STEM Pack 3: Bringing Mining & Geology to Life

Topics:

Chemical Sciences: Mixtures & Separations; Chemical reactions; Atoms; Particle models

Earth and Space Sciences: Renewable/Non-renewable resources, Rocks, Plate Tectonics

Additional: Careers; Engineering; Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences: Properties of Matter; Change of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences: The Earth’s Surface

Years: 7, 8, 9

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

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.

In STEM Pack 3: Bringing Mining & Geology to Life students learn broadly about jobs in the mining industry, and also consider and appreciate the role of mining in our everyday lives, how mining influences science, engineering and technological research, and environment. In conjunction with the tasks in this pack you could also look at the science behind what is mined (such as copper), how copper is processed and then used in everyday products such as electronics, which would map to areas of the Chemical Sciences (Year 7 (ACSSU113), Year 8 (ACSSU151) (ACSSU152(ACSSU225), Year 9 (ACSSU177) (ACSSU178(ACSSU179)) and Earth and Space Sciences (Year 7 (ACSSU116) Year 8 (ACSSU153) Year 9 (ACSSU180)) under the ‘Science Understanding’ strand.  All tasks in this pack are mapped to Science as a Human Endeavour as well as the core capabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures: Organising Ideas from the National Curriculum (v8.3).

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