Other education programs

There are a number of other expert organisations offer some great water education initiatives and resources.

Education programs

The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) provides practical support to schools and their communities to live and work more sustainably. It fosters a whole school approach to change for sustainability with measurable environmental, educational, social and financial outcomes. AuSSI is a partnership of the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and the Catholic and independent school sectors.

AuSSI helps to build sustainability knowledge, skills and motivation by supporting training of school staff, whole school planning, development of teaching materials and use of tools for measuring and reporting on sustainability outcomes.

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The Nature Play 'Passport to an Amazing Childhood' has been completely re-vamped to include more than 120 missions, great prizes and more. It is still about getting kids (3–12+) to run, jump, climb, splash, invent and play!

Missions are delivered through an exciting online interface that is optimised for smart phones and tablets and allows kids to build avatars.

You can bulk order passports for your students. Once you receive their passports, get your students to register online and get started on their H2O Hero missions!

Nature Play WA website

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

CSIRO offers science programs and resources for schools, special events around Australia and a great range of at-home science for all ages. 

Science by Email is a free online newsletter for students, teachers and anyone with an interest in science produced by CSIRO in partnership with Lloyd's Register Foundation.

Find out more about CSIRO's education range

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities offers the following Australian based water education resources:

  • The Murray-Darling Basin
  • The Great Artesian Basin
  • Northern Australia and the Wet Tropics
  • Discovering wetlands in Australia
  • The Lake Eyre Basin
  • Australian Water Education Toolkit.

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Would you and your students like to build a catchment or construct a water wheel or a giant newspaper dome large enough to accommodate the entire class?

EngQuest, an initiative of Engineers Australia, is free for Australian schools. Lower primary, primary and middle years students work in teams, applying their problem-solving skills to designing, constructing and unraveling exciting engineering projects.

Dedicated EngQuest representatives are available to provide your school with ongoing support throughout the program. They will also attempt to help you find an engineer to visit your school, please note that this is not always possible.

This year, the program is introducing a  more interactive approach to address online submissions from schools by volunteers. Engineers are invited to enlist as volunteers. More than 48,000 students have registered for the program and 270 engineer volunteers are already involved.

Find out more and register

The One World Centre is a not for profit, non-government organisation.

The One World Centre holds a great selection of global education resources with a focus on water in their library.

One World Centre water resources list

One World Centre website

This Australian Academy of Science program is an innovative approach to teaching and learning, which aims to enhance primary school teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science.

The Water Works Unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, this precious natural resource. Through investigations, students explore how water is used, where water comes from and how to use it responsibly.

Would you like to share your passion for science with the next generation by linking with a local school?

Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools is a free national program facilitated by CSIRO Education. It is open to anyone with a science, maths or engineering degree who would like to have an ongoing link to a teacher and have fun inspiring students. Even volunteering a few hours a year can have a huge impact.

You can use our activities and lesson plans or anything else you like. You could mentor students, run a science or maths club, link to current research, promote careers in science and maths, develop classroom experiments and activities, visit during National Science Week, provide expert knowledge, just to name a few!

The unique and flexible nature of the program allows for a style and level of involvement that suits each participant. The program provides ongoing support, links to ideas and resources, national email list, newsletters, working with children paperwork sign-off and reimbursement, network events and more.

Nominate your own school or choose one from the unmatched schools map.

Find out more and register

This comprehensive online science program for Years 7–10 is available to all Australian students and teachers and is supported by a research based professional learning approach.

Science by doing is an inquiry-based exploration of contemporary issues associated with water. It focuses on the role science plays in sustainable water management 

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The centre offers a number of kits and files with information and activities to help with catchment education in the classroom. They are available on loan to schools, free of charge.

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The SPICE program, a secondary science teachers’ enrichment program, is an exciting partnership between the WA Department of Education and The University of Western Australia.

The program offers the following water-themed high school teaching resources:

Soft drink science – Year 7/8 chemistry

Soil life – Year 9 biological sciences

The Amazon – Year 9/11 biology

Wetland chemistry – Year 10/11 chemistry/biology

Adaptations – Year 11/12 biology/human science

Redox reactions – Year 11 chemistry

Scitech's water DIY science kit aim to support educators by making available the necessary resources to bring science to life for their students. The kit includes a term's worth of lessons, experiments and investigations about water.

If your school is part of our Waterwise Schools Program, you will get $50 off of the booking price.

Key topics include:

  • properties of water
  • water for life
  • environment and conservation.

Call Scitech's Outreach Team on (08) 9215 0741 or email Scitech to make a booking.

DIY Kit overview

Teacher's guide

Scitech DIY science website

This program has been developed to foster primary school students' interest in science and the use of microscopes, in the context of water.

This project was an initiative of the Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Lyn Beazley and the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, with support from the Science Teachers' Association of Western Australia and Water Corporation.

The Magnifying Microscope is a small hand-held unit that allows students to easily move it around to view items indoors or out.

We have produced an Under the Microscope activity booklet, in conjunction with STAWA, to help teachers integrate the use of Magnifying Microscopes with existing curriculum.

As part of the program, we will provide copies of activity booklet and a free microscope incursion for your science teacher. The activities focus on the use of microscopes, plant adaptations to water supply, plant structure and soil composition, including teacher background notes.

Under the Microscope activity booklet

You can book your incursion before or after you have received your class set of microscopes. If you haven't received your set, we will provide a class set of microscopes to use during the incursion.

Our microscope incursion

To order a set of microscopes for your school, or for more information about the project, visit the Microscopes in schools' website.

Useful links

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A University of Adelaide-led international study has found that fluoride cuts tooth decay in adults of all ages.

A new wave of hope for desal in WA

A world-first wave energy technology will be trialled to reduce emissions and electricity use by powering desal plants in Western Australia.

CSIRO models future climate change water scenarios

The impact of projected climate change on water resources and water dependant ecosystems in South-Western Australia has been assessed, in extensive research by the CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country (WfHC) Flagship.

7 Ted talks on ideas for life without water

Talks on innovative ideas for areas where water is a scarce resource.

WA's water dilemma

It is known for having the fastest growing population of any state in the country and its capital is already being heralded as the major Australian urban centre of the future, but Western Australia faces on enormous infrastructure problem.

Renewable energy from water vapour?

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a polymer film which produces energy from water vapour.

Heritage recognition for Perth's first water supply scheme

Perth’s first public water supply scheme has received national engineering heritage recognition, 121 years after it first delivered water to the city from a reservoir in the hills.

Can you drink too much water?

When it comes to drinking water, most of the health messages we hear are about making sure we get enough. Especially in hot weather, when you've had a tummy bug or when you're exercising, but is it possible to drink too much water?

Energy and carbon costs of water

Working out the energy intensity of different water processes has been a seemingly simple equation up until now.

Friendly flushing: Water-efficient toilets help make sustainable homes

Eco-friendly options, from low-flow to entirely waterless toilets, are an important part of bringing water sustainability into homes.

The hunt for water in the heavens

As NASA’s rover Curiosity ambled across the arid martian surface it made a momentous discovery – a deposit of smooth, oval stones lying in a long depression in Gale Crater near the base of Mount Sharp on the Red Planet.

Inspired by a beetle that draws water from the air, scientist creates self-filling water bottle

The Namib Desert beetle lives in an area that only gets half an inch of rainfall per year. It draws 12% of its weight in water from the air to quench its thirst. NBD Nano co-founder Deckard Sorensen was inspired by the beetle to the point that he conceptualized a self-filling water bottle, which he hopes to bring to the market by 2014.

It takes 1,000 times more water to feed a person than it does to satisfy thirst

With the global population increasing, the demand for food will continue to boom and this will put extraordinary strains on the world’s resources, especially water.  In a recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch report titled The Blue Revolution – Global Water, strategist Sarbjit Nahal takes a closer look at the water story as it relates to food.

Do you need 8 glasses of water a day?

Henry Valtin from the Department of Physiology at the Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire decided to look for any scientific evidence supporting the drinking of 8 glasses of water each day.

Water means business

Often referred to as ‘the next carbon’, water is emerging as a major sustainability challenge facing societies globally.

Water-based batteries

Energy storage will be critically important as we work towards sustainable living. Developing cost-effective ways to store large amounts of electricity from wind turbines and solar farms will be essential in turning from fossil fuels to renewables as our primary source of energy.

Wind turbine creates water from thin air

Wind turbines have long produced renewable energy but a French engineering firm has discovered another eco-purpose for the towering structures.

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