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Science Skills | meriSTEM


About This Course

What makes science science? What are the rules for significant figures again? How do I choose the right kind of graph for my data? Where do I even start to solve a big world-saving problem?

meriSTEM Science Skills is a great primer for starting senior science, or a handy reference guide for those things you really should remember from junior high school.

Course sub-topics

  • Welcome to meriSTEM
  • Units
  • Unit prefix conversions
  • Unit conversions
  • Measurement
  • Significant figures
  • Calculating significant figures
  • Graphs
  • Graphing software
  • Interpreting data
  • Statistics
  • Scaling and Estimates
  • Estimates worked examples
  • Formulae, algebra, symbols, nomenclature

Information for teachers

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Course Staff

Kathryn White

Dr Kathryn White

Kathryn White is a secondary school teacher in Canberra. She received a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Sydney (2006) and worked in soft matter physics research at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2009). She has taught at Merici College since 2010, and additionally teaches the ANU Extension course in Chemistry. She holds a Highly Accomplished certification from the Teaching Quality Institute ACT and is the Program Director for the Junior Science Olympiad. She has been working on flipping her courses since 2013.

Joe Hope

Joe Hope

Joe Hope is an ARC Future Fellow who leads a theory group focussing on many aspects of quantum theory. He investigates atom lasers, BEC, quantum memories, atom-light entanglement and quantum field theoretical techniques. He is also interested in feedback-based control of atom lasers and other high-dimensional quantum systems.

Joe teaches the undergraduate theoretical physics course Phys3001 and the honours course in quantum mechanics. He uses blended learning approaches in these courses, where lectures are replaced by online materials and face-to-face time comes in the form of workshops. He is also using this approach as the basis for the MeriSTEM project, which aims to provide similar materials for secondary education. He has received an OLT Award for Teaching Excellence and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education.

Joe's group hosts the development for the popular XMDS software integration package (, which has been downloaded in 71 countries. He is the secretary for the Australian Institute of Physics, and on the committees of the Education and Women in Physics topical subgroups of the AIP. He works with local high school physics teachers to support secondary teaching, and often co-ordinates or performs outreach activities.

Vanessa Robins

Vanessa Robins

Vanessa Robins is an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Australian National University. Her research interests include computational topology and geometry. She works on the underlying mathematics, algorithms, and applications to scientific problems.

Vanessa has taught a number of courses at the ANU, including the first year advanced mathematics course and she currently teaches third year condesned matter.

Rebecca Wang

Rebecca Wang

Rebecca is a third year student undertaking Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours in Actuarial Studies and Economics) which is a joint degree program with the National University of Singapore, where she completed the economics component of the degree. She is currently focusing on the actuarial courses in my program at ANU. She also completed a finance internship at Laerdal Medical.

Rebecca Wang

Emmanuelle Dunn Lewis

Emmanuelle is currently studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in French at ANU. She is currently doing an internship at the Alliance Fran├žaise and is a Secondary English Tutor for Cluey Learning. In her free time, she can be found going on long walks (at all hours of the day) or watching French films and making mug cakes! She has been involved in editing and creating videos for meriSTEM and is keen to get involved in future projects.

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