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Opening Real Science

Opening Real Science Modules

 

Modules

Discovering Real Science through Big History 

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-12 

Module Leader and Lead University: Tracy Sullivan (MQ Faculty of Arts) 

Team Members: Prof. Joanne Mulligan (MQ School of Education), Prof. David Christian (MQ Department of Modern History), Adjunct Prof. Quentin Parker (MQ Department of Physics and Astronomy), Prof. John Hedberg (MQ School of Education), Ming Ming Diao (MQ School of Education) 

Discipline: All 

Module Summary: Discovering Real Science through Big History is the 'Gateway' module that will take you on a journey from the beginning of the universe to today's interconnected global societies.
 

Fundamentals of Weather and Climate

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers 5-10

Module Leader and Lead University: Dr Rod Lane (MQ School of Education) 

Team Members: Ming Ming Diao (MQ School of Education), Dr John de Nobile (MQSchool of Education), Dr Kevin Cheung (MQ Department of Environmental Sciences)  

Discipline: Earth & Environmental Science, Geography 

Module Summary: Have you ever wondered how the weather works? Using tropical cyclones as an example, you will learn the key principles for understanding weather such as air pressure and the causes of wind and cloud formation.

Sound

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8

Module Leader and Lead University: A/Prof. Helen Pask (MQ Faculty of Science and Engineering) 

Team Members: Dr Judith Dawes (MQ Faculty of Science), Chris Sutton (MQ Education), Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ School of Education), Ming Ming Diao (MQ School of Education) 

Discipline: Physics, Biology 

Module Summary: Discover how sound is created, how it travels, how sounds differ and how we describe sound. You will build your understanding of sound by conducting your own experiments.
 

Light

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers 5-8 

Module Leader and Lead University: A/Prof. Helen Pask (MQ Faculty of Science and Engineering, Dr Judith Dawes (MQ Faculty of Science) 

Team Members: Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ School of Education), Blake Entwisle (MQ School of Education) 

Discipline: Physics 

Module Summary: Light is something we often take for granted. We explore the science of light and build an awareness of how light-based technologies
promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.
 

Primary Astronomy

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8 

Module Leader and Lead University: Prof David McKinnon (ECU)  

Team Members: Michael Fitzgerald (ECU), Dr Heath Jones (MQ), Scarlet An (MQ School of Education) 

Discipline: Astronomy 

Module Summary:  Primary Astronomy explores the basics of solar system astronomy. We challenge the common astronomical misconceptions about how the sun, moon and planets work and the phases of the moon.
 

Telescopes, Colour Imaging and the Cosmos

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers 7-10

Module Leader and Lead University: Prof David McKinnon (ECU)  

Team Members: Michael Fitzgerald (ECU), Dr Heath Jones (MQ), Lena Danaia (CSU), Rob Hollow (CASS), Andrew Hopkins (AAO), Scarlet An (MQ School of Education) 

Discipline: Astronomy 

Module Summary: Telescopes, Colour and the Cosmos provides an introduction to fundamental aspects of modern astronomy required to build an observational
understanding of the cosmos.
 

Tracing the Lifecycle of Stars

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers 7-1

Module Leader and Lead University: Prof David McKinnon (ECU)  

Team Members: Michael Fitzgerald (ECU), Lena Danaia (CSU), Rob Hollow (CASS), Scarlet An (MQ School of Education) 

Discipline: Astronomy 

Module Summary: Tracing the Life Cycle of Stars develops an understanding of the main phases of the lifecycle of stars, their observable properties and their
fundamental nature, by exploring concepts presented in Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams and Colour-Magnitude Diagrams.
 

Life and Death of Stars

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers 11-12 

Module Leader and Lead University: Quentin Parker (MQ)  

Team Members: Dr Heath Jones (MQ), Dr MingMing Diao (MQ) 

Discipline: Astronomy 

Module Summary: Life and Death of Stars takes you on a journey exploring the differences between stars and the way they live, evolve and eventually die. You will develop as a confident teacher of scientific material to students of all ages using authentic scientific process.
 

Consumer Chemistry

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8 

Module Leader and Lead University: Roy Tasker(UWS)  

Team Members: Joanne Jamie, Ian Jamie, Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ), Dr MingMing Diao (MQ) 

Discipline: Chemistry 

Module Summary: Consumer Chemistry engages you with the process of scientific inquiry in real chemistry so you see the relevance of chemistry in everyday life packaged with chemistry concepts.
 

Science in the Community

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-12 

Module Leader and Lead University: Joanne Jamie (MQ)  

Team Members: Ian Jamie, Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ) 

Discipline: Chemistry, Indigenous Science, Environmental Science 

Module Summary: Science in the Community enables you to plan and conduct your own exciting science activities for events such as Science Week and community-based science investigations and events inspiring you to engage in real chemistry activities.

Gateway to Numeracy

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8

Module Leader and Lead University: Leigh Wood (MQ)

Team Members: Dorian Stoilescu (WSU), Carolyn Kennett (MQ) Ayse Bilgin (MQ), Michael Cavanagh (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU) 

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Gateway to Numeracy deals with 'real life' problem solving using mathematics and integrating aspects of number and algebra, measurement and geography and statistics and probability.

Smart Budgeting Primary

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers K-6

Module Leader and Lead University: Damian Bridge (MQ)

Team Members: Leigh Wood (MQ), Scarlet An (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU)

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Smart Budgeting Primary looks at the practical preparation of budgets for a person or student. You will apply mathematics principles to effectively manage budgets across multiple domains either personal, organisational or government budgets by working through cases and activities in real world scenarios.
 

