Welcome to James Hargest Science
Learning in science is fundamental to understanding the world in which we live and work. It helps people to clarify ideas, to ask questions, to test explanations through measurement and observation, and to use their findings to establish the worth of an idea.
Our dependence on science and technology demands a high level of scientific literacy for all New Zealanders and requires a comprehensive science education for all students, as well as for those who will have careers in science and technology.
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At James Hargest College students attend year 7, 8, 9 and 10 core science classes. Core Science is taught at Levels 3, 4 and 5 in years 7 to 10.
In year 11 students are required to participate in NCEA Level 1 Science or NZASE Science.This is followed in years 12 and 13 with the option subjects, General Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the NCEA.
Year 10 GATE Science students were invited to spend a day investigating applications of Science. They looked at some biotechnology, extracting DNA, testing for phosphates and investigating a crime scene. They also spent some time with robotic kits using technology to build and programme robots.
At the start of December a group of our Year 10 Maori students were invited to take part in a wananga run by the University of Otago at Murihiku Marae. They spent 2 days at the marae learning about titi and diabetes. They are keen to go back next year as well.
Titi Project - Focussed on the science, technology and maths used in determining the sustainability of the tÄ«tÄ« (muttonbird) harvest. Students got to use burrowscopes to try and find eggs deep in artificial burrows and experience life as a bird in a mark/recapture game to discover how scientists work out how many animals are in a migrating population and what they get up to.
Diabetes Study - Focussed on the relationship between food, exercise, blood glucose levels and diabetes. Students carried out lots of practical tasks exploring what energy is in different types of food, how can we monitor and control glucose levels in our blood and why is it important.