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

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Curriculum content descriptions

People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (ACSHE121)

Elaborations
  • investigating everyday applications of physical separation techniques such as filtering, sorting waste materials, reducing pollution, extracting products from plants, separating blood products and cleaning up oil spills
  • investigating how advances in science and technology have been applied to the treatment of water in industrial and household systems
  • investigating how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge is being used to inform scientific decisions, for example care of waterways
  • researching the different scientific responses to the rabbit plagues in Australian agricultural areas
  • recognising that water management plays a role in areas such as farming, land management and gardening
  • investigating how separation techniques are used in the food and wine industries
  • considering how seasonal changes affect people in a variety of activities such as farming
  • considering how sports scientists apply knowledge of forces to improve performance
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Environmental management,  Technology,  Industries

Assessment resource

Dugong dilemma: assessment

Assess your ability to test a hypothesis by investigating data and using scientific models. Select likely hypotheses for the decrease in a dugong population. Investigate the living things present in a coastal marine habitat, and use a food web to understand the relationships between different animals. Model the effects ...

Interactive Resource

Aim to Sustain

Students identify and explore ways in which human activity can threaten biodiversity and the health of our planet. Students are encouraged to take positive action to promote sustainability. The four resources: Get the message, Help a habitat, Alien invaders and A world of difference include videos, SMART notebooks, worksheets ...

Interactive Resource

Aim to sustain: Help a habitat

Students will identify and explore ways in which human activity threatens animal habitats. The resource includes videos, SMART notebooks, worksheets and links to further interactive resources. Students have the opportunity to compose and present persuasive texts. The resource includes support notes for teachers and/or supervisors. ...

Interactive resource

Eco forest

Take on the role of forest manager. Learn about the biodiversity of the forest and the animals that live there. Select different logging methods for three 50-year cycles. For example, you can choose to clear-fell or retention harvest old-growth forests, regrowth forests, or combinations of the two. Choose the best method ...

Assessment resource

Fair test: design a fair test: assessment

Test your understanding of experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of variables on the growth of tomatoes. Examine the effect of temperature on growth. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions.

Interactive Resource

Sites2See: What is climate change?

A page to address the question What is climate change? from the definition, to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the foremost authority, and selected links covering aspects of that question with games, graphics, activities, information sites, resource packs and video interviews, for teachers and students. ...

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Choice: food warnings and safety

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products, packaging and production in terms of food safety including food hygiene, genetically modified food, pesticides and food additives. It covers Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods, pesticides in vegetables, plastic and plasticiser contamination in food, food additives ...

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The water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

This 12 minute video explains the water cycle in the context of the Murray Darling Basin and the great variability in rainfall in the region causing frequent floods and droughts. It highlights the importance of the rivers in the Murray Darling Basin for agriculture, environmental health, water supply, habitat for migratory ...

Interactive Resource

Energy use and efficiency – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on energy use and efficiency 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 ...

Interactive Resource

Oresome world

This interactive resource takes students on a journey of discovery in the energy and mining world. Oresome world contains five games or modules: Coal, Energy, Gas, Low emissions and Mining, and within each of these there are several facilities to explore, such as the Underground mining site, Hydroelectric power station, ...

Interactive resource

Wind farm: pros and cons

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community. Gather facts and opinions from local residents such as a dairy farmer, small business owner, young family and retired people. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, lifestyle ...

Interactive resource

Save the lake

Fish are dying in a lake because of pollution in the water. Test the lake water with chemical indicators. Work out which industry caused the pollution problem. Suggest changes to save the lake.

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Space storms

This 11 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how the sun can impact on Earth's power grid and satellite communications. This program also describes recent technology to study the sun and understand the causes of coronal mass ejections.

Teacher resource

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, ...

Assessment resource

Fair test: use a fair test: assessment

Assess your ability to set up a scientific fair test to investigate the effects of light duration on the growth of tomatoes. Analyse the results and decide the best answer to a customer's question about how much light is needed to grow tomatoes successfully.

Interactive Resource

Catchment Detox

Students play the game and make decisions about the development of a catchment with competing economic and environmental demands. Students receive feedback on how sustainably their catchment has been managed.

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Aboriginal fire knowledge reduces greenhouse gases

Come on an eye-opening trip to Western Arnhem Land in northern Australia to find out how Aboriginal fire-control techniques are used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tonnes.On the trip you will also find out how exploding ping-pong balls are used to create low greenhouse gas firebreaks at the right time ...

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ACMF: Chicken and the environment

This resource is a web page that provides information about the environmental impacts of commercial poultry meat production and describes related research and development projects in environmental sustainability. The resource compares the environmental effects of chicken meat production with pork, beef and lamb production ...

Interactive Resource

Sites2See: Insects and Spiders

This page links to a range of materials from the Australian Museums' Bugwise program, with additional materials and activities, including a resource about invertebrates in freshwater.

Interactive resource

Resort rescue: coastal protection

Look at long-term effects of development at a beach resort. Explore effects on fish stocks, coral cover, wildlife, sedimentation and coastal erosion. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to plant mangroves, cocos palms or build a sea wall. Try to maximise economic performance, environmental protection ...