Year 8 Science
While the same core Science course is followed in all classes, different strategies and activities are used to meet the diverse needs of the students in each class. The Science course is based on the three Australian Curriculum strands: Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding.
In Years 7 and 8, Science concentrates on the development of an understanding of science as a way of thinking critically, applying knowledge and creating explanations for observed phenomena. Today, students must be scientifically literate so they can question and seek evidence to confirm intuition and assess views arising in the popular media. They must develop skills to view change critically in the light of new evidence.
The Year 8 course exposes students to learning within the biological, physical, chemical and Earth and space sciences. The content and skills encountered within these broad areas is best described with reference to the Australian Curriculum Year 8 Level Description http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Curriculum/F-10
A significant component of studying Science at Daramalan College involves the completion of a Science Investigation, where students learn how to work like a scientist. Students solve problems by designing and experimenting as well as integrating Mathematics and Technology into their projects. They will then be equipped to distinguish between evidence and opinion and to make informed and responsible decisions. Science education can empower students in a dynamic world, enabling them to manage and initiate change.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in numerous Science competitions and activities such as ICAS-Science, Big Science Competition, CSIRO CREST Awards, Australian National Chemistry Quiz and many others. These provide opportunities for students to gain experience in external assessment situations and to discover a talent in Science.