In completing the activities in Book 1, students gain insights into why scientific research matters to them every day – and how it can even be fun! The varied worksheets, games and experiments encourage them to think critically about science and the world around them, as well as to develop their analytical thinking skills. In exploring the history of science and the development of the scientific method, students’ confidence in their own abilities grows as they learn that there isn’t always a “right” answer to a question or a “correct” result for an experiment.
Through her study at Otago University,New Zealand, Julia Burton gained a BSc with a major in chemistry and a BA with a major in English. She then gained her Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from Teachers’ College at Victoria University. She taught science and chemistry at Upper Hutt College and is now taking a break to look after her son.