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Science / Year 1 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

  • considering how science is used in activities such as cooking, fishing, transport, sport, medicine and caring for plants and animals
  • considering that technologies used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people require an understanding of how materials can be used to make tools and weapons, musical instruments, clothing, cosmetics and artworks
  • exploring how musical instruments can be used to produce different sounds
  • comparing how different light sources are used in daily life
  • identifying ways that science knowledge is used in the care of the local environment such as animal habitats, and suggesting changes to parks and gardens to better meet the needs of native animals
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Environmental management,  Technology,  Lifestyles


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Cats, Dogs and Us: Education pack (years 1-2)

This education pack is an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) resource designed to build students' understanding about the special place domestic cats and dogs have in people's lives. The pack consists of a teaching guide, a student magazine and five student worksheets focusing on topics such as the physical characteristics ...


Aboriginal artefacts from north-western New South Wales, 19th century

This is a collection of 19th-century Aboriginal artefacts from north-western NSW, consisting of one unusual parrying shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs.


Telstra T1000C rental telephone, 2003-04

This is a Telstra T1000C rental telephone manufactured by Thomson Telecom Australia between 2003 and 2004. The grey plastic-and-metal telephone features blue push buttons and a spiral cord. There is an LCD screen in the upper right corner above the push buttons. Product information is stamped on the back (not shown).


Apollo 8 space meal package, 1968

This is a space meal package developed for the Apollo 8 mission and prepared in the USA in 1968. It comprises a six-item dinner, including five food items and one drink - all in a sealed clear plastic envelope. One of the food items (probably soup) and the drink are in plastic sachets fitted with two tubes - an eating tube ...


Solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave, 1907-12

This is a metal solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave between 1907 and 1912. The varnished wooden base comprises two triangular boards: one horizontal and one attached at a 50-degree angle. The base supports a brass rod that sits at a 45-degree angle. Mounted on the end of the rod is a wide metal cone painted silver ...


Steam wagon made by Aveling and Porter, 1920

This is an overtype steam wagon, manufactured from timber and steel by Aveling and Porter in 1920. The side of the wagon reads: 'MUNICIPALITY OF ROCKDALE'. The wagon has a traction-engine locomotive-type boiler with the cylinders and valve gear mounted on top of the boiler. The rear wheels are perforated and staked (the ...


Cable-trailing tramcar, 1894

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Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter, 1961

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NorthStar Advantage personal computer, early 1980s

This is a NorthStar Advantage 8/16, an integrated personal computer with accessories and software. The computer has a plastic shell that is beige on the sides and brown at the front. There is a glass screen at front left and there are two floppy disk drives, one under the other, to the right. The built-in keyboard slopes ...


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Ship model, HMS Supply, escort for First Fleet, 1937-38

This is a 1:24 scale model of HMS armed brig Supply, the armed escort that accompanied the First Fleet from Britain to New South Wales. It is made of wood, cotton and synthetic threads and is complete with masts, yards, tops and standing and running rigging. Deck details include catheads, cleats and bollards, deck rails ...


Bakelite Airzone mantle radio, 1938

This is an Airzone model 5057 'Symphony Leader' radio receiver. The radio cabinet is in a brown bakelite 'tombstone' form with a large circular frequency dial and four brown knobs below the dial. The speaker grille has three segments, which are outlined with rigid, white plastic fittings. Brown-and-white speckled fabric ...


Chairs and table made from vine, 1880-90

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