STEM Pack 6: Art Conservation

STEM Pack 6 – Art Conservation

Chemical Sciences – Mixtures and Separations; Chemical Reactions

Additional: Careers; Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter; Change of Matter

Years: 7, 8, 9, 10

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.

STEM Pack 6: Art Conservation students learn that art conservators play an important role in preserving our history. In conserving art, they use scientific techniques to analyse and understand what the art work is made of, to understand past conservation, implement new techniques and make decisions about what they can and can’t conserve and how to conserve the work. Students will also become aware of the ethical considerations about why we conserve art, what types of art we conserve, and how far we should go in conserving different items. Students also gain an understanding of the careers in art conservation and the role science plays in these careers. In examining art conservation careers, students will engage with their own ideas and beliefs about science and art and consider ethical questions arising from their discussions. This pack can be used to show the relevancy of Chemical Sciences ‘Science Understanding’ and ‘Science Inquiry’ strands, and therefore delivered alongside such topical teaching covering Science Understanding units for Chemical Sciences: (ACSSU113), (ACSSU225), (ACSSU178), (ACSSU187). 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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