The ‘Is It Fair? How To Be A Scientist’ program has been designed to help teachers achieve the Australian Curriculum content descriptions in Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Enquiry Skills.
Students will learn about the concept of a fair test and the scientific method of experimentation.
Students participate in a range of learning methods and scientific techniques including class discussion, class experimentation, group activities and experiments, measuring and recording data, analysing results and preparing experiments.
The activities and experiments cover the full range of topics including Biological Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences.
The program is intended for age groups from Years 1-6.
Workshops are delivered by a professional science educator with over 10 years of experience.
For more information about the program, please contact us.
The program includes:
- 60 minute session with hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations for each individual class (maximum of 30 children)
- Follow-up worksheets emailed to the booking teacher
Depending on your daily timetable, we can cater for 2-4 classes per day.
- A large indoor space – your school hall is ideal!
- 8 tables for workshop materials
Access to power and water is required for this program.
The program covers the following areas of the Australian Curriculum (version 8.1).
Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)
With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064)
With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS065)
Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS066)
Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS068)
Reflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS069)
Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086, ACSIS103)
Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests, and observe measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS087, ACSIS104)
Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090, ACSIS107)
Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (ACSIS091, ACSIS108)
Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS216)
Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218, ACSIS221)
With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231, ACSIS232)