SCIENCE

Year 7

A minimum of one five-week unit of Biology, Chemistry & Physics will be studied. Characteristics of living and non-living things, plant and animal cells, microscope techniques and plant and animal classification are studied in Biology. In Chemistry the following topics are examined; particle theory and states of matter. Light and sound, and forces are studied in Physics.
The remaining time will be made up of optional units that could be another Biology, Chemistry &/or Physics unit or any of the following: Forensic Science, Geology, a Research Investigation, Tasmanian Science Talent Search, National Science Week activities or Astronomy.
Laboratory Skills would be incorporated into Year 7 units where appropriate.

Year 8

A minimum of one five-week unit of Biology, Chemistry & Physics will be studied. The structure and function of the human reproductive system is studied in Biology. In Chemistry the following topics are examined; elements, compounds, simple formulae and chemical reactions. Simple machines and an introduction to electricity are studied in Physics.
The remaining time will be made up of optional units that could be another Biology, Chemistry &/or Physics unit or any of the following: Forensic Science, Ecology, Marine Science, a Research Investigation, Tasmanian Science Talent Search, National Science Week activities or Geology.
Laboratory Skills and graph drawing would also be incorporated into Year 8 units where appropriate.

Year 9 and 10

The students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Microbiology, the digestive system and the circulatory system are studied in year 9 Biology. In Chemistry in Year 9 the following topics are examined: atomic composition, patterns in the periodic table, metals, formulae and equations, gases and gas testing. Electricity, light and sound are studied in Year 9 Physics.

In Year 10 Biology homeostasis (how conditions in the body are kept fairly constant) with particular reference to the excretory system is studied as well as genetics, heredity, evolution and gene technology. Atomic theory, names and formulae of ionic compound, covalent bonds, chemical equations, kinetic theory and catalysts are examined in Year 10 Chemistry. In Physics in Year 10 energy and motion are studied.

Science Extended is offered as an option in Year 10.

Year 11 and 12

The students can choose from Biology, Life Sciences, Environmental Science, Physical Sciences, Chemistry and Physics.

General

At the end of each year The CSIRO Science Education Centre present "To be an Engineer" to our Year 7 students and "Forensic Science" to our Year 8 students.
Visits to the Imaginarium Science Centre are also arranged for Year 7 students.

The Shell Questacon Science Circus and Questacon Smart Moves visit every 2 years and perform for our Year 8-10 students.

Students from years 7-12 are encouraged to enter The Australasian Schools Science Competition, which is held at the end of term 1 each year.

Year 9 students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Siemens Science experience held at The University of Tasmania in January, the Year 9 Science Camp and the Year 9 Health Careers Education Program.

Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Year 10 Science Camp and the Year 10 Health Careers Camp.

Year 11 students are encouraged to apply to attend the National Youth Science Forum held in Canberra during January.

Year 12 & 11 students are encouraged to apply for a UTAS Industry Placement Scholarship. This is a program for year11/12 students who are interested in finding out about Agriculture Science at University. The Scholarship includes an all expenses paid 5-day camp highlighting the industry and available careers, followed by a 5-day placement working with industry or research scientists.

Rochelle Taylor
Faculty Head of Science