Challenge 7 – the sciences
How scientific are you?
Most students nowadays are very scientific even if they don’t realise it. There are so many topics that come under the heading of science – physics, chemistry, botany, biology, astronomy, magnetism etc
The Australian science curriculum is divided into three areas:
- Science Understanding – covers physical sciences, chemical sciences, biological sciences and space and earth sciences
- Science as a human endeavour – development of science, use and influence of science
- Science inquiry skills – questioning and predicting, planning and conducting, processing and analysing data and information,evaluating and communication
Activities to try
Create an A-Z about science – you might prefer to think about only one area of science. This could be a written post or maybe a collage of images you have drawn or found with creative commons licences.
Research a famous scientist from your country. Why are they famous in their field?
Write a post on a science topic you are passionate about. It might be deadly snakes, mini-beasts, Mars Landing, periodic table, vaccines, de-forestation, endangered animals, ozone layer, melting of ice caps – the list is endless. Make sure your post includes:
- an image or video with correct attribution
- at least one link directing your readers to somewhere else on the web where they can find more information
- if possible, a link to a webcam relating to your topic
- a question for your readers to answer in a comment
How did a knowledge of science help the early sea explorers? How has this changed over the centuries?
Write a post about your favourite animal. Give lots of information and include links as mentioned above.
Try this ultimate weird but true test – can you beat my score of 4 correct on the first try?
Write a post about something scientific you are doing in your classroom or at home this week.
Check out the winners in the 2012 Google Science Fair – have you ever done anything like that at your school?
These places might give you some ideas for other posts:
Visit these websites – National Geographic Australia, National Geographic USA, Australian Geographic, Discovery Channel USA, Discovery Channel Australia, YouTube Discovery Networks, NASA home page, PBS Science resources,
If doing grade 9/10 physics, chemistry, biology or earth science, check out this wikispace.
Remember to also keep visiting other student blogs especially those who don’t have a mentor listed on the participation page.