Science in Years 7 to 9
consists of the elements of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science
so that students can experience each of these main fields. In Year 10,
students look at various fields with greater detail in preparation for senior
studies. Examples of assessment in units include:
a chemistry rap song.
a musical instrument.
dirty water to make clean water.
a scientific toy.
an elective in chemistry such as Fireworks, Cookies or Forensics.
a method for heating ready-made meals.
a day in the life of a gamete cell.
safety features of a vehicle.
an 'alien' creature.
and modifying a Rube Goldberg device.
There is a strong
emphasis on design principles, investigating and communicating
scientifically. Students also participate in real-life applications of
science - visiting such places as Dreamworld & the Science Centre and
joining in programs such as Griffith University's 'Science on the Go' and 'Bush
Tucker' experience day. There is also an innovative & engaging
technology focus. Classrooms have access to such equipment as i-devices,
digital microscopes, microprobes, learning objects, ‘hydrogen’ run car, data
loggers, video editing equipment, 3D modelling software, on-line ‘virtual’