Science talk 2007: Adam Cawley

Secondary KLAs:
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Science
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12

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An interview with Adam Cawley, a chemist and scientist from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, who is an expert in drug testing in sport. Adam talks to a teacher from Killara High School about working as a chemist, and the challenges in drug testing.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-17CW) explains how scientific understanding of, and discoveries about, the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures relate to their uses in everyday life

(SC5-17CW) discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU113) Mixtures, including solutions, contain a combination of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques

(ACSHE119) Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world

(ACSHE120) Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations

(ACSHE224) People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations

(ACSSU175) Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment

(ACSHE158) Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries

(ACSHE160) People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions

(ACSHE161) Advances in science and emerging sciences and technologies can significantly affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Drugs, Anabolic steroids, Growth hormone, Athletes
File type:
Centre for Learning Innovation
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Monday, 20 October 2008

Resource ID: d2960425-b0a9-4997-bdd7-ad81b694bf31