Smart Budgeting Secondary

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers 7-10

Module Leader and Lead University: Damian Bridge (MQ)

Team Members: Leigh Wood (MQ), Scarlet An (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU) 

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Smart Budgeting Secondary guides you through mathematics principles to effectively manage budgets across multiple domains; personal, organisational or government budgets by working through case studies and real world scenarios.

Investing and protecting

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers 7-10

Module Leader and Lead University: Damian Bridge (MQ)

Team Members: Leigh Wood (MQ), Scarlet An (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU) 

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Investing and Protecting guides you through mathematics principles to financial management concepts including investing, superannuation, credit and protection through insurance. You will work through real world scenarios, case studies and activities.
 

Statistical Literacy, Primary

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers K-6

Module Leader and Lead University: Carmel Coady (WSU)

Team Members: Vince Geiger (ACU), Peter Petocz (MQ), Michael Cavanagh (MQ), Joanne Mulligan (MQ), Ayse Bilgin (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU)  

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Statistical Literacy Primary guides you through the everyday use of numbers and comparisons of numbers to justify the decisions that we make. Statistics is a way of making sense of factors or variables.

Statistical Literacy, Secondary

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers 7-10

Module Leader and Lead University:  Carmel Coady (WSU)

Team Members: Vince Geiger (ACU), Peter Petocz (MQ), Michael Cavanagh (MQ), Joanne Mulligan (MQ), Ayse Bilgin (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU)

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Statistical Literacy Secondary shows you how to add rigor to numerical claims and comparisons and how to examine other people's claims using statistical evidence and reasoning.
 

2 Infinity and Beyond

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers 9-12

Module Leader and Lead University: Carmel Coady (WSU)

Team Members: Michael Cavanagh (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU) 

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary:

Modelling the Present - Predicting the Future

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers 9-12

Module Leader and Lead University: Vince Geiger (ACU)

Team Members: Marie Herberstein (MQ), Julian May (MQ), Ian Wright (WSU),  Rehez Ahlip (WSU), Heath Jones (MQ), Liz Date-Huxtable (WSU) 

Discipline: Mathematics  

Module Summary: Modelling the Present - Predicting the Future explores the use of mathematical modelling to understand real world problems. You will delve into big data using case studies to explore recent advances in the treatment of disease, management of water pollution, measurement of light emissions of stars and predicting the price of commodities.

 

Clocks in Rocks

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8  

Module Leader and Lead University: Ed Saunders MQ 

Team Members: Dr Helen Pask MQ, Scarlet An MQ  

Discipline: Earth Science  

Module Summary: Clocks in Rocks reveals the geology all around us. Every resource we have is either farmed or mined, and both are related to geology. Geologists are historians and detectives, using the other branches of science as a toolkit to look for clues.

Human Impact

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-12  

Module Leader and Lead University: Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ) 

Team Members: Frances Bodkin, Liz Date-Huxtable (UWS)  

Discipline: Earth Science  

Module Summary: Human Impact. Can our impact be moderated or altered to deliver positive outcomes for other species inhabiting our world? Every species has an impact on their local environment. However human impact can be detected in every environment.
 

Inspired by Plants

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8 

Module Leader and Lead University: Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ)  

Team Members: Prof Helmut Pretchl, Dr Michael Burkhart (Potsdam Uni, Germany) Hye-Eun Chu (MQ), Cathie Howe (MQ), Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen (MQ) 

Discipline: Biology, Arts  

Module Summary: Inspired by Plants focuses on the amazing variety of structures in leaves, fruits, flowers and cones. Art and science intersect when you practice the science skills of close observation to create a model, drawing or digital representation of a plant or plant part.
 

The Living Laboratory

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-8 

Module Leader and Lead University: Dr Kathy Stewart (MQ)  

Team Members: Prof Helmut Pretchl, Dr Michael Burkhart (Potsdam Uni, Germany) 

Discipline: Biology 

Module Summary: The Living Laboratory. Gardens are living laboratories for scientists researching plant growth, habitat restoration, developing plants for agriculture and the horticulture industry. You too can be a scientist with your own living laboratory.
 

Bioluminescence

Target Audience:  Pre Service Teachers 9-12

Module Leader and Lead University: Prof. Mariella Heberstein (MQ)  

Team Members: Julian May 

Discipline: Biology, Physics and Chemistry  

Module Summary: Bioluminescence is a complex natural phenomenon exhibited by several life forms which perform a biochemical reaction to produce light, which may be used for a distinct biological purpose such as communication and predation.
 

Intelligent Materials

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers 9-12 

Module Leader and Lead University: Rob Fitzgerald, Simon Leonard (UC) 

Team Members: Dr Matt Bower (MQ), Dr Kate Highfield (MQ), Cathie Howe (MQ ICT) 

Discipline: ICT, Education  

Module Summary: Intelligent Materials. Intelligent or 'smart' materials change their properties in response to changes in their environment. Could our use of these materials change our society?
 

Frontiers of Real Science

Target Audience: Pre-service Teachers K-12 

Module Leader and Lead University: A.Prof Helen Pask (MQ)  

Team Members: Nada Zaitoun (MQ) 

Discipline: All  

Module Summary: Frontiers of Real Science puts you in touch with real scientists and their cutting-edge research.