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Science / Year 6 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)

Elaborations
  • considering how personal and community choices influence our use of sustainable sources of energy
  • investigating how understanding of catastrophic natural events helps in planning for their early detection and minimising their impact
  • recognising that science can inform choices about where people live and how they manage natural disasters
  • considering how guidelines help to ensure the safe use of electrical devices
  • discussing the use of electricity and the conservation of sources of energy
  • researching the scientific work involved in global disaster alerts and communication, such as cyclone, earthquake and tsunami alerts
  • investigating how electrical energy is generated in Australia and around the world
  • researching the use of methane generators in Indonesia
  • considering how electricity and electrical appliances have changed the way some people live
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Decision making

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Did Thomas Edison steal the idea for electric light globes?

This is a resource that uses the topic of the invention of the electric light globe, to explore intellectual property, in particular patents. The resource has a focus on the historical story behind the invention and questions if Thomas Edison was the true inventor. Topics explored include: how the electric light globe works; ...

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Tsunami: the ultimate guide

This comprehensive web resource provides a series of six interactive slide shows (chapters) that introduce the cause and impacts of tsunami with a focus on Australia, Asia and Pacific regions. Produced by experts in the field, this information is clearly and simply described. The engaging presentation is enriched with photography, ...

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Australian inventions timeline

This is a resource that uses the topic of Australian inventions and innovations to explore trade marks, patents and registered design. The resource includes learning activities that examine significant Australian inventions and innovations, the impact that these inventions and innovations have had on the development of ...

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Future earth: resource book of ideas for national science week 2017

This is a resource book of ideas, activities, background science notes and case studies to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about what’s involved in attaining and maintaining a sustainable ‘Future Earth’. The webpage also ...

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Air cargo scanner

Did you know that air cargo is not subjected to the same kind of scrutiny that we face? In order to redress this security problem, CSIRO scientists have developed an air cargo scanner that is capable of detecting different materials in cargo. What are some of the benefits of a scanner that can detect not just shapes and ...

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Predicting earthquakes

Will scientists ever be able to accurately predict earthquakes? Imagine the number of lives that could be saved if this were possible. Dr Maryanne Demasi joins a group of researchers drilling into one of the most earthquake-prone regions on Earth as they try to improve earthquake prediction to add precious seconds to earthquake ...

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Supercapacitors: new battery technology

Discover how nanotechnology is contributing to the creation of new, improved batteries that may soon be used in all our mobile phones and portable music devices - even in cars and trams. Catalyst's Tanya Ha looks at how traditional batteries produce electricity and how their efficiency may be increased by tiny devices known ...

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Cyclone Yasi

Imagine your house being battered by 285 km per hour winds! That is what happened when Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 cyclone, hit far north Queensland in 2011. Watch this clip showing Yasi unleashing its fury. Find out about how the locals prepared themselves, and what they found in the aftermath.

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Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

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Kitchen gardens – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on kitchen gardens using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and ...

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Thermal comfort – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This thermal comfort learning resource will guide students through an extended school based investigation. Students will develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

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Investigating technologies in agriculture

This is a teacher resource containing a series of inquiry teaching sequences about the role that technologies play in the production of food and fibre in Australia. It contains material to assist the planning, implementing and assessing a study of a range of primary industries and the innovative methods and equipment they ...

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Macrobiotica – science @ the lakes

In this resource students work as scientists while exploring their local environment in the real world of scientific endeavour. Games and animations are used to model the real experience of investigating a freshwater lake. This version of the Macrobiotica resource has been modified for Internet use by removing Teaching ...

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Assisted Finger Orthosis

Rehabilitation from hand tendon surgery, one of the most common types of surgery in Australia, is set to benefit from new technology. Assisted Finger Orthosis will help recovering patients by restricting the movement of the fingers so as not to damage the work done by the surgery, while at the same time restoring strength ...

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Algae oil

Could algae be used to create an alternative to crude oil? It's not straightforward - but it is possible. This video describes how algae and waste products from other industries could be used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and play a part in controlling climate change.

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Discovering the secret life of bees

What's life like for a honey bee? That's exactly what Tasmanian scientists are interested in finding out. They've been busy gluing tiny sensors between the wings of bees, so their movements can be tracked and we can learn more about bee behaviour. What are some of the reasons scientists give for wanting to better understand ...

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Ecological effects of bushfires

Did you know that Australia is the most flammable continent on Earth? Watch this clip to discover how bushfires impact natural ecosystems, and how the increasing global threat of bushfires may affect Australia. Australian scientists explain the ecological consequences of fire and a US expert describes his concerns for the future.

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Volcanoes and people

Imagine living in the shadow of a volcano? Well, millions of people do in Naples, Italy, where a massive volcano called Vesuvius exists. This clip explores the dangers posed by volcanoes and investigates some recent and ancient eruptions. Find out some misconceptions about volcanoes and discover how science is helping prevent ...

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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Solar power

Have you ever imagined how much energy the Sun outputs every day? Listen as Dr Charles Lineweaver, from the Planetary Science Institute at ANU, describes why a solar farm based in space can capture and use more of the Sun's enormous energy potential.