The Science Unplugged program requires no specialist technologies and has been designed to support students in regional, rural and remote schools.
A foundational program, MindSET-do provides understanding of the tools used in a STEM career. Scientific Inquiry is broken down into three modules, with 5/6 lessons in each module:
Scientific Observation – Module 1
Scientific Methodology – Module 2
Science Communication – Module 3
All modules are aligned to curriculum and provide opportunity for linkages with local communities and/or citizen science projects. The program discusses how science crosses cultures, time and location.
Each module contains five key attributes to help students identify the parts of scientific inquiry they enjoy doing. These attributes link with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) Career Groups model and allow mapping of career pathways for students.
A great resource to get students reading about scientific research is Frontiers for Young Minds. An open-access science journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of young people. Your students may even want to become young reviewers.
SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION – Module 1 – Lessons 1-6
SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY – Module 2 – Lessons 1-5
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION- Module 3 – Lessons 1-5