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Connected 2015 level 2 - Have You Checked?

The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Critique evidence.

At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time. 

Why Do Our Muscles Get Tired?

Have you noticed that exercising a lot can make you feel tired or sore? Sometimes when we exercise very hard, our muscles use oxygen faster than our body can supply it. This is called muscle fatigue. Moana and Oscar carry out a simple investigation to discover more about muscle fatigue.

Operation Duck Pond

Nathan Burkepile is a scientist who wants to know what kind of pond ducks like best. Volunteers (citizen scientists) from around the country collect data for Nathan to analyse. Nathan works with the citizen scientists to make sure that the data they collect is reliable.

Learning from the Tangata Whenua

James Ataria works a bit differently from most other scientists. As a scientist, he thinks carefully about how evidence should be collected and critiqued. But, unlike many other scientists, he also uses Māori cultural knowledge to help his work. 

Heat It Up

Students Paige and Sabitra design an experiment to test whether their solar oven would work better if they paint it black on the inside. But they notice some problems with the data they collect. By changing their experiment, they are able to improve the quality and reliability of their data. 

Updated on: 10 Feb 2016