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The Nature of Science

Scientists use their knowledge of principles, concepts and theories, along with scientific processing skills, to construct new explanations to understand the natural world. This is known as scientific inquiry and is the very nature of science and the work of scientists.

An inquiry based model of science encourages students to make a difference in the world through innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to become inventors; logical thinkers; innovators; and problem-solvers. In the Science classroom, this inquiry-based approach is evidenced in student driven and designed experiments. This approach is a significant shift from students following a ‘recipe’ for an experiment. It nurtures a creative approach to problem solving that is a key ingredient for the future of scientific research in Australia.

The principles, concepts and theories learnt in Science are then enhanced by the knowledge gained in other STEM subjects – Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Many of the fastest growing occupations and emerging industries require STEM expertise. STEM-qualified people work together in challenging environments to use critical thinking and reasoning to drive new developments.

Over the last few months our Year 10 students have been making decisions with regards to their Senior subjects and many have been asking questions about the Senior Science subjects – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They have been well-prepared for this decision through a rigorous Year 10 Science program that has introduced them to the different challenges and scope of these 3 subjects. Our Year 10s have been developing an understanding of the processes of science which leads to the discovery of new knowledge through a variety of science-related/STEM careers. Some of these rewarding career opportunities include:

Science

Astronomer; biochemist; biotechnologist; botanist; chemist; environmental scientist; food technologist; geologist; marine biologist; materials scientist; medical scientist; meteorologist; physicist; surveyor; zoologist
Technology – Operations research analyst; graphic designer; games developer; instructional designer; multimedia developer; systems designer; web designer/developer

Engineering

Robotics engineer; computer engineer; software engineer; agricultural engineer; biomedical engineer; chemical engineer; civil engineer; electrical engineer; environmental engineer; industrial engineer; materials engineer; mechanical engineer; mechatronic engineer; mining engineer; minerals process engineer

Mathematics

Actuary; mathematical modeller; mathematician; statistician
Science/Mathematics – Biostatistician; computational scientists; cryptologist; data miner; epidemiologist
Science/Technology – geographic information systems officer; medical imaging technologist.

Our Senior Science program aims to encourage Ambrose Treacy young men to value science as a subject worth pursuing, to become transformational problem-solvers and to eventually make a difference in our world through new understandings and developments.

Celebrating Science
Students are invited to join me in K201 at 1st or 2nd break this Friday 18 August to enjoy some fun and exciting Science activities. There is a competition to determine who can explain the actual “Science” of what is happening in each activity with a prize for the most accurate answers. Slime, Tornadoes, Screaming Balloons, Crazy Hair, Floating Cans and Levitation will all be happening. Come and join in the Science Fun this Friday.

Michelle Kath, Head Senior Science
kathm@atc.qld.edu.au