The TechNyou Science Education Resource provides science teachers resources to introduce emerging technologies in the classroom. These resources have been matched to the Australian Curriculum in Science for secondary year students, and are designed to introduce nanotechnology and biotechnologies with reference to the established traditional science disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
TechNyou Science Education Resources is the combined work of Education Services Australia, and the former AccessNano and Biotechnology Online education resources. It is an Australian Government initiative supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education's (DIISRTE) National Enabling Technology Strategy's Public Awareness and Community Engagement (NETS-PACE) section.
It is designed to provide educational resources that are relevant to the Australian Curriculum in Science which introduce the fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology to the classroom. It is also designed to be long-lived and continually developing, users of the resource have the opportunity to apply their own knowledge and experience and amend the resource so it is constantly improving.
TechNyou Science Education Resources is part of the TechNyou information outreach program provided by the University of Melbourne with the support of NETS-PACE. The service provides news, factsheets and an online community discussion forum through its Facebook group, Talking Technology.
History of Development
TechNyou Science Education Resources is based from the pre-existing education resources, Biotechnology Online and AccessNano.
Biotechnology Online was launched in 2001 by the now closed Australian Government Biotechnology Australia public awareness program. It was made with the support and assistance of the following organisations:
- Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Disease
- ABC Online, The Lab
- Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
- Australian Science Teacher's Association and the State and Territory Science Teacher Associations
- Australian Stem Cell Centre
- Children's Medical Research Institute CSIRO Education
- CSIRO Livestock Industries
- CSIRO Plant Industry
- CSIRO Publishing
- CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
- Dairy Cooperative Research Centre
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Department of Education, Science and Training
- Department of the Environment and Heritage
- Department of Health and Ageing
- Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
- Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand
- Murdoch Children's Medical Research Institute
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Institute of Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
- IP Australia
- Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
- Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
- Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre
AccessNano was launched in 2008 by the now closed Australian Office of Nanotechnology working with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. It was produced by science communications consultancy Bridge 8 and was based on the 2006 SHINE program developed by Victorian science teachers, Francesca Calati, Christine Willocks, Juha Ruuska, Hong Tay, Huwi-Ling Mak, Jenny Russell and Amanda Clarke with support from Nanotechnology Victoria and the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.
AccessNano was made with the supporting contribution of the following individuals and organisations:
- Nanotechnology Victoria
- Australian Science Teachers Association
- Science Teachers' Association Victoria
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Vic)
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development (Vic)
- Department of Education (Tas)
- La Trobe University
- Flinders University
- Monash University
- Deakin University
- RMIT University
- GM Holden
- St Helena Secondary College (Vic)
- Balwyn High School (Vic)
- Australian Science and Mathematics School (SA)
- Southwood Boys' Grammar School (Vic)
- Prince Alfred College (SA)
- Pembroke School (SA)
- Melba Copeland Secondary School (ACT)
- Exeter High School (Tas)
- Casimir Catholic College (NSW)
- Brighton Secondary School (SA)
For more information or enquiries about the TechNyou Science Education Resource, or the TechNyou information outreach service email: feedback(at)technyou(dot)edu(dot)au (just replace the words with the symbols) you can also follow us on Twitter.