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Click here (right click and then choose "Save Target As") to download a set of training material to learn more about Nature of Science.
It was developed by Dr. Alice Wong and her research team since 2005.

Below is a brief description of the 12 sets of teaching resources.

LASIK
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The highlight of this teaching package is an innovative practical work which simulates the process of correcting shortsightness and longsightness in LASIK surgery. Students will understand various aspects of nature of science through exploring the developmental history of refractive surgery. An activity highlighting the risks and benefits of LASIK is aimed to train students in making informed decisions.

Sustainable Building
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This package aims to help students to understand the interrelationship between science, technology, society and the environment (STSE). In learning the various designs of sustainable buildings, students will come to appreciate how the use of energy can be minimized without compromising on the quality of the building itself and its internal environment. Students will investigate the energy performance of their home, school buildings and sustainable buildings in Hong Kong. Students will also experience a “hot box test” which compares the thermal properties of different building materials.

Nature of Light
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This package aims to help students to understand various aspects of nature of science through exploring the nature of light. Innovative investigations are used to help students to understand the photoelectric effect. Students will learn that it is possible to electroplate sodium onto the inner glass surface of a neon bulb. A neon bulb with a sodium coating is used to study the photoelectric effect induced by visible light and UV radiation.

Discovery of Current Electricity (Current Electricity)
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This teaching package aims at bringing out various aspects of nature of science by “story-telling” which is systematically organized into several episodes. Storytelling is a good way to humanize the teaching and learning of science since it can arouse students’ curiosity and develop a sense of wonder towards science. The discovery of current electricity is an excellent topic to be presented in the form of a story. It involves the great debate between two Italian scientists in the late 1700s: Luigi Galvani & Alessandro Giuseppe Volta.

Infectious Disease
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Through a range of activities, this teaching package aims to help students to learn about viruses, several key concepts of the nature of science and how to make informed decisions. Video clips of interviews with key scientists who had fought against SARS during the 2003 SARS outbreak provide students with a better understanding of authentic scientific research and a more realistic image of scientists.

Do you know what you are eating? (GM Food)
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This package uses GM food as an example to illustrate controversies within science, and the relationship between science, technology, society and the environment (STSE). Students can learn to identify the differences between claims and evidence through the study of GM food related materials found in scientific reports and in the press, and to make their own decisions on social issues from an analytical rather than an emotional standpoint.

Disneyland Development: Benefit or Loss? (Disneyland)
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The package uses the case of construction of the theme park to raise students’ awareness of the environmental impact of major constructional developments. It helps students to think critically about the balance which must be struck between development of land to satisfy commercial and public wishes and ecosystem damage caused thereby. Students will examine the impact of dredging, one of the major concerns in building the theme park, in a simulation using live brine shrimps.

Be smart! Should we believe all that the advertisements say? (Protein)
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The package provides students with an opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge in daily life situations. Through analyzing some protein-rich health food products, students can learn about the tentative nature of scientific knowledge, and how to choose a suitable test for a scientific investigation.

Hydrogen Peroxide
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This teaching package aims to illustrate how to guide students to make informed decisions and construct evidence-based arguments by making use of newspaper reports on the harmful effects of using hydrogen peroxide on food. This package is enriched by two extensions which bring out the discussions of whether shark fin consumption should be banned and the use of alternative medicine respectively.

The roles of models in understanding science (Models)
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This package aims at guiding students to understand the role of models as well as the scope and limitation of different kinds of models in representing the physical world. A model can be regarded as a representation of an idea, an event, process or system. Models in science are created to test ideas. They will change dramatically as ideas develop and will highlight the more relevant areas selectively while neglecting the less important aspects, thus models are not copies of reality.

How do scientists do science? (Vitamin C)
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This package provides students with the chance to experience the process of reviewing and evaluating scientific papers. How scientists solve some problems in research will be investigated by looking into some studies on vitamin C. Students will be able to analyze the benefits and drawbacks of experimental and non-experimental approaches to research.

Atomic Theory
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This teaching package aims at guiding students to understand how science can be developed through the emergence of laws and subsequently the overarching theories that explain many physical phenomena. The difference between laws and theories will be discussed. One of the aims of this package is to remind students that direct experimental findings and observations are not the only mean to develop scientific knowledge.