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Science / Year 7 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)

Elaborations
  • relating regulations about wearing seatbelts or safety helmets to knowledge of forces and motion
  • considering issues relating to the use and management of water within a community
  • considering decisions made in relation to the recycling of greywater and blackwater
  • considering how human activity in the community can have positive and negative effects on the sustainability of ecosystems
  • investigating ways to control the spread of the cane toad
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Environmental management,  Technology,  Ethics,  Energy resources,  Farming systems,  Medicine,  Social influence

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Siberian tigers

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River porpoise rescue

Can you imagine seeing porpoises leaping out of the water in a river near you? Sounds unlikely, doesn't it, but that's what people living along the banks of the Yangtze River in China often used to see. These Yangtze finless porpoises are now rapidly disappearing. Find out why and what Chinese scientist Professor Wang Ding ...

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Recycling banana waste

Have you ever wondered what happens to the on-farm waste from our food crops? It's not all left to rot into the soil. Watch as an innovative farmer joins forces with a clever engineer to turn farm waste into a new product with unique properties.

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EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

This is an interactive website about Australia's savannas. It has four main sections providing information about where tropical savannas are located across the world; the importance of termites in Australia's tropical savannas ecosystem; the lifecycle of the termite; and the research being conducted in Australia's savannas. ...

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Cotton Education Kit

This richly illustrated kit provides a range of information and data about the Australian cotton industry. Chapters provide background on the modern industry; sustainability; the history of cotton in Australia; the cotton plant; how cotton is grown; the business of cotton farming; cotton processing, cotton as a economic ...

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Chicken farming in the living world: Stage 4

Chickens are fascinating animals and provide students with an interesting subject matter to discuss the many aspects of our living world. This interactive course for students explores the question 'What scientific knowledge has influenced the current agricultural practices of the chicken meat industry?' and comprises a ...

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2024 Dreaming

Explore options for houses, work, food and transport in 2024 in this multimedia presentation from Radio National. A useful resource for stimulating discussion about applications of science and implications for society and the environment as well as current issues and developments in science. Gives examples of how different ...

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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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Water recycling: productive use of wastewater

What are the options of reusing treated sewage instead of pumping it out to sea? Watch as the Wide Bay Water Corporation in Queensland describes how it has found new ways to use the wastewater to generate extra income and to attract new business to the region.

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From stormwater to drinking water

Imagine turning stormwater into drinking water by pumping it underground. Explore the possibilities with the CSIRO and Salisbury Council in Adelaide in a research project that uses natural processes to remove contaminants from the water. You'll see why this project is attracting international interest.

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Wetlands clean up stormwater

Imagine how much water flows through stormwater drains after rain. Follow the efforts of Salisbury Council in Adelaide after it built a network of wetlands that use natural processes to remove pollutants from stormwater before it reaches the sea.

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Animal recognition system

We have all heard of human face recognition systems, but have you heard of animal recognition technology? Watch this clip to discover how an 'animal recognition gate' is being used to separate the sheep from the goats. Find out how this innovative application of a popular technology might help farmers manage pest animals ...

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Sumatran tigers and paper mills

How might filling your printer with paper be affecting the survival of tigers? Watch this compelling clip to find out about the plight of Sumatran tigers in the wild, and explore the connection between them and paper mills. You will also discover how product labels might not always tell the complete story.

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Recycled water for everyday use

Imagine having water supplied to your home which includes recycled water. Discover how the Salisbury Council in Adelaide is supplying recycled water at a fraction of the cost to households and industry in order to reduce the city's reliance on the Murray River for water.

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Drones and bugs

We don't normally associate robotics with farming but, in fact, robotics have revolutionised farming and agriculture in recent years. Find out how some strawberry farmers are using drones to disperse 'good' bugs for pest control management. Can you think of some other ways drones could be used to help farmers?

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Seeding clouds to make rain and snow

Imagine if we could control the weather. Find out how scientists are already at work making clouds rain when and where they want. It's called cloud seeding. Watch this clip to understand how cloud seeding works, and where it is being used in Australia.

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Saving the northern hairy-nosed wombat

Just what is going on with the northern hairy-nosed wombat? Find out why scientists are working hard to understand more about this elusive Australian mammal. Watch this clip to find out about the ecology of this wombat species and to view some field and laboratory research aimed at saving it. You will also see some footage ...

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Snapshots of top Australian scientists

Australia has produced many of the world's top scientists. Watch this clip to discover who some of them are. Explore the scientific discoveries that made them famous, and how they changed our understanding of the world.

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Returning water to Hattah Lakes

The two short videos in this series highlight the value of Hattah Lakes and the importance of ensuring that sufficient water replenishes the lakes during dry times. The videos explain how dams and weirs upstream store flood water that would otherwise fill the lakes. A collaborative engineering project reduced the environmental ...

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Learn About Wool: Years 7 - 8

This website provides the ideal opportunity for students to explore how wool is produced in carefully-managed environments to ensure a balance between production and long-term environmental sustainability. Year 7 students will find plenty of examples of how the Australian wool industry responds to consumer needs and demands, ...