Science

Tracking the Transit of Venus

Science aims to develop responsible and enterprising citizens, capable of making informed decisions based on sound scientific evidence. Scientific literacy is encouraged through a variety of learning experiences that reflect topical issues. Across all year levels, skills are developed and enhanced within the broad areas of scientific knowledge: Energy and Force, Matter, Living Things, Earth and Space and Science as a Human Endeavour. These areas are taught as a range of topics, of varying lengths. They are incorporated into patterns of study appropriate for groups of students with similar abilities.

Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, including the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of the contribution science makes to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

Goals:

  • Respect the evolving nature of human knowledge
  • Develop critical thinking processes
  • Understand fundamental scientific principles
  • Develop rational and logical problem-solving skills
  • Create sceptical thinkers who challenge ideas and information
  • Analyse information and make ethical judgements
  • Efficiently and effectively communicate knowledge and ideas
  • Predict and plan appropriate methods to test ideas and understanding
  • Make decisions and act based on evidence and observation
  • Endeavour to always deepen knowledge and understanding
  • Foster curiosity for the natural wonders of the universe

Enrichment Activities:

ACE Science

ACE Science is a unique opportunity in the ACT to engage with contemporary science and engineering. ACE Science is designed for students with a specific interest in Science, to develop within them an awareness of contemporary science and engineering, their philosophy, practice and laboratory environments.

MSATT

To cater for students interested in Astronomy, the McNamara-Saunders Astronomical Teaching Telescope (MSATT) was constructed at Mount Stromlo Observatory. MSATT is a facility for public high school and college students to undertake longer-term, student-centred projects in astronomy and astrophysics.

Science Mentors

Science Mentors partners students with a practitioner in the field of the student’s interest. Students undertake a six-month long investigation requiring experimentation (either laboratory or theoretical, depending on their interest). They then analyse and report on their findings, culminating in a fully referenced and refereed report. Mentors guide students through the project drawing on their experience and expertise to help the student develop authentic investigative, experimental and report writing skills.

Science Tours

Science Tours are designed to familiarise students with working science and engineering laboratories, as well as Canberra’s engineered and natural environment. Science Tours introduce students to universities as places of future study and expose students to a wide range of science disciplines. Students are required to take notes throughout the Tours. Students attend four Science Tours each year to up to eight different venues.

Science Seminars

‚ÄčScience Seminars are fortnightly presentations by speakers from academia and industry ranging from undergraduate students to professors. Fields range from cosmology to medicine, entomology to radio physics.