Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ advanced knowledge of reversible and irreversible change (chemical sciences) informed the use of resins and gums as adhesive tools.

Curriculum Content Descriptors

Science Understanding

Chemical sciences
Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible (ACSSU095 )

Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions (ACSHE098 )

Science Inquiry Skills

Questioning and predicting
With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS232 )

Planning and conducting
Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS103 )

Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests and observe, measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS104)

Processing and analysing data and information
Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS107 )

Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221 )

Evaluating
Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (ACSIS108 )

Communicating
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110 )

New elaboration - investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledge of reversible processes, such as the application of adhesives, and of irreversible processes, such as the use of fuels for torches

Inquiry questions to be investigated?
Scaffolded inquiry

  • Is resin an effective adhesive?

Guided inquiry

  • Investigating whether resin is effective as a waterproof seal.
  • Investigating whether the effectiveness of the resin changes when it is used, melted and reused.
  • Investigating resin as a structural support for a join.

Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ advanced knowledge of reversible and irreversible change (chemical sciences) informed the use of resins and gums as adhesive tools.

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