Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – Science – Stage 5

Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 9, Year 10

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Athlete using a prosthetic leg

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Modern prosthetics are developed to offer comfort and practicality in a range of complex environments. This Stage 5 unit, The science and technology of prosthetics and the physics of movement, explores a number of technological advances in the field of prosthetics including material strength, sensors and actuators and osseointegration. Students will investigate the physics of movement, including the forces involved in walking and jumping, and will capture and analyse accelerometer data from their investigations. Students will also investigate the specific strength of a range of materials in order to determine the best material from which to make prosthetics. This resource is also downloadable as a SCORM file: the downloaded version will only work if you upload it to a webserver, such as Moodle or Canvas.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC5-6WS) undertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively

(SC5-7WS) processes, analyses and evaluates data from first-hand investigations and secondary sources to develop evidence-based arguments and conclusions

(SC5-10PW) applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion

(SC5-11PW) explains how scientific understanding about energy conservation, transfers and transformations is applied in systems

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSIS165) Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods

(ACSIS166) Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to collect and record data systematically and accurately

(ACSIS169) Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies

(ACSIS170) Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence

(ACSSU190) Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations

(ACSSU229) The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Prostheses, Human movement, Motion
Analysis, Critical thinking activity, Data manipulation and interpretation, Estimation, Project
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Monday, 8 October 2018

Resource ID: c0b25c70-2f9d-4104-856b-5cc9eff10764