SCIENCE

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The Science course strives to develop student skills, knowledge and understanding in safety in science, equipment and its use, experimenting and laboratory work, states of matter, classification, electricity and electronics, robotics and programming, classification, drones (making and flying), physics, chemistry and mythbusting. 

Year 7

The Year 7 Science course strives to develop student skills, knowledge and understanding in safety in science, equipment and its use, experimenting and laboratory work, states of matter, classification, electricity and electronics, robotics and programming, classification, drones (making and flying), physics, chemistry and mythbusting. Students will be linked in to Swinburne TAFE and experience science in a university atmosphere during this year.

Unit 1 – Students expand upon science concepts and skills that they already possess. They look at safety in our science laboratories and identify the equipment that they will be using and develop skills in the use of that equipment. Students look at the processes involved in experimenting and the notion of fair tests and controlling variables.

Unit 2 – Students explore a variety of activities involved with classification and the objective characterization of animals. They use and develop keys that help them to put the animal world about them into some order. Students look at static and moving electricity and electronics and circuitry in preparation for their robotics unit.

Unit 3 – Students explore a variety of activities involved with robotic planning, building and programming and use those robotics (including drones) to solve real world problems. They develop knowledge, skill and understanding in the use of basic chemicals and their properties during a chemistry unit.

Unit 4 – Students study the basics of physics and experiment with the notions of force, motion, gravity and energy. During this term students will work on developing their higher order thinking skills via a practical unit dealing with mythbusting.

Year 8

The Year 8 Science course strives to develop student skills, knowledge and understanding in earth and space, natural disasters, forces, ecology, biodiversity, waste, robotics (designing, building and programming), chemistry, water and mythbusting. The main aim of each of the above focus areas is to encourage students to incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) into everyday thinking. Students will be continue to be linked in to Swinburne TAFE and experience science in a university atmosphere during this year.

Unit 1 – Students expand upon science concepts and skills that they already possess. They look at earth and space through the ages and possible futures in the space exploration field and experiment with natural disasters in a STEAM project where they use their knowledge, skill and understanding to solve real world problems created by a natural disaster.

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Students explore with a variety of theoretical and practical activities involved with forces, ecology and waste and revisit electronics and circuitry in preparation for their robotics unit.
Unit 3 – Students explore a variety of activities involved with robotic planning, building and programming and use those robotics (including drones) to solve real world problems. They develop knowledge, skill and understanding in the use of basic chemicals and their properties during a chemistry unit. Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Unit 4 –
Students study the basics of physics and experiment with the notions of force, motion, gravity and energy. During this term students will work on developing their higher order thinking skills via a practical unit dealing with mythbusting. Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Year 9

The Year 9 Science course strives to develop student skills, knowledge and understanding in specialist areas that aim to cater for their individual needs and interests. Students will be offered units that will allow them to investigate chemistry, physics, biology and psychology no matter which science focus they choose. The main aim of each of the above focus areas is to encourage students to incorporate ‘teaching without telling’ and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) into everyday thinking. Students will be linked in to Swinburne TAFE and experience science at a university during this year.

Unit 1 – Students look at a biologically based ecology unit experimenting with natural systems in a STEAM project where they use their knowledge, skill and understanding to solve real world problems common in the natural world.

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Students explore physics and forces with a variety of theoretical and practical activities around concepts common to transport, specializing in those related to cars and motorbikes.

Unit 3 – Students explore a variety of activities involved with robotic planning, building and programming and use those robotics (including drones) to solve real world problems. They develop knowledge, skill and understanding in the use of basic chemicals and their properties during a chemistry unit. Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Unit 4 – Students study the basics of Chemistry involved in the home. During this term students will also work on developing their higher order thinking skills via a practical unit dealing with home chemistry mythbusting.
Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Year 10

The Year 10 Science course strives to develop student skills, knowledge and understanding in specialist areas that aim to cater for their individual needs and interests and possible future VCE and career choices. Students will be offered units that will allow them to investigate chemistry, physics, biology and psychology. The main aim of each of the above focus areas is to encourage students to engage in higher order thinking skills in preparation for science in VCE or their potential workplaces. Students will be linked in to Swinburne TAFE and experience science in a university setting during this year.

Unit 1 – Students look at a biologically based mind and body unit experimenting with body systems in a STEAM project where they use their knowledge, skill and understanding to solve real world problems common to replacement body parts.

Unit 2 – Students explore physics and forces with a variety of theoretical and practical activities around concepts common to transport, specializing in those related to flight, rockets and space travel.

Unit 3 – Students explore a variety of activities involved with robotic planning, building and programming and use those robotics (including drones) to solve real world problems. They develop knowledge, skill and understanding in the use of basic chemicals and their properties during a chemistry unit. Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Unit 4 – Students study the basics of Chemistry involved in the workplace. During this term students also work on developing their higher order thinking skills via a practical unit dealing with workplace mythbusting. Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Learning in The Arts also allows students to communicate their perceptions, observations and understanding.

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Robotics Elective Science

During robotics, students are involved in enhancing their creative problem solving techniques. Using robots allows students to become active learners, show initiative and independence. Students usually work in small groups of 2 to 4 students per robot. This encourages the development of basic communication and inter-personal skills. The ability to collaborate and convey complex ideas to a fellow students or colleagues is an important skill that is seen as essential by modern employers. Students will create and use a variety of robots.

Students attend KIOSC at Swinburne as part of science in university placements.

Extension and Support

Access to student support staff in class time, Access to extension / assistance classes after school. Students attend Swinburne TAFE as part of science in university placements. Students have access to intoscience mentors from university. Careers counselling. VCE manager

Students will be linked in to Swinburne TAFE and experience science in a university atmosphere during this year.