The Science and Technology program for Secondary Cycle One, like the elementary-level program, is aimed at helping students develop basic scientific and technological literacy.
The program focuses on the development of the following interrelated competencies:
- Methodology – seek answers or solutions to scientific and technological problems. In science the inquiry process is used and in technology, the design process will be implemented.
- Conceptualization and application to everyday life – become familiar with the concepts involved in understanding natural phenomena and analyze the inner workings of technical objects.
The Science and Technology program creates a single discipline by integrating five scientific fields (geology, astronomy, biology, physics, and chemistry) and various technological fields (mechanical design, medical, food and mining technology).
The program content is divided into four major areas:
- Material world – properties of matter, changes, organization of matter
- Living world – diversity of life forms, survival of species, life-sustaining processes
- Earth and space – general characteristics of the earth, geological, geophysical and astronomical phenomena
- Technological world – engineering, technological systems, forces and motion
In keeping with the demands of the new program and with the IBO philosophy, there will be cross-curricular connections with other subject areas. The different branches of science and technology and their related content will be examined in terms of their impact on individuals and society.