Chemistry, Physics, Electronics
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Students will develop an understanding of the composition and properties of matter, the changes it undergoes,and the energy involved. They use their understanding of the fundamental properties of chemistry to make sense of the world around them. They learn to interpret their observations by considering the properties and behaviours of atoms, molecules, and ions. They learn to communicate their understandings using symbols and conventions of chemistry. Using their knowledge of chemistry, students are better able to understand science-related challenges, such as environmental sustainability and the development of new materials, pharmaceuticals, and sources of energy.
Physics is the study of light, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, waves, forces, and motion, united by the concept of energy, which is transformed from one form to another without loss. By studying physics, students gain an understanding of interactions between parts of the physical world and of the ways in which they can be represented. Knowing about physics enables people to understand a wide range of contemporary issues and challenges and potential technological solutions. (NZC pg 29)
Electronics is a practical project based subject where students build up knowledge about circuits, semiconductors, microprocessors and build various circuits using electronics boxes, breadboards and kiwi patchboards. They also learn how to make their own Printer Circuit Boards (PCB) and how to program microchips. The application ranges from Technology to Fashion, depending on the student's interests.