This unit runs for one semester. Students may choose to do this unit as an optional 3rd Semester of Science.
Students learn that knowledge of science helps them understand and shape the world in which we live, as well as learn to care for it and conserve it. They gain an awareness of how they can initiate and participate in informed discussions to argue and act for protection and conservation of our environment. In this course there is an emphasis on the biological sciences. Students discover the impact organisms have on ecosystems, explore the flow of matter and energy, and the effect of change and continuity. They learn to take an inquiry-based approach to their work, gathering information, evaluating evidence, synthesising new knowledge, and applying their learning to solving environmental problems. Students who have shown an interest in working with community groups on environmental projects will find the course beneficial.
· Environment and Sustainability
· Plant and Animal Diversity
- Effect of introduced species
- Impact of reducing biodiversity
· Human Impact on Ecosystems
- Water testing
- Climate Change
Several excursions are programmed to sites including Urrbrae Wetlands Project and Torrens Lake Ecocity Walk. Each excursion may cost approximately $8.00. All students are invited to participate in a number of Science competitions.
Knowing & Understanding
Processing and Evaluating
Inquiring & Designing
Reflecting on the impacts of Science