This is the eNewsletter of Science ASSIST, the free national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians.

Science ASSIST eNews #2, 2016

What's new on Science ASSIST?

Q and A
Over 235 questions have been posted to the Science ASSIST website. Since the last newsletter we have received over 50 questions. There have been some great questions asked and some have really challenged the team!

Take a look at the following sample:
NEW technical resource
The flame test is a standard analytical test used by chemists.
Find out how to demonstrate it safely in your school laboratory with the:
SOP: Demonstrating the flame test using a PET bottle and accompanying video. There is also an example risk assessment and a customisable risk assessment.

Connected Learning Experiences (CLEs)
Three new CLEs have been added to the ASSIST website. Coming soon:
  • Year 1 – Animal habitats
  • Year 9 – Popcorn, pikelets and chemical reactions
  • Year 10 – Chemical reactions
The first ten CLEs uploaded to the Science ASSIST website are also now searchable through Scootle (or your local education network).

Updated resources
Since the last newsletter there have been updates to four resources. All SOPs are now accompanied by an example risk assessment AND a customisable risk assessment so a school science department can review it for its own situation, adding extra information as needed.

Did you know that Science ASSIST has a Facebook page? 
We update it daily with links to new resources and answers to questions that have been asked on the Science ASSIST website. If you are a Facebook user, take a look and ‘like’ the page. You will then receive these as we post them. Go to

Teacher or lab tech?
The Science ASSIST team would like to ask a favour.

If you are a registered user on the Science ASSIST website, could you please log into the site and specify in your profile whether you identify as a teacher or lab tech?
To do this you need to select the 'My Profile' command in the popup menu attached to your name in the top left-hand corner of the home page. Then you should click on the 'Main Profile' button on the 'Edit' tab. Here you should be able to edit your profile and save it. It is not a requirement of use of the site to add any details here, but it would help us with our reporting to our stakeholders if you could specify whether you are a teacher or a lab tech on this page.
Please note that data collected from other sources has been used to identify some registered users. If this is the case with your registration, please select the role you chiefly identify with.

Science ASSIST workshops and presentations
The Science ASSIST team have also been giving presentations and running workshops—most recently at CONASTA 65 in Brisbane and in both Alice Springs and Darwin in the NT.
Workshops are planned for Condobolin, NSW (12 August) and in Townsville, Qld (30 November–1 December TBC) 
Science ASSIST is an innovative national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians. Advice is provided by an expert national advisory team with extensive collective experience across all areas of science. Science ASSIST is managed by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) in consultation with Science Education Technicians Australia (SETA). It is funded by the federal Department of Education and Training.

For more information about Science ASSIST contact Project Manager Delese Brewster on (02) 6282 9377 or