The Applied Science faculty at The Scots College is made up of four Departments, Mathematics, Science, Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) and Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE). As the College prepares students for an ever-changing world, driven largely by developments in science and technology, there is a great need to have learners who can solve problems using skills and knowledge across disciplines.
By finding synergies across the Departments that make up the Applied Science Faculty, we hope to create learning experiences that help develop innovative, creative and critical thinkers who are highly skilled and can adaptively operate in a dynamic work environment. By working collaboratively on realistic problems, students learn to apply skills and concepts not only in isolated subject areas but see how these concepts can be leveraged across disciplines. While it is difficult to imagine what world the students of today will inherit, it is comforting to know they will have the hard and soft skills required to lead, learn and serve in the the areas of Applied Science.
Applied Sciences at Scots provide significant opportunities for students to use cutting edge equipment and facilities to analyse, design and create experience-rich learning environments. Areas such as the interactive learning space in science, laser cutters and 3D printers, sports science testing equipment and the like provide a unique set of learning tools for students at Scots. By learning to manipulate and understand the types of measurement and creative technologies that are emerging, students at Scots will be well placed to lead innovation in their chosen areas.
Mathematics has an extremely strong history at Scots. High levels of uptake at Extension 1 and 2 in Senior years is indicative of the confidence that the boys attain during their Mathematics studies in early years. Mathematics has a well-established acceleration program to cater for the learning needs of highly able students and provides evidence-based counsel regarding the most appropriate Mathematics course to which a student is suited. Innovative teaching practices such as problem-based learning and experiential learning are embedded in the curriculum resulting in increased engagement and the ability to apply mathematical concepts broadly. The use of technology and software appropriate to the content area also supports student learning and provides on time feedback and assessment for learning.
Science is a dynamic mode of inquiry to understand our physical world. At Scots, students are immersed in experiences that enable them to actively engage with the learning process. Students explore the fundamental concepts that underpin scientific understanding and undertake their own investigations in order to comprehend the scientific method. In order to facilitate the student-centered and experiential nature of the Science program at Scots, students are immersed in state-of-the-art facilities including large laboratory spaces and an activity-based space that provide students an optimal learning environment. Our intent is to inspire students to embrace their curiosity in the sciences through active inquiry.
Technology and Applied Studies covers areas such as Design Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering Science. Students engage in a well-established design process in order to create solutions for real problems. Students use modelling through 3D printing, laser-cutting, computer simulation and to develop prototypes and artifacts that enable detailed problem-solving processes to be undertaken and understood. Working collaboratively, TAS students produce exceptional major works using a variety of materials and media. The core of the department is creative problem solving - creating learners that will lead innovation into the future.
In a modern society that is fast paced and characterised by incessant change and uncertainty, adaptability becomes increasingly relevant. PDHPE is focused on the holistic development of students, that equips them with the required knowledge, life skills and tools to maintain peak physical, mental and emotional health. It explores a range of current health and social issues relevant to young people and promotes resilience, sense of self and connectedness so students can contribute positively to the communities and society they live in.