Heat it up is a scientific program that engages students through many hands-on learning opportunities related to heat. The day commences with a visit from 'Reg the Bushman' who is experiencing difficult boiling his tea around the fire and poses some questions to the students regarding heat.
Session 1 – Students meet in the Bush cooking Hut to discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practices to care for country through fire management as well as traditional methods to start a fire. Students also learn about the science of fire and safe practices around fires. In small groups, students build their own camp fire after collecting sticks and leaves from the surrounding area. After lighting the fires, students make and cook their own damper as well use infra-red thermometers to record the temperature of the fires.
Session 2 - Students conduct scientific experiments to investigate conduction by exploring heat transfer. With guidance, students develop fair tests and are encouraged to have safe work practices during their scientific investigations. They predict results and suggest possible reasons for their findings. The first investigation involves melting butter on spoons made from different materials. The second investigation involves exploring the different types of solar ovens then using S.T.E.M. to create their own solar oven to observe the effects on chocolate when heated over a period of time.
The day is concluded with a visit from 'Reg the Bushman' to check in on their learning for day.
- A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046).
Science as a Human Endeavour
Nature and development of science
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050).
Use and influence of science
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051).
Science Inquiry Skills
Questioning and predictingWith guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053).Planning and conducting
Processing and analysing data and information
- With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS054)
Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS055)
EvaluatingReflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS058).CommunicatingRepresent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations (ACSIS060).General capabilities
- Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS057).
- Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
OI.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place.
OI.5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing
Heat it up is a scientific program that engages students through many hands-on learning opportunities related to heat.