The Benowa State High School science program seeks to develop an understanding of key concepts within each scientific discipline.
A major emphasis of the course is to empower the students to independently explore the world around them from a scientific perspective. This is facilitated through the acquisition of knowledge and the development of effective communication skills and problem solving strategies. Students examine how scientific knowledge in each disciple change as new evidence becomes available or old evidence is re-interpreted.
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy Biology is a vast subject containing many subdivisions, topics, and disciplines. Among the most important topics are five unifying principles that can be said to be the fundamental axioms of modern biology:
Cells are the basic unit of life
New species and inherited traits are the product of evolution
Genes are the basic unit of heredity
An organism regulates its internal environment to maintain a stable and constant condition
Living organisms consume and transform energy
Chemistry is the science of atomic matter, especially its chemical reactions, but also its composition, structure and properties. Chemistry is concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms, and particularly with the properties of chemical bonds.
Chemistry is sometimes called "the central science" because it connects physics with other natural sciences such as geology and biology. Chemistry is a branch of physical science but distinct from physics.
Physics is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space-time, along with related concepts such as energy and force more broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.
Benowa State High School encourages extra-curricular participation. And to this end has established a ‘science club’ which involves students of both primary and junior high school classes to participate in regular scientific learning activities. These students then have the opportunity to join an extension program which can fast track them to university courses.
Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, physics was a part of natural philosophy along with chemistry, certain branches of mathematics, and biology, but during the scientific revolution in the 16th century, the natural sciences emerged as unique research programs in their own right. Physics intersects with many interdisciplinary areas of research, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, and the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences, while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy.