Sciences

Science!The most important goal for science education is to stimulate, nurture and sustain the curiosity, wonder and questioning of children. Young children have a natural sense of wonder and curiosity and are active and eager learners endeavouring to make sense of the world. They develop ideas through play, investigation, first-hand experience and discussion. As they grow older children ask searching questions based on their everyday observations and experiences of living things, the environment and the materials, objects and devices they interact with. Young people are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies and become increasingly aware of, and passionate about, the impact of science on their own health and wellbeing, the health of society and of the environment.

Science!What is science?

Science is the study of the physical world, where we establish facts by using experiments and observation. Studying science helps us understand how the world works.

Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives, at work, at leisure and in the home. Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society. In a modern and ambitious society like ours, sciences for all are vital.

Science!Scotland offers many exciting and rewarding careers in the sciences and engineering.

What will learning in the sciences enable my child to do?

Learning in the sciences will enable your child to:
•develop curiosity and understanding of the environment and their place in the living, material and physical world
•demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences
•develop skills for learning, life and work
•develop the skills of scientific inquiry and investigation using practical techniques
•develop skills in the accurate use of scientific language, formulae and equations
•apply safety measures and take necessary actions to control risk and hazards
•recognise the impact the sciences make on their life, the lives of others, on the environment and on society
•recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences
•develop an understanding of the Earth's resources and the need for responsible use of them
•express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues, based upon sound understanding
•develop as a scientifically-literate citizen with a lifelong interest in the sciences
•establish the foundation for more advanced learning and future careers in the sciences and the technologies

Careers in the sciences

Scotland offers many exciting and rewarding careers in the sciences and engineering, as do other countries around the world. The sciences are vital for key economic sectors in Scotland, such as energy, the creative industries (including digital), food and drink and life sciences. It is often thought that these careers are only available to those who have a university degree in a science or engineering related subject, but many opportunities also exist for modern apprentices and for technician-level roles too.

The skills gained through the sciences can also open doors to careers in many other sectors. For instance, transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems, make accurate predictions and draw valid conclusions can be applied to many contexts. As a result, sciences skills are much valued.

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