PDplus is a resource pack for teachers focusing on topical issues in science, such as low level speeding, the SKA (Square Kilometre Array), food security, regenerative medicine, wind technology and more. There are two components to each pack. The first component is a set of teacher notes including background information on the topic, careers profiles and lesson plans. The second component is a live PD session for teachers featuring experts in the field discussing the topic, their own careers and answering audience questions. Both components are available to watch, print and download for free, in perpetuity.
Live PD sessions are always livestreamed on the RiAus website and may include an in-house audience, too. Certificates of attendance are available for those watching online and attending on the day: just follow the instructions for each great event.
PDplus MAC Vulnerable Road Users
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) in conjunction with RiAus have designed these notes to assist high school science teachers to engage their students on the topic of road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
PDplus Donating for life
Organ and tissue donation saves lives. One donor can transform the lives of up to 10 people and significantly improve the lives of many more. These teaching resources will help take year 7-9 teachers integrate organ donation into their science lessons.
PDplus MAC Driven To Distraction
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) in conjunction with RiAus will be joined by acclaimed road safety experts in a highly informative and entertaining event that reveals the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.
PDplus MAC Low Level Speeding
In recognition of the strong influence teachers can have on their students, MAC (Motor Accident Commission), in collaboration with RiAus, has developed a PDplus package on the topic of low level speeding. Road safety experts John Illingworth and Jeremy Woolley introduced this free educational resource.
PDplus Australian Year of the Farmer
Farming provides the food on our plates, the beverages we drink, the clothes on our backs and the timber in our houses. In Australia, we ’lived off the sheep’s back‘ for many years, relying heavily on our wool industry for economic stability. While, of course, still important to the economy, farming today looks very different to how it did in the past. Farmers work with a range of different crops and livestock, use less land, and rely more on cutting-edge technologies. But while today’s farmers are producing more than ever before, it may not be enough.
PDplus Wind Technology
Whether we like it or not, the wind is a natural force we have to contend with in our daily lives. We appreciate it when it brings cool sea air on a hot summer night, blows pollution out of our cities, carries much-needed rain to a dry landscape or blows energy into our sails so we can ride effortlessly across the water. Alternatively, we curse it when it rips the roofs from our houses, blows dust in our faces or drives bushfires at high speed into our towns and cities.
PDplus Regenerative Medicine
The development of a complete human from a tiny embryo is undoubtedly one of nature’s most miraculous occurrences. Can scientists apply the same principles to grow replacement human body parts in the laboratory? Welcome to the world of regenerative medicine, a fascinating research area that explores the possibilities of regrowing human body parts.
PDplus World Solar Challenge
While much of the world is still struggling with the prospect of solar power and only beginning to embrace electric cars, there is a great adventure in Australia that proves both of these things can be used to make transport more sustainable – the World Solar Challenge.
PDplus Radio Astronomy
Telescopes have allowed us to look beyond our own solar system and make amazing discoveries. Now a new and exciting period approaches through the development of the world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
So what is the SKA and what does the remote desert of Western Australia have to do with it? We took a cosmic journey back in time as Professor Peter Quinn discussed the power and potential of this new technology to discover and unravel the mysteries of the universe.
PDplus Synthetic Biology
Biology is generally thought of as the study of living things and their interactions. But what if scientists had the power to actually alter living things in order to have them do new things? This is the basic idea behind synthetic biology – the alteration and creation of things that don’t exist in nature. And it’s a field that will change the way we use biology.
PDplus Food Security
If there is one thing that unites every person on the planet, no matter their culture or background, it is the need to eat and drink to stay alive. But although it is arguably our most valuable resource, the food that we rely on is beginning to run out. Already many people around the world are starving and scientists predict it is only going to get worse.