STEM Pack 9: Vaccination

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.

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STEM Pack 9: Vaccination 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 vaccination, particularly about whether or not children should be vaccinated. There are many questions around vaccination one of which is ethical in nature: Should children be vaccinated? Why/Why not?

This pack can be used to show the relevancy Biological Science using the Science Understanding and Science Inquiry strands, and therefore delivered alongside such topical teaching including Biological Sciences (ACSSU150), (ACSSU175), Civics & Citizenship (ACHCK061), and Unit 4 of Biology.

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: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


Biological Sciences – The Body, Living Things

Civics & Citizenship – Government and democracy, Laws and Citizens, Citizenship, diversity and identity

Additional: Careers, Ethics, Technology, Engineering