The Wonder of Science challenge tasks immerse students in authentic and collaborative STEM inquiry. Students develop critical and creative thinking skills as they are challenged to develop a group response to a real-world problem or scenario.
Each challenge task provides opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills against the Australian Curriculum achievement standard for their year level.
The complete 2017 Wonder of Science Challenge Tasks can be accessed once schools nominate participation - examples of year level tasks are listed below:
What planet/s other than Earth might sustain life? The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078) Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083)
How do seismologists measure earthquakes? Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096). Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
New task: When is a bug not a bug? Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111) Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE119)
How much energy is needed to ‘loop the loop’? Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems (ACSSU155). Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
How will increasing carbon dioxide levels affect plant growth? Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176). Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS165)