STEM Pack 10: Climate Change

Topics:

Biological Sciences – Ecosystems; The Body; Genetics

Chemical Sciences – Particle models

Earth and Space Sciences – Climate change; Biogeochemical processes; Renewable/non-renewable resources; The Changing Earth

Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers; Ethics; Technology

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

 

The aim of each STEM Careers Pack is twofold: first, to make students aware of the wide variety of STEM careers there are and; secondly, to help students understand the nature of scientific knowledge, how science influences society and how society influences science (i.e. Science as a Human Endeavour).

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

STEM Pack 10: Climate Change is designed to teach for understanding as well as to teach students to think well (in other words, to make well reasoned judgements) about empirical (factual) and ethical matters. More specifically, 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. What most teachers are grappling with in the classroom though are two questions: 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 relevancy of all areas of the Sciences using the Science Understanding’ and ‘Science Inquiry’ strands, and therefore delivered alongside such topical teaching including 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 National Curriculum (v8.3).

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