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People have always been fascinated by the world around them and chemistry is the study of the substances that make up the universe. From the time people worked out how to create fire, chemistry has been at the forefront of exciting discoveries such as the structure of DNA and the use of semiconductors in electronics. Chemistry looks at the behaviour of substances, the changes they undergo to create new ones and the reactions between them. Yet it is more than what happens at a micro level, it is about what it is that makes us, our materials and everything around us. Ākonga learn the essential skills and knowledge needed to analyse scientific information, conduct experiments and research. Chemistry is essential for careers in a wide range of areas including medicine, pharmacy, engineering, environmental science, wine making and food technology.