illustrating ways in which scientists investigate and explain the world
- Science Understanding – providing opportunities for students to engage with established scientific knowledge and cutting-edge research
- What does it mean to be a scientist?
- Where do scientists work?
- What personal qualities do you need to be a scientist?
- What skills do scientists need?
Choose a Young Tassie Scientist
- What are they studying?
- Why does their work interest them or why do they consider it important?
- What are the connections between their work and real life problems?
- How is their work relevant to daily life and /or your life in the future? Try showing this through a collage of images.
Science in the News
- Collect science related articles from the newspaper for a week. Group them into categories. Can you find any common themes? Does the work of any of the Young Tassie Scientists match these themes?
- Write a newspaper article about one of the Young Tassie Scientist’s research. Why would people want to read your article?
- If you were going to interview a Young Tassie Scientist on radio or television, who would you interview and what questions would you ask them?
- If you were a scientist, would you want to work in any of the same areas as the Young Tassie Scientists? Which ones and why? What other areas could you work in? What famous discovery would you want to make, and why?
Science in Australia
- Can you name any famous Australian scientists?
- Is science important to Australia? Why or why not? You could hold a class debate.
- Should we have more awards, like the Logies, to recognise the achievements of Australian scientists?
- If you had to award a prize to the best Young Tassie Scientist, what criteria would you use? Should you consider the benefits of the research, how much it cost, whether it could be used for other purposes?
- What would the prize be? Which Young Tassie Scientist would you choose? Who would your class choose?
Research to to Reality – showcases the University of Tasmania’s wide portfolio of research across a range of discipliness. www.research.utas.edu.au.
Particle e-newsletter – raises awareness of the expertise and capabilities of the science and research sector in Tasmania. www.development.tas.gov.au/science/toolkit_and_resources#particle
STEM Professionals in Schools – allows scientists, engineers, mathematicians, ICT professionals, researchers and schools to work together across Australia in flexible, professional partnerships. www.scientistsinschools.edu.au/index.htm.
National Science Week – celebrates achievements in science, engineering, technology and innovation across Australia. www.scienceweek.net.au