Through the study of Science, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills to explain and make sense of their world, so they can make responsible decisions as individuals and as part of their community.

We teach the students to think scienti´Čücally, applying investigative, problem solving and communication skills.

The student's learning is supported by an extensive program of experiments, information technology, excursions and guest speakers. Science is compulsory for every student in years 7-10 at Calwell High School. Students explore scientific concepts and processes, in topics based on the four sub-strands of the Science Understandings: biological, chemical, physical and earth & space sciences.

Students develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to design and implement scientific methods to collect and analyse data. The CSIRO CREST Program is used to promote engagement in self-directed inquiry investigations, with selected projects being entered into the ACT Science Fair.

Students also explore the practices used to develop scientific knowledge and its contributions to our culture and society.

All students are encouraged to extend their knowledge through extra-curricular activities and excursions to local scientific organisations, and by accessing mentors with current experience in a scientific field.

Science Topics

Year 7

Introduction to Science – laboratory work orientation
Our Place in Space
Water and the Water Cycle
Simple Machines
Local Environment Study

Year 8

Heat and Energy
Cells and Scopes
Systems in Organisms
Chemistry in the Kitchen
Geology of Canberra

Year 9

Tuggeranong creek: case study
Light and Sound
Chemical Reactions
Drugs and the Nervous System

Year 10

Scientific Theories
Theme Park Rides
Chemistry of the Periodic Table

Calwell High Students in science