A number of sample units have been developed to support schools to better understand the science K–10 (incorporating science and technology K–6) course and to assist with programming.
The two key aspects of the science and technology K–6 course are working scientifically and working technologically.
Working scientifically is central to developing students' understanding of the world around them. Scientific inquiry is a distinct way of finding answers to problems.
Students identify and ask questions about their world. As they work scientifically, they plan and conduct genuine investigations to find evidence–based answers. They work collaboratively to choose suitable equipment and make appropriate observations. Students analyse their data using a range of techniques and communicate their findings honestly in multiple ways.
Working scientifically in the classroom
The following video, Bricks (3 mins 26 seconds), demonstrates the processes of working scientifically for Stage 3. The development of the skills is central to learning in science and technology. They deepen students' knowledge and understanding of the natural and made environments. Students must be engaged in practical investigations that are authentic, contextual and have meaning.
Working technologically develops students' capabilities in solving real problems and creating ideas and solutions.
Students recognise problems and respond to opportunities for which they design and produce solutions. They define tasks, develop ideas and evaluate the processes they've used.
When student develop solutions, they can use the findings from their investigations. They use materials, tools, equipment and techniques to produce their solutions.
Students develop critical and creative thinking skills by posing questions and problem solving.
This video was created to help you better understand working technologically. The technology (mandatory) 7-8 course in high school uses the same language and builds on this process K-6.