Science and Technology skills and knowledge are of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. A student's sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and made world is fostered through actively engaging in the processes of working scientifically and working technologically. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students develop an understanding of the relationships between science and technology, and the significance of their contribution to and influence on society.
- Scientific inquiry is a distinct way of finding answers to interesting questions and solutions to important problems about the natural world locally, nationally and globally, including shaping sustainable futures
- Through applying the processes of Working Scientifically, students use scientific inquiry to develop their understanding of science ideas and concepts, and the importance of scientific evidence in making informed decisions about the uses of science and technology in their lives
- Technology and an understanding of design processes enable people to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment to improve their quality of life at home, school, in work places and the broader community
- When applying the processes of Working Technologically, students actively engage with real world situations and use technology skills, knowledge and understanding to create solutions for themselves and others
- As disciplines, Science and Technology are linked through problem solving, by the skills and processes of scientific inquiry and technological design. Science often draws on tools and processes developed by technology
- The study of Science and Technology enables students to develop a positive self-concept as learners as well as confidence in and gain enjoyment from their learning.
The NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum Science & Technology K-6 2012 syllabus provides learning experiences in the areas of Science and Technology incorporating working scientifically and working technologically which will assist in meeting the needs of both students and the wider community. The focus is on enquiry and problem solving through first hand experiences.
Science and Technology are closely related. The nature of this relationship can vary depending upon the particular learning experiences.
The aim of the Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus is to:
- Foster students’ sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity about the world around them in order to develop their understanding of, interest in, and enthusiasm for science and technology
- Develop students' competence and creativity in applying the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically to appreciate and understand the Natural Environment and Made Environment
- Enhance students' confidence in making evidence-based decisions about the influences of science and technology in their lives
- Enable students to confidently respond to needs and opportunities when designing solutions relevant to science and technology in their lives.