STEM Pack 10: Climate Change

Students explore the latest STEM careers – the science and the scientists – through videos, research and discussion.

The STEM Careers Packs aim to make students aware of the wide variety of STEM careers. They help students understand the importance of scientific knowledge, how science influences society, and how society influences science (i.e. Science as a Human Endeavour).

During their explorations, students will appreciate how the different areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interact and are interdependent, whilst developing STEM literacies and competencies.

STEM Pack 10: Climate Change is designed to teach for understanding as well as teaching students to make well-reasoned judgements about empirical (factual) and ethical matters.

More specifically, it is designed to teach students to hold good reasons for their opinion about climate change, particularly about whether or not we have a responsibility to future generations.

There are many questions around the climate crisis that need to be answered. Teachers generally grapple with two questions in the classroom: the first is an empirical question — is anthropogenic climate change, its dangers and urgency real? Why/ Why not?; and the second is an ethical question — do we have a responsibility to future generations? Why/ Why not?

This pack can be used to show the relevance of all areas of the science using the Science Understanding and Science Inquiry strands. It can therefore be delivered alongside topical teaching of Biological Sciences (ACSSU112), (ACSSU176), Chemical Sciences (ACSSU151), Physical Sciences (ACSSU155) (ACSSU182) (ACSSU190) and Earth and Space Sciences (ACSSU116), (ACSSU189) and Units 1, 2, 3, 4 of Earth and Environmental Science.

All tasks in this pack are mapped to Science as a Human Endeavour as well as the Core Capabilities from the Australian National Curriculum.

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Years: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Topics:

Biological Sciences – Ecosystems, The Body, Genetics

Chemical Sciences – Particle models

Earth and Space Sciences – Climate change, Renewable/non-renewable resources, The Changing Earth

Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers, Technology, Ethics

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence and Ecosystems

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface

Physical Sciences – Energy