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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

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Recycling banana waste

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Growing avocados

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Vegetables Victoria: soil health

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EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

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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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CSIRO: Uncovering the dirt on soil and water

This is a CSIRO vodcast of more than 9 minutes that shows, using simple models and demonstrations, how water moves through the soil profile. It then discusses how this understanding can be used to improve the efficiency of crop irrigation by minimising water losses to deep drainage. It also follows the development of a ...

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ACMF: Effects of selective breeding

This resource is a web page providing information about an experiment on the growth rate of different chicken breeds carried out by students at James Ruse Agricultural High School in NSW, which shows the influence of selective breeding on chicken weight. It includes a side-by-side column graph comparing the weight of egg ...

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Vegetables Victoria: irrigation

This video of nearly 5 minutes includes interviews with vegetable growers who have been in the industry for a long time, talking about the development of irrigation systems in vegetable growing. They describe irrigation systems made up of galvanised pipes, hoses and sprinklers fed by mains water; how they had to move them ...

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Feeding relationships: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, students explore and develop models of food chains and food webs to represent and analyse the flow of energy through ecosystems and explore the impact of changing components within these systems.

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Water recycling: productive use of wastewater

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From stormwater to drinking water

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Wetlands clean up stormwater

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Animal recognition system

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Sumatran tigers and paper mills

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Interested in solving the world's future challenges?

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Oresome world

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Recycled water for everyday use

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Sustainable fish farming

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What are modular farms?

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Would you eat insects?

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