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This clip shows students planning their own independent, open-ended science investigation, which will be entered into the CSIRO CREST awards. Students are able to identify a topic of their own interest for the investigation, which aims to develop their science inquiry skills. The teacher emphasises the need for thorough planning prior to starting the investigation, highlighting factors such as safety, aim, hypothesis and the identification of variables to achieve fair and reliable data.
Newton Moore Senior High School is located in Bunbury, Western Australia and has approximately 620 students. The school has a strong commitment to innovation through the implementation and development of future-focussed learning programs, and is a Pathfinder School within Microsoft's Partners in Learning program. The strong motivation behind all decisions is the school’s unwavering commitment to its students, parents, teachers and community to prepare students for the 21st century by embracing technology. Strong links with a range of education and community partners - parents, government and non-government agencies, industries and local schools - support these programs.
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Offline package - Planning an independent science investigation