Practical Science

This unit is recommended for students who prefer a “hands on approach” to work and want to extend their scientific knowledge in practical contexts.

In Practical Science students cover topics that complement the work covered in core science.

The key topics that students may be involved in are:

  • The environment: where students explore the interactions of abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems in the context of horticulture and weather stations
  • Physics: students participate in group activities that explore the balance of forces and the application of these in the context in different contexts
  • Electricity: understanding electricity and electrical circuits and applying these to building circuits and model houses
  • Flight: studying the physics of flight and applying these to various objects that fly such as rockets and model planes and building models where appropriate to demonstrate these
  • Forensic Science: students will study scientific methods applied to crime scene investigations, analysis of different types of evidence using microscopic and chemical techniques and forensic related occupations.

Students are encouraged to improve their scientific understanding and skills by interacting with a variety of learning experiences that includes an emphasis on laboratory work and safety, thus enhancing their science inquiry skills. The nature, development, use and influence of science are explored.

Students record and communicate their progress using a variety of techniques such as workbook entries, written scientific reports, posters, models and multimedia presentations.

Contact Teacher - Chris Misale