Science and Technology

Science is a systematic way of looking for explanations and connecting the ideas we have. In Science, certain methods of inquiry and investigation are generally used. These methods lend themselves to replication and a systematic approach to scientific inquiry that attempts at objectivity.

The methods include formulating hypotheses, and designing and carrying out experiments to test the hypotheses. Repeated investigations are undertaken, and the resulting methods and results are carefully examined and debated before they are accepted as valid.  And of course we do touch on some science at the frontiers of the unknown – Why is climate changing around the world? What is making the universe expand? What causes the earth’s magnetic field to change?

Technology has also existed throughout history. People use the combination of knowledge, skills and available resources to develop solutions that meet their daily needs and wants. Economic and environmental factors and a wide range of attitudes and values need to be taken into account when developing technological solutions. Technology also advances as our knowledge and needs expand.

Technological methods include identifying needs, planning, designing, making and evaluating products.

As with all knowledge, scientific knowledge changes over time as scientists acquire new information and people change their ways of viewing the world.

In teaching Science and Technology, we aim to promote a solid understanding of:

  • Science and Technology as activities that sustain enjoyment and curiosity about the world and natural phenomena;
  • the history of Science and the relationship between Natural Sciences and Technology and other subjects;
  • the contribution of Science and Technology to social justice and societal development;
  • the need for using scientific and technological knowledge responsibly in the interest of ourselves, of society and the environment;
  • the practical and ethical consequences of decisions based on Science and Technology.

Natural Sciences and Technology lays the basis of further studies in Science and Technology. It prepares learners for active participation in a democratic society that values human rights and promotes responsibility towards the environment.

At SACS, Science lessons are, as far as possible, practically based, fostering curiosity and imaginative, critical and logical thinking, developing skills, encouraging good habits for health and safety, and stimulating an interest in and an awareness of the surroundings as well as leading to the acquisition of knowledge. We also aim to prepare the boys for the academic challenges that lie ahead so that they are properly equipped to thrive in the next stage of their Science education.

We do this by providing the learners with an opportunity to:

  • Plan/conduct investigations
  • Collect /evaluate data and communicate findings
  • Recall/categorize and interpret information
  • Recognise and understand the relationship between Science and Technology