Hello! This post is being written by your friendly video producing colleague from J8, Alisha Duncan. If you haven’t met me yet I’m the one who’s often seen traipsing around campus with a backpack and tripod, looking for my next victim presenter to film. I’m producing short educational videos for year 11 and 12 students, based on the work here at ANU. The videos will be used in a flipped classroom setting, so students can have more class time to experiment and get their hands dirty.

The first half of the Earth and Environmental Science videos have already been released to the meriSTEM community and they’re getting rave reviews, with comments like:

‘Brilliant module’
‘I learnt so much!’, and my personal favourite…
‘I like how this module challenges the curriculum descriptor’.

To see some examples of the videos, see this module here called Evidence for Climate Change over time . Great work from Sarah and Brad.

Why is this work important?

This work is important because it gives students access to you, the researchers here within the ANU community. The videos are available and curriculum matched to schools Australia-wide and for students who haven’t met a scientist before, we’re offering them the chance to see you, hear you, and get to know a bit about your work. With the broad diversity that we have here at RSES, I’m really pleased that most students will be able to see someone like them presenting in our videos.

The work is also important for teachers. In Australia, 90% of Earth and Environmental Science teachers are teaching subjects they haven’t taken during their own university courses. Yes, you read that right. It’s the highest number of teachers teaching ‘out of area’ of all the scientific disciplines. So while you’re sharing yourself with students, both teachers and students are learning the content and improving their skills and knowledge for the future.

How can I give back to the schools?

Well, filming has just about wrapped on the bulk of the project. But I am on the hunt for your favourite demo, pracs, local field locations or other displays of the science. I’m looking for anything that’s visual and engaging and fun to watch. This prac here on density is a good example , as is the demo below showing a model of the Earth’s inner core.

You don’t have to film the demo yourself (although it would be nice!), but for now, I’m just looking for ideas. To get in touch, please contact me at alisha.duncan@anu.edu.au.