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Promoting Chemistry in Victorian Schools

This website was created to provide secondary school teachers and students with a web-based resource to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Chemistry. We hope you find it useful. Comments and suggestions are welcome and can be made by contacting CEA.  

What's new?

Chemistry Conference La Trobe 14 February 2017

The Annual STAV Chemistry Conference will be held on 14 February 2017 at LaTrobe University.  This conference offers a wide range of workshops to teachers, covering aspects of the new VCAA Study Design. There are two Key Note speakers who will present lectures on some of the latest research in Chemistry and Chemistry Education. The speakers are Professor Sandra Kentish and Professor Tina Overton. Most of the workshops are being offered by Chemistry teachers sharing their ideas for the new course material. Please consider registering before you go on holidays because the conference is very early in Term 1.
Program details and registration

Ann Osman receives Chemistry Educator Award 2016

CEA members recognised the 2016 CEA Chemistry Educator of the Year, Ann Osman, for her outstanding contributions to different aspects of chemistry and science education at the Annual Dinner for 2016. The dinner was held on 11 November, at University House at the University of Melbourne. It was a highly enjoyable evening, with stories of the past and much laughter.

New resources for the new VCAA Study Design

On this website under the heading VCE Chemistry in the menu, there are links to the VCAA information about the new Study Design. Also, there are many resources for teachers, provided by the CEA and Chemistry teachers. These have been gradually updated (the latest update date is given) and include:

  • suggested timetables for Units 1 - 4
  • suggested practical activities
  • suggested questions to set students from the Pearson Heinemann Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2 text books
  • copies of workshops from the 2016 Chemistry Conference and the CEA November Lectures workshops 2015 and 2016, which provided new content material, ideas for the practical investigations, possible new SACs and pracs. 


Annual General Meeting

The CEA AGM was held on 4 May 2016 at University House at the University of Melbourne. It was a successful night and the winner of the 2015 Ken Mappin Prize gave a most interesting address.

CEA November Lectures

A very successful November Lectures 2016 was held on Friday 18 November at the University of Melbourne.

Implementation Workshops for Unit 3 & 4

Workshops to assist planning and development of Unit 3 & 4 programs for the new Chemistry Study Design were run at host schools throughout Victoria in late August, September and early October 2016. Workshops were held in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Belgrave, Bendigo, Berwick, Bright, Brighton, Charlton, Churchill, Clayton, Coburg, Eltham, Euroa, Geelong (Newtown and Waurn Ponds), Hawthorn, Horsham, Ivanhoe, Keilor Downs, Keilor East, Kew, Mildura, Mt Eliza, Mulgrave, Nathalia, Portland, Ringwood East, South Yarra, Springvale, St Kilda, Swan Hill, Werribee and Wodonga.
The summary of the minutes from these meetings will be placed here soon.

The full list of 2016 dates, venues and contact teachers are here.

Summary of Developmental Workshop Minutes from 2015

Olympiad Training Program for the Australian Science Olympiad Examination in Chemistry

The 14 week training program offered by CEA and The School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, covers all concepts in Year 12 Chemistry as well as a significant number of first year university topics. Students who have attended this program in the past have reviewed it enthusiastically and have achieved excellent results in the Australian Science Examination in Chemistry, with High Distinctions and Distinctions. This year, as in past years, some students were selected to attend the Summer Olympiad Program at Monash University, from which the team of 4 will be finally selected.

In 2017 the program, which will start in early March 2017, will be advertised here early in 2017.

Early Careers Chemistry Network

 Successful curriculum-developing activities have been held this year. If you are interested in becoming members of this vibrant group please contact Drew Chan.

'Science while Sciencing'

Please follow this link to see some short videos explaining how research scientists work and what they do. They are amusing and helpful and Careers Teachers might also find them useful when discussing career options with Science students.

Science while sciencing

CEA Dates for 2017

Advance notice of the following events:

  • AGM: Sometime in early May - will be confirmed soon
  • Annual Dinner: Sometime in mid November
  • November Lectures: Probably 3rd Friday in November - to be confirmed soon


RACI for Teachers and Students

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute is the Voice of Chemistry in Australia and provides information on latest developments and opportunities in Chemistry and the chemical sciences.

Teachers and schools are encouraged to consider RACI membership in order to gain access to advice on careers and tertiary courses for their students, discounted entry to RACI seminars and conferences and useful information on upcoming RACI sponsored lectures and other events. The RACI Victorian Branch is also committed to providing fun and educational chemistry-based opportunities to Secondary and Tertiary students, in the form of lectures, competitions and activities. 

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If you are a member of CEA, but not receiving emails from CEA, could you please update your email address by emailing Mick Moylan