Whether Year 10 science is ahead of you or something you did years ago, it can be fun to test yourself against some science skills and understandings.
Understanding science at Year 10 level means understanding some of the big ideas in each of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. It also involves knowing about how scientists practice, such as through experimentation, field studies to collect evidence, and developing and justifying ideas, says Dr Peta White, Lecturer in Education (Science and Environmental Education) at Deakin University.
‘One of the things about science is that it is often counter-initiative, so that everyday ideas are often misleading from a science perspective,’ points out Dr John Cripps Clark, Lecturer in Education (Science Education) at Deakin University.
‘For instance,’ adds Russell Tytler, Professor in Education (Science Education), ‘who would have thought that most of the matter in the universe consists of empty space and that the universe is now thought to mostly consist of dark matter and energy which cannot be detected?’
Prof. Tytler adds: ‘contemporary science is largely driven by research and development, where scientists are charged with the challenge of solving problems and designing technologies that better our lives.’
The Year 10 science curriculum includes science understandings as well as science inquiry skills. Together Prof. Tytler, Dr Cripps Clark and Dr White have designed this quiz to test your knowledge in these areas. You’ll need to tap into some of the big ideas in science but also know some science processes and conventions, as well as understand science as a human endeavour.