Science / Year 8 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy (ACSIS141)

Elaborations
  • using specialised equipment to increase the accuracy of measurement within an investigation
  • identifying and explaining the differences between controlled, dependent and independent variables
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Data collection,  Instrumentation (Technology),  Independence (Experiments),  Scientific control

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Rate of Photosynthesis

Students use this resource consisting of eight slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how to measure the rate of photosynthesis and understand what factors affect it. A detailed method is suggested for measuring the effect of varying levels of light. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Fair test

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of lettuces, peas and tomatoes. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and ...

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iPlan

This resource contains ten IWB flipcharts as well as Flash alternative exercises and models how to plan a scientific investigation, choose the right equipment and follow safe working practices.

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Density Simulation (sk-Intel)

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This unit of work will help students make an informed choice on which light globe to use from the wide range of light globes now available. Their choice will be based on cost, value for money, life span of globe, light output and energy used. Students will also gain an understanding of how light output and electricity (energy) ...

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Different types of telescopes

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Ian Frazer discusses the cervical cancer vaccine, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the Australian medical scientist Ian Frazer discussing how he and his colleague Jian Zhou developed the first vaccine to prevent and treat cervical cancer. He describes their breakthrough laboratory discovery in 1990, and how they realised a vaccine was possible. He also tells of the ...

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Marine scientist in the laboratory

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Catalyst: Volcanic eruptions at Mount Ruapehu

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