Science / Year 8 / 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 (ACSHE136)

Elaborations
  • describing how technologies have been applied to modern farming techniques to improve yields and sustainability
  • investigating how Aboriginal people recognise relationships in ecosystems by burning to promote new growth, attract animals and afford easier hunting and food gathering
  • describing the impact of plant cloning techniques (asexual production) in agriculture such as horticulture, fruit production and vineyards
  • investigating the role of science in the development of technology important to the economies and communities of the Asia–Pacific regions, for example car manufacture, earthquake prediction and electronic optics
  • recognising the role of knowledge of the environment and ecosystems in a number of occupations
  • considering how engineers improve energy efficiency of a range of processes
  • recognising the role of knowledge of cells and cell divisions in the area of disease treatment and control
  • investigating how scientists have created new materials such as synthetic fibres, heat-resistant plastics and pharmaceuticals
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Environmental management,  Technology,  Industries

Interactive Resource

Rock your World: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials for exploring all aspects of rocks including types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic), landforms and shaping of the Earth, composition and minerals they contain, and the cycling of rocks. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive ...

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Geology reveals how Earth changes

See how geology can tell us a story about how Earth has changed over time, as well as help predict natural disasters and save lives. Find out how geology can help you understand the world around you even when you are at the beach.

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Light sound action: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials relevant to a study of light, sound, and electricity. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, simulations, video clips, supportive information and notebook questions, and is divided into several parts including sections ...

Interactive Resource

Tsunami: the ultimate guide

This comprehensive web resource provides a series of six interactive slide shows (chapters) that introduce the cause and impacts of tsunami with a focus on Australia, Asia and Pacific regions. Produced by experts in the field, this information is clearly and simply described. The engaging presentation is enriched with photography, ...

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Energy: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials exploring many aspects of energy including the different forms of energy, the energy of moving things, heat, electricity, energy in food, and sources of energy used by modern societies. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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.

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Sustainable table: the coming famine

This is a website about the key issues related to global food insecurity. It contains sections on the scarcity of primary resources; land degradation; land scarcity; waste; climate change; consequences of inaction; and proposed solutions. Photographs, statistics, graphs, maps and figures support the information. This resource ...

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Soils: a hidden resource

This is a video about the importance of soil, its role in global food security and the requirements for its sustainable management. Describing soil as a natural resource slow to develop but quickly destroyed, the video points out the increasing demands being placed on soil to feed the world's rising population and the threats ...

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. ...

Teacher resource

National study guides: Sustainability and Food security- Years 7-10

This is a website containing a range of study guides on sustainability in food production and food security, they include: Water: our most precious resource; Biodiversity: protecting the environment; Greener farming: protecting the environment; Animal health: the science of healthy animals: and Food for the future: Farming ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

Energy: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that contains an overview of lessons relevant to a unit on energy. It contains resources to assist planning and implementing a study of the different forms of energy, the energy of moving things, electricity, energy in food, and sources of energy used by modern societies; and includes a unit outline, ...

Interactive Resource

Macrobiotica – science @ the lakes

In this resource students work as scientists while exploring their local environment in the real world of scientific endeavour. Games and animations are used to model the real experience of investigating a freshwater lake. This version of the Macrobiotica resource has been modified for Internet use by removing Teaching ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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.

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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 ...

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Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.