What might a science lesson look like at Educate?
At Educate Tutoring we offer support for students aiming to develop and strengthen their science skills. These lessons are generally delivered in accordance with our Academic Coaching structure, enabling tutors to support and extend upon a student’s school work in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. Our tutors are able to support and teach a range of scientific disciplines, as well as offer tangible relationships between science and daily living.
What is the difference between science studied at high school and science studied at college?
In their high school years, students are exposed to a broad range of scientific concepts and disciplines that provide them with an overview of the general sciences. Pre-Tertiary and college students are then given the opportunity to pursue specific branches of science in increased depth and complexity.
Year 9 students explore the biological, chemical, physical and earth/space sciences. In this grade, areas of study include the human body as an ecosystem, atoms (as systems of protons, electrons and neutrons) and the rearrangement of matter through chemical change. Students’ understanding of energy becomes more sophisticated as they explore the concepts of conservation of matter, energy transfer and how these influence such things as continental movement.
Year 10 students further their pre-existing knowledge by using it to connect and explain phenomena. They explore the scientific evidence for different theories, such as natural selection and the Big Bang. This fosters understanding of the relationships between the living, physical and chemical worlds on a local and global scale. Students are also introduced to the periodic table and atomic theory.
Pre-tertiary students have a variety of different sciences available for study, including: biology, environmental science, physical science, chemistry and physics.
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry is a fundamental aspect of our everyday lives. Chemical reactions between molecules are always occurring in food, the air, cleaning chemicals, your emotions, and every object you can see or touch. They affect the composition, structure and properties of different substances; this makes chemistry an essential process in allowing our world to function!
Research is constantly furthering our understanding of chemistry and leading to new discoveries. According to the Australian Academy of Science, chemistry will help us solve many future problems — including sustainable energy and food production, managing our environment, providing safe drinking water and promoting human and environmental health. For further reading about the benefits of chemistry and its role in everyday life, we recommend this article from the Australian Academy of Science.
Physics and Engineering
Do you like to build things? Do you like to take things apart to see how they work? You could be a great engineer. If you study engineering at university, you’ll find a lot of the courses overlap with physics. But why is that? Physics is a science that tries to figure out the fundamental laws of the universe in a way that will allow you to make predictions. It tries to boil the universe down into some basic, mathematical laws. Engineering, on the other hand, is concerned with figuring out how to design, build, and use structures and machines. So how are those two things related?
Let’s say you’re building a complex suspension bridge. You need to build the bridge strong enough that it can take the weight of dozens of cars, but it also has to be able to handle wind, ice, rain, and whatever else nature might throw at it. How do you know it will do that? If you get it wrong, one unusually strong side draft and the whole thing could collapse.
The way to make sure the thing you’re building will work properly is to analyze it using the laws of physics. The laws of physics can tell you about forces, tension, harmonic vibrations and oscillations, tensile strength, elasticity, and all kinds of other concepts that you can use to make calculations about your bridge. Put simply, if you understand the laws of nature, then you can use that knowledge to predict what will happen to the things you build. Engineering involves applying physics in technical ways — applying it to technology.
Extract from Engineering Design & Technical Applications of Physics, by David Wood.
Our Science Club is an informal, enthusiastic academic group, designed to encourage Educate students to explore their curiosity and creative imagination.
The Science Club is a series of workshops in which tutors and students explore assorted scientific topics within the fields of chemistry, physics and geology. For more information about registering for Science Club, visit our events page, or read about past workshops here.