STEM Pack 6: Art Conservation

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Students explore the latest STEM careers – the science and the scientists – through videos, research and discussion.

The STEM Careers Packs aim to make students aware of the wide variety of STEM careers. They help students understand the importance of scientific knowledge, how science influences society, and how society influences science (i.e. Science as a Human Endeavour).

During their explorations, students will appreciate how the different areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interact and are interdependent, whilst developing STEM literacies and competencies.

In STEM Pack 6: Art Conservation, students learn that art conservators play an important role in preserving our history.

In conserving art, they use scientific techniques to analyse and understand what the artwork is made of, to understand past conservation, implement new techniques and make decisions about what they can and can’t conserve and how to conserve the work.

Students will also become aware of the ethical considerations about why we conserve art, what types of art we conserve, and how far we should go in conserving different items.

Students will gain an understanding of the careers in art conservation and the role science plays in these careers. In examining art conservation careers, students will engage with their own ideas and beliefs about science and art and consider ethical questions arising from their discussions.

This pack can be used to show the relevance of Chemical Sciences Science Understanding and Science Inquiry strands, and therefore delivered alongside such topical Chemistry units (ACSSU113), (ACSSU225), (ACSSU178), (ACSSU187).

All tasks in this pack are mapped to Science as a Human Endeavour as well as the Core Capabilities from the National Curriculum.

Please note: Some of the links to videos in this STEM Pack are temporarily unavailable. Watch the Working In… videos from this pack here.

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Years: 7, 8, 9, 10


Chemical Sciences – Mixtures and Separations, Chemical Reactions

Additional: Careers, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter, Change of Matter