James Cook Boys Technology High School

Catapulting into Success

Catapulting into Success STEM program involves the planning and construction of a catapult to foster engagement and achievement in stage 4 science, mathematics, engineering and technology. This will be accomplished through the implementation of a self-contained unit of work with integrated authentic assessment tasks. The outcomes are driven by the NSW science syllabus with a focus on scientific inquiry, data processing and analysis to identify trends as applied to the action of unbalanced forces. The students’ work culminates in a day of activities where the built catapults are assessed for their effectiveness using an agreed set of criteria.

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Year Group
Year 8
Learning Across the Curriculum
Critical and creative thinking
Information and communication technology capability
Personal and social capability
Science Outcomes
SC4-10PW Physical World
Working Scientifically:
SC4-4WS, SC4-5WS, SC4-6WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-8WS, SC4-9WS
Technology (Mandatory) Years 7-8 Outcomes
4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.4.1, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6.1, 4.6.2
Mathematics Outcomes
MA4-4NA Computation with Integers
MA4-11NA Linear Relationships
MA4-18MG Angle Relationships
MA4-19SP Data Collection and Representation
MA4-20SP Single Variable Data Analysis
Working Mathematically Outcomes
MA4-1WM, MA4-2WM, MA4-3WM

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The outcomes addressed are from the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) NSW., Years 7–10 Syllabuses.

Learning Across the Curriculum covers cross-curriculum priorities, general capabilities and other areas identified by the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) NSW.