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Text Science Futures: student guide

TLF ID M020762

This students guide focuses on three main themes: the nature of the Universe and space; the future of science and new technologies; and science literacy in the modern world. This resource contains different parts or chapters, each with information, images and diagrams, inquiry activities, discussion questions, and links to videos, learning objects and activities in the student digital resource. This resource includes background information, a unit outline, glossary of terms, student worksheets, and assessment suggestions. This Science By Doing resource is part of a comprehensive resource containing three parts: a student guide, student digital, and this teacher guide.

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  • This resource is highly valuable to the Nature and development of science substrand in year 10. It supports learning about space theories and models like the Big Bang Theory and the expansion of the universe, including how these theories have been refined over time by scientists. This resource also contains many opportunities for researching the link between technologies and advances in science. Both the space chapters and the science futures chapters contain information and activities that look at telescopes, robotics, medical technologies and many others.
  • This resource is also highly relevant to both content descriptions in the Use and influence of science substrand in year 10. The chapters on the future of science  contain many opportunities for students to learn about future applications of science technologies such as nanotechnology, gene technologies and medical imagery. In the science literacy chapters, students learn about scientific developments for building sustainable futures and creating new products; as well as evaluating science in the media and ethics. The space science chapters are valuable for looking at the teams and branches of science involved in space exploration, space elevator technology and funding big science research.
  • This is a valuable resource for the year 10 Earth and space sciences content description about the universe and the Big Bang theory as an explanation for its origin. It supports learning about the evidence supporting the Big Bang theory including Edwin Hubble's observations and detection of cosmic radiation; as well as discoveries about the accelerated expansion of the universe including the work of Australian scientist Brian Schmidt.
  • This is a valuable resource due to its relevance to several content descriptions within the Scientific inquiry and skills strand for year 10. This resource provides opportunities for students to develop ideas to investigate; plan simple investigations and collect data; and use tables and graphs to analyse trends and describe relationships. There are also activities for students to construct scientific arguments based on evidence; evaluate how science as well as ethical, political and economic considerations influence issues; and communicate scientific ideas using poster presentations, oral debates, and group discussions.
  • This resource also provides opportunities to link to the year 9-10 Design and Technologies curriculum particularly to the content description about emerging technologies and their potential impact on preferred futures. This resource supports learning about a range of technologies and the ways they might advance our knowledge of space, and lead to the development of new products and medical treatments.
  • This resource has value for the literacy, numeracy, and critical and creative thinking general capabilities. Literacy learning is supported through the evidence-based arguments that students develop, and the diagrams and texts that students interpret and create. Numeracy skills are developed through inquiry tasks in which students record and present scientific data. Investigation activities also provide students with opportunities to develop critical and creative thinking capabilities as they present arguments consistent with their results and in response to real-life issues involving ethics, funding, and future technologies.
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