The Middle School scheme is based on the wikidupd8 programme purchased from the UK.
The course has been designed to:
Students from the Middle school will need to select a minimum of three trimesters of science over the two-year period. It is recommended that they pass four or more trimesters if they wish to continue on to do NCEA Level 1 science in year 11.
The topics to be covered over a 2-year period by middle-school students are as follows:
Pairs of these units will be offered as courses per trimester to the Middle school students. The courses will be paired as follows:
This module is designed to look at flight through the ages in an interdisciplinary study. It will include the history of flight, the science and technology involved in making things fly, and the impact on human and environmental spheres. Students will be actively involved in planning their own way through the unit within each of four major topics. They will then carry out research, make models, and present their work in each topic. The topics are as follows:
Each topic will follow the same format so that students will be able to work on improving the way that they set about project planning, performing, communicating and evaluating.
This course is suitable for students of all ability levels.
The format for managing each of the four projects will be consistent and based on the following steps:
There are two assessments in this unit.
A - Demonstrates the ability to plan and execute a basic project.
M - Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a project, covering all the required aspects.
E - Demonstrate a thorough understanding of project management on at least two occasions.
A - Communicates basic ideas and concepts to an audience
M - Communicates ideas and concepts clearly to an audience
E - Communicates ideas and concepts clearly and concisely to an audience with some degree of innovation.
There will be multiple opportunities for assessment in the unit, but the final grade will be decided by the teacher in consultation with the student.
Some basic model making equipment will be required, as well as the materials for the beginning presentation sequence. Access to computers with internet capability will be required by some groups on a regular basis.
Lighter than air flight
Fixed-wing, rotating wing flight
Rockets and space flight
This can be selected by groups or individuals by negotiation with the teacher. Even a slight link to the main topic of flight may be appropriate. Discussion and brainstorming of potential topics will pre-empt the decision. Potential topics include the following: