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What is EP Science?

Tag line – Investigate the possibilities

Vision – A complete teaching, learning and assessment Science solution that provides unparalleled data and the opportunity for continuous feedback, buying back time for more hands-on, inquiry-based experiences in the classroom.

EP Science Content Updates

Lessons produced by our internal Content Team:

Senior Chemistry

  • Fuels – 10 lessons + revision questions
  • Gases & Gas Laws – 8 lessons + revision questions & glossary

Senior Biology

  • NSW – Non-infectious Disease – 15 lessons
  • Cladistics – 4 out of 7 lessons live
  • VCE – Cellular Signals – 3 out of 5 lessons live

Junior Refresh

  • Biology – 6 lessons
  • Physics – 4 lessons
  • Earth & Space Science – 9 lessons

Science News

  • April – ‘I am Greta’
  • March – Glow in the dark platypus
  • February – International Women & Girls in Science Day

We are working with a number of External Teacher Contractors (ETCs) to build resources for region specific syllabus dot points in each of the three subjects. So far they have produced a number of lessons including:

  • NCEA Biology – Emma is currently working on some Internals then going on to Human Evolution/li>
  • VCE Physics – Sarah is continuing to create VCE Physics lessons
  • NSW Physics – Hayley is working on a number of lessons here
  • QCAA Chemistry & Physics – Lisa is wrapping up the last of her Physics lessons on forces
  • Cambridge Coordinated Science – 14 new Chemistry lessons by our ETC, Alexandra
  • What Content is Coming and When?

    The quarter 2 priorities have been established for the internal Science Content Team and these include:

    • Release new senior Biology and Physics lessons on cladistics and orbital mechanics
    • Continue updating existing Y7-10 junior science lessons from a variety of topics
    • Link all existing investigations with RiskAssess, ready for launch in Q3
    • Complete content audits and tidy up necessary duplicates where relevant

    These are all visible on the relevant Monday boards:

    There are also a number of ETC lessons that are currently in varying stages of development for HSC Physics, QCAA Physics, QCAA Biology and Cambridge Coordinated Science.

    What Else is New?

    The EP Science Team has now grown to include three new experienced Science teachers in Australia who will be working closely with Science departments in the Teacher Consultant role. Beth is based in Brisbane while Page and Anna are based in Melbourne. We also have Mathieu who has joined Mel in the international space who is also a trained Science/Biology teacher. He is based in Belgium and Mel is based in Dubai! This means we now have much more capacity to run Science PDs with trained Science teachers across a number of time zones, which is SO exciting!

    As of 23/4/21 we have managed to onboard 229 of 331 Victorian government schools as part of the partnership with the government to provide EP to all Year 7-10 students. We still have a bit of a way to go, but it is chugging along nicely. This will provide us with the opportunity to gather a huge amount of feedback from teachers and students who have been using Stile for the last few years.

    The RiskAssess partnership will go live on July 1st, 2021. This will see us being able to link our Science investigations to the RiskAssess library so that teachers will be able to access the WHS documentation they are required to complete when conducting an experiment. This will also be visible on the RiskAssess side to link teachers to EP.

    Moving forward, questions regarding Science, Psychology and Health content, planning, etc can be directed to myself via Slack or email. There is also the JIRA Content form (linked below) that you can use to provide specific feedback from emails, etc.

    What is EP Science Designed to do?

    EP Science is designed to help teachers to meet the syllabus outcomes of a very crowded curriculum. Teachers are expected to cover theoretical and practical outcomes, usually with more focus on the theory than the practical. Students love the hands-on nature of Science and by helping teachers to automate some of the processes around content delivery and assessment, they can buy back time in class to do these engaging activities with their students. The Content Library is scaffolded and detailed enough to allow students to work through the content on their own, while the teacher keeps an eye on their progress.

    Curriculum Alignment Snapshot

    New Zealand

    Resources available for junior students covering NZC Level 3-5 as well as most external standards for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Science NCEA Level 1. Supporting resources for NCEA Level 2+3 Earth and Space Science. NCEA Level 2+3 externals and NCEA Level 2 investigations for Biology, Chemistry & Physics.

    Australia

    Resources available for junior students covering Years 05-10 that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum as well as individual state curricular where appropriate. Senior content covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and some supporting resources for Psychology and Senior Earth and Environmental Science. These are aligned to AC, NSW, VCE, ATAR, SACE and QCAA curricula.

    International

    Cambridge International alignment covers stages 7-9 along with Key Stage 4/IGCSE for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined and Coordinated Sciences.
    The National Curriculum of England resources cover the majority of Key Stage 3 and provides supporting resources for Key Stage 4.
    US Common Core resources are available for middle and high school students that are aligned to NGSS.
    MYP aligned resources exist for IB schools along with supporting resources for PYP and DP.

    Training & Support

    Please note: Any item with and * is NOT to be shared directly with customers. These resources are for you to develop your own individual understanding of the product, but not to share outside of the company. You may share project updates in conversation, but not by sharing the link to the monday baords.

    Short and sharp ways to describe EP Science to teachers

  • EP Science offers a comprehensive and varied range of captivating, relevant and contextual resources that will inspire, engage and encourage your students to develop a love of learning in Science.
  • A range of highly scaffolded lessons that help students to develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts covered in the Science curriculum.
  • Science lessons that incorporate real-world examples that the students are able to relate to while learning about complex scientific concepts.
  • Resources that support the whole learning of Science including scaffolded content-delivery lessons, engaging literacy and numeracy tasks, first-hand investigations and pre-built assessments.
  • Teachers can use the EP Science resources in a wide range of ways including the flipped classroom, as a textbook replacement or as a homework tool to support the learning that takes place in the classroom. Through the use of the various differentiation tools, teachers can personalise the work that the students are doing based on the selections that they make.
  • Useful questions to ask when organising PD with a Science Department

  • What are you hoping to achieve from using EP? This will obviously be different for each department and ultimately drive your session. If you get a response that you are stuck with, please don’t be afraid to reach out and ask 🙂
  • Do your students have access to a textbook as well as EP? If the answer is yes, then they will most likely be using EP as a homework and revision tool. It would be great to show them how to assign specific sections of tasks or to use the Quick Test function to determine what homework students should be set throughout a period of time. If the answer is no, then you are able to WOW them with all the amazing things that we have that can help support their students learning in Science 🙂
  • Is your department focusing on any skills in particular – e.g. literacy/numeracy? We have a folder of literacy & numeracy tasks that can be found in the main level of the Content Library. Each of these tasks are also found within the appropriate topic that they would be aligned with. Please let me know if you hear anything specific about specific literacy and/or numeracy skills that teachers may feel that we are lacking in.
  • Is the department required to conduct regular formative assessment? This is becoming more frequent and something we can help streamline. Let them know about the ability to tag assessment questions with their specific reporting outcomes so that they can track this throughout the year, but also to export the data and easily analyse the information during reporting time.
  • Does the department teach contextual (e.g. those that combine physics & biology) or integrated units of work (e.g STEM)? If the department teaches contextual units, show them how they can build folders that are made up of resources from various topics within Science. With integrated units of work – highlight the cross-curricular space so that we can help them to build folders that will contain work from a number of different subject areas.