Year 9 Introduction to the Science Laboratory
Being a scientist is a bit like being a detective – you get to investigate and analyse (examine in detail) what you observe (things you see, hear, smell and feel). Sometimes you’ll do these investigations outside of the classroom, but a lot of the time you’ll be working in a special area of the school – the science laboratory (or ‘lab’ for short!). So it’s important you get to know your science lab well!
In this course you’ll work through two main sections:
- Working in the science lab – to start with we’ll explore the kinds of equipment you’ll come across in your science lab, some of the safety risks you might come across and the ways you can work to keep yourself and your classmates safe, as well as the measuring skills you’ll need to collect accurate data when you’re working in the lab this year.
- Science investigations – in the second part of this course we’ll look in detail at how we go about answering questions we might have in science. You’ll learn about the way we plan investigations, how we record results in a table, display them in a graph, and write a simple scientific report.
This course will give you the basic knowledge about the lab and help you develop the investigative skills you’ll need to work effectively through the other areas of science you’ll cover this year.
How you’ll learn
People learn in different ways. Here are some of the ways you can learn and interact with the materials in this online course.
Self-paced learning – This online course is set up so you can learn at your own pace. So, although there are ‘suggested’ times for each page, they’re just a guideline. Plan your learning to suit you.
Diagrams, videos and interactions – Some people prefer to learn by reading, some by watching and listening, and some by doing. We’ve used diagrams, videos and interactions alongside the text, so that there’s something for everyone!
Practice activities – Throughout this course there are lots of short activities. These activities are for you to check your own understanding, not for someone to mark them. These activities give you a great chance to practise what you’ve learned and compare your answer with the model feedback without being assessed.
Glossary – We’ll be using some technical words and phrases in this course. To help you grow your science vocab, the course includes an online glossary. When you see a word or phrase underlined in the text, move your cursor over it and a definition will pop up – easy as! You can also choose to print a copy of the full glossary.
Discussions – Sharing with others can also be a great way to learn. Talk with your classmates and teacher at school about the ideas you come across in this online course. Even chat to your family at the dinner table about the things you’re learning – if you can explain the ideas to others, you can really be confident in your own understanding.