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KS3 Science - Electromagnetic Spectrum: Your Task

A guide to resources on electromagnetic waves, from radio to gamma - their use, danger and occurrence, compiled by your librarians.


Assessment Rubric

Criterion L: Scientific Literacy


Aspect 1

Aspect 2

Aspect 3

Aspect 4


Application of Science to Society

Use of Relevant Scientific Terminology

Use of Diagrams / Pictures / Symbols

Referencing & Bibliography

A – A*

Discusses ways in which science interacts with at least two of environmental, ethical, political, economic or social concerns


Correct scientific terminology, at the appropriate level,  is used throughout, to explain concepts



Diagrams and pictures are well integrated and are referred to in the text


Where appropriate, symbols and equations are used correctly


Correct bibliography is included, according to the Harvard format

All sources are referenced in the text

A range of sources (e.g. books, web, periodicals) have been used.



B – C

Describes ways in which science interacts with any of environmental, ethical, political, economic or social concerns


Mostly correct scientific terminology is used to describe concepts

Material from published sources is rephrased in own words


Attempts to use appropriate diagrams and pictures


Where appropriate, attempts to use symbols and equations


A mostly correct bibliography is included

Attempts to reference the sources in the text

At least four sources have been used


D – E

States ways in ways in which science interacts with any of environmental, ethical, political, economic or social concerns


Attempts to use correct scientific terminology


Includes some diagrams, pictures or symbols in the project


Lists the sources used to prepare the project



Tasks and Guidelines


You will be assigned one of the 7 groups by your teacher.  You are to research your particular part of the e-m spectrum and design a presentation that will illustrate both the uses and the dangers.  You should also include relevant data such as the typical wavelength and frequency.

Your presentation should be based around PowerPoint.  Remember the importance of including pictures, diagrams, charts or tables to support your presentation.

 Guidance Questions:

  1. What are the different uses of your particular section on the e-m spectrum?
  2. Why is it suitable for this application? 
  3. Are there any dangers? What are they and why do they occur?

Discuss some current and potential issues related to your section of the spectrum (include both the pros and cons and a range of arguments including your own opinion): social, economic, political, cultural or ethical.   Are there possible solutions to these issues?