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Beyond Earth: Shelter from the Elements

This resource provides a scaffold for students to undertake a design challenge. The design challenge requires students to develop a shelter that protects humans from the hostile conditions on another planet. Students draw on their existing scientific understanding (for example, conductors and insulators), along with their ...

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Electric cars in Australia

Did you know that electric cars have been around for 100 years? Why have they only recently become more popular? What are some of the benefits of electric cars? Do some research and find out how many recharging stations there are in Australia for electric cars. Where are they located?

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Getting your boat into shape!

A ball of plasticine sinks. Could you change its shape to make it float? Watch this clip to see some plasticine being made into different shapes. Find out which shape floats. Take a look at the shape of a motor boat. Why is it pointy at the front?

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Humans: will science and technology change us?

Human evolution has produced the most powerful and resourceful species on Earth. What makes us human and what might we be like in the future? Through different types of representation this video traces how scientific and technological developments in the past have influenced what it means to be human now. Will emerging ...

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Drones as an everyday reality

There's a race on to turn drone deliveries into a commercial reality. What does reporter Zoe Daniel describe as the "holy grail" for drone makers who have this aim? In this clip Matt Sweeney and his team at Flirtey take some investors out to a drone delivery test site in the Nevada Desert. What are they able to achieve ...

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Different paper plane designs

How many different paper plane designs are there? Lots! Watch as Dylan Parker, paper plane expert, demonstrates some of his favourites. Notice the way the different shapes and features of the planes cause them to move through the air in different ways. Which one do you like the most? Why not have a go at making something similar?

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Designers support changing societies

It is the job of designers to support us as society evolves and changes. Watch designers invent tools that could make our lives easier in the future and learn how products such as smartphones have evolved over time to meet changing requirements and technical capabilities.

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Pixels and image quality

What are pixels and how do they work? Find out how pixels affect the quality of a digital image and learn how modern artists and designers can manipulate pixels in creative ways.

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What is engineering?

Watch this video to find out what engineering is. What do engineers do? What types of projects do they work on? Think about a problem that you'd like to solve for the world. Now put your imagination into gear and start designing a solution!

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Design a treetop obstacle course

How much of Tasmania is covered in forest? Watch this video to find out! Have you ever done an obstacle course in the treetops? No? Well, join Grace and her pals as they head 20 metres up into the trees! Pay special attention to all of the obstacle course challenges they come across. After you've watched this clip, design ...

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Sustainable travel

In this sequence of learning, students design and pitch ideas for an app that informs users of the cost associated with various forms of transport. They investigate the costs and environmental impact of forms of transport, including public transport. They then explore ideas for designing an app to allow commuters to track ...

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Telerobots, we need you

Telerobots are semi-autonomous robots that are controlled from a distance. See telerobotic vehicles used in mining, agriculture and other workplaces where machines are used to take people out of the danger zone. Find out how the robots are controlled using communications technology.

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SKA to help unlock the secrets of the universe

Radio astronomy is on the verge of developing groundbreaking technology that will allow scientists to see into the furthest reaches of the universe. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the most powerful radio telescope ever built. See how it has been designed and the developments that have been made so far.

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Affordable prosthetics made with 3D printing

When engineer Matt Bowtell was retrenched from his job, he decided to invest in some 3D printers and started designing affordable prosthetics. His clever designs use no electronics and are made from very cheap