Science & Technology
Science and Technology draws on the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, design and technology, and physics to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the world.
Developments in both Science and Technology have always been drivers of change in society, underpinning innovation and impacting on everyone’s lives, materially, economically and culturally. As such, this area of learning and experience will be consistently relevant in the opportunities young people encounter and the life choices that they make.
The importance of scientific and technological literacy in our modern world cannot be understated. It is not sufficient that learners can simply ‘do’ Science and Technology. Ready access to vast amounts of information requires all learners to be able to assess inputs critically, understand the basis of information presented as fact, and make informed judgements that impact their own behaviours and values. They need to develop the ability to meaningfully ask the question, ‘Just because we can, does that mean we should?’.
Statements of what matter:
Being curious and searching for answers helps further our understanding of the natural world and helps society progress.
Design thinking and engineering are technical and creative endeavours intended to meet society’s needs and wants.
The world around us is full of living things which depends on each other for survival.
Understanding the atomic nature of matter and how it shapes the world.
Forces and energy determine the structure and dynamics of the universe.
Computation applies algorithms to data in order to solve real-world problems.