Project Description

Young discoverers can take their first step in scientific exploration by conducting some real experiments in our Lab, learning some key scientific inquiry skills such as asking questions and making observations.

Victorian Curriculum Links

Critical creative

  • Identify, describe and use different kinds of question stems to gather information and ideas (VCCCTQ001)
  • Make simple modifications to known ideas and routine solutions to generate some different ideas and possibilities (VCCCTQ003)
  • Compare and contrast information and ideas in own and others reasoning (VCCCTR005)
  • Consider how reasons and examples are used to support a point of view and illustrate meaning (VCCCTR006)
  • Investigate ways to problem-solve, using egocentric and experiential language (VCCCTM009)

Personal social

  • Recognise that problems or challenges are a normal part of life and that there are actions that can be undertaken to manage problems (VCPSCSE003)
  • Practise the skills required to include others and make friends with peers, teachers and other adults (VCPSCSO005)
  • Name and practise basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006)
  • Use appropriate language to describe what happens and how they feel when experiencing positive interactions or conflict (VCPSCSO007)
  • Investigate ways to problem-solve, using egocentric and experiential language (VCCCTM009)
  • Explain how being prepared to try new things can help identify strategies when faced with unfamiliar or challenging situations (VCPSCSE010)
  • Listen to others’ ideas, and recognise that others may see things differently (VCPSCSO012)
  • Use basic skills required for participation in group tasks and respond to simple questions about their contribution to group tasks (VCPSCSO014)
  • Recognise that conflict occurs and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with conflict (VCPSCSO015)

Science

  • People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (VCSSU044)
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (VCSSU045)
  • The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (VCSSU048)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (VCSIS054)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways (VCSIS055)

Health and Physical Education

  • Identify people and actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy (VCHPEP059)
  • Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP062)