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Science / Year 4 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Elaborations
  • investigating how a range of people, such as clothing designers, builders or engineers use science to select appropriate materials for their work
  • considering methods of waste management and how they can affect the environment
  • exploring how science has contributed to a discussion about an issue such as loss of habitat for living things or how human activity has changed the local environment
  • considering how to minimise the effects of erosion caused by human activity
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Causality

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Carbon Cycle Sustainability

People rely on plants to survive, and plants are affected by people. This unit shows some of the relationships that make up earth's ecosystem. This inquiry-based sequence of six lessons is based on current food security, sustainability and photosynthesis research. The experiments and activities include easy to set and see ...

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Recycling household items

Discover why plastic is harmful to our environment and how recycling helps to reduce its impact. Listen to Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark, discuss the problem of plastic. Watch as a bag of household items are sorted to identify what can be recycled.

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Murray River crayfish

What is a 'baited remote underwater video station'? Often the most innovative scientific research is used to identify living things under the threat of extinction. Watch this clip to learn more about the shy but curious Murray River crayfish and the scientists intent on ensuring its survival.

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Game changers and change makers: resource book of ideas for National Science Week 2018

This resource book includes ideas to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about game changers and change makers from the past who have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems, to game changers and change makers of today, ...

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Destination Moon: more missions, more science resource book

Produced for National Science Week 2019, this resource aims to inspire primary and secondary students about space science just as the Apollo program to the Moon did in the 1960s and 1970s. The book features past and emerging space-related research, technologies and ideas from the worlds of science, design, technology, engineering, ...

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Learn About Wool: Years 3 - 4

This website provides resources that support students to investigate the unique properties of wool, how these properties influence the use and behaviour of wool-based end products. Students can also use the Australian wool industry as the basis for investigating the world-class technologies and methods used in modern fibre ...

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Old Bernie's Pond

Clean up Old Bernie's Pond. See how it has become polluted and invaded by introduced species. Restore the pond by choosing actions such as planting native species and removing sources of pollution. Look at the effects of each change. Earn points to get a certificate.

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In digestion

Follow the passage of food through the human body. Select foods and drinks and decide how to digest them. For example, choose to chew, to add saliva to the mouth or add gastric juices to the stomach. Watch how the body reacts to changes. Find out more about digestion along the way and answer questions.

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Effects of g-force on the human body

Peter Rowsthorn visits the Australian International Air Show to answer the question, 'What effect does g-force have on the human body?' Join Pete in the cockpit of a light plane for some aerobatics with pilot David Pilkington. G-force expert Dr David Newman explains the science as Pete endures up to 6 g in the aircraft.

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Artificial eyes: how are they made?

To answer the question 'Are glass eyes really made of glass?' Peter Rowsthorn visits an ocularist who makes artificial eyes. Join him as he investigates how these eyes are made. Witness the skill of an ocularist, Jenny Geelen, as she creates an artificial eye to match Pete's existing eyes.

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Creatures in the garden

See creepy crawly creatures as you've never seen them before. Discover how important wild creatures are to the health of gardens. Find out how you can entice a wide variety of creatures to a garden you know well!

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How plants work

Plants are the only living things that can make their own food. They do this during the day while it's light, using a process called photosynthesis, which uses carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. During the day and night plants take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide through respiration. Discover just how important plants ...

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Who's for dinner?

Look closely at a food chain and food web from a billabong habitat. Help animals to feed and survive. Play the role of a tadpole, fish or heron. Help the animal to grow and breed by feeding and avoiding predators. Notice that eating high-value food sources may increase an animal's risk of being attacked by predators.

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Severe erosion in the Upper Murray River

Farmers along Victoria's Upper Murray claim that soil erosion on their properties is being caused by water released from the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a hydro-electricity project located in the Southern Alps. This clip from 2013 investigates the degradation occurring in an area where prime agricultural land is valued at 10,000 ...

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Proposed coal mine raises environmental issues

Explore the possible benefits and impacts to the environment and community of a proposed new coal mine, called the Wallarah 2 Coal Project. In this clip from late June 2013, find out some viewpoints that landowners, community members, mine representatives and politicians present about the proposed underground mine.

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What is a technology usability specialist?

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Spawning dams, not fish, on the Mekong?

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Environmental fears over proposed barramundi farm

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Planting an orchard

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Food shortage: Please, Sir, can I have some more?

Are we headed for food shortages in the future? Many scientists say that food production is becoming a critical issue and that Australia has a part to play in securing food for the world's future. As you watch this clip from 2013, find out how past strategies dealt with the food security issue, and learn about our plans ...