In Year 7 Science concepts are taught through an inquiry based focus.
The unit of inquiry Human Ingenuity, immerses students in the ways Science is used to solve problems, focusing on the challenges facing engineers when addressing mass transport needs such as Tokyo’s bullet train. The boys learn about forces and the effects of unbalanced forces on objects, completing a scientific inquiry on gravity.
The Liveability unit of work sees the focus shift to food chains and ecosystems. The boys investigate relationships between living things, natural elements and the ways people can affect how they live and interact. The effects of the introduction of the cane toad on Australia’s ecosystems are considered. The boys take on the role of a lobbyist, researching the issues and making a presentation either for or against a fictional Government proposal to introduce caimans to control the cane toads. The students’ scientific inquiry skills are further developed in an experiment investigating water filtration methods.
Water; Earth’s Lifeblood investigates all aspects of water in our world. Student activities incorporate scientific investigations and the application of this information on the global community’s ability to provide adequate water supplies for all. Students have opportunities to investigate water scarcity around the world and the reasons for differences in access to clean water. They consider various cost effective technologies to satisfy water needs in the global community.
Finally, Forces of Change engages the boys in a series of scientific investigations, strengthening their Science inquiry skills by planning and conducting experiments around the effects of forces such as friction and gravity. The boys discover the effects of the positions of the sun, moon and Earth in relation to each other, and communicate their findings to others.