According to the CfE Experiences and Outcomes document:

By considering current issues of science, learners increasingly develop their understanding of scientific concepts and their capacity to form informed social, moral and ethical views. They reflect upon and critically evaluate media portrayal of scientific findings.

The two tabs below let you look at Level 4 SSERC chemistry activities to help teaching the two parts of this area.

SCN 4-20a

I have researched new developments in science and can explain how their current or future applications might impact on modern life.

Antioxidants (Workshop) – A Range of investigations to look at antioxidant levels in fruits and teas (though the method can be adapted for any antioxidant).

Ceramics (workshop) – A suite of activities to explore the properties of some ceramics.

Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (workshop) – An activity to show generation of electricity from plant pigments.

Guzzling Plants (workshop) – Experiment and activities looking at phytoremediation and copper uptake in plants.

Liquid Crystals (workshop) – Making liquid crystals of different compositions and investigating the effect of temperature on their colour changes

Plastic Fantastic (workshop) – Synthesis and testing of an electrically conductive plastic – polypyrrole.

SCN 4-20b

Having selected scientific themes of topical interest, I can critically analyse the issues, and use relevant information to develop an informed argument.

Biodiesel (workshop) – A range of experiments based around the production and testing of Biodiesel from vegetable oil.

Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (workshop) – An activity to show generation of electricity from plant pigments.

Shampoo (workshop) – Activity to make shampoo, involving steam distillation to extract natural essences

Vitamin C Drops (workshop) – Determining the concentration of Vitamin C in a variety of fruit juices using a simple titration with iodine.