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Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

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. 

Reconnecting the Brain

Dr Melanie Cheung is a neurobiologist. She studies the roro (brain), collecting and analysing data about how it works and what can go wrong. She also studies the use of tikanga (Māori customary practices) in the modern science world.

Lighting the Way with Solar Energy

When Tokelau decided to switch to renewable energy, they thought critically about all the options. They decided that solar energy was a cost-effective option suited to the sunny Tokelaun climate. Over four thousand solar panels were installed on Tokelau, making them the first country in the world to use 100 percent renewable energy. Now they hope to inspire others to make the switch.

A Sinking Feeling

Mr Tuala’s class have lost the Boat Float competition and they want to figure out why. By learning more about density (and how it relates to floating a boat), they critique their original boat designs and use what they have learned to design and build new, more successful boats.


Don’t Sit If You Want to Keep Fit

Scientific evidence suggests that sitting for long periods of time can cause health problems and that standing and moving around is better for us. But as with any scientific evidence, we need to ask questions about the evidence to determine if it can be trusted. 

Updated on: 10 Feb 2016