What is SPECTRA?
SPECTRA, or Science Program Exciting Children Through Research Activities, is a national science award program developed and administered by ASTA for students between Years 1 and 10.
SPECTRA can be used:
- as a class activity;
- to extend capable students;
- to encourage and inspire students that find science a challenge;
- in school science clubs;
- in homeschooling and by community groups (e.g. scouts).
There are two levels in the program: SPECTRA and Junior SPECTRA. Each level has a range of science topic cards where students complete activities related to their chosen topic. The students carry out a range of practical and observational activities, research, experiments and projects. When the required number of activities has been completed to the satisfaction of the teacher/parent, the student is awarded a certificate and badge. The cards are provided in full colour with engaging images. Junior SPECTRA has Spike the Echidna on every card.
SPECTRA is aimed at, but not restricted to, Years 5-10.
Junior SPECTRA is aimed at, but not restricted to, Years 1-4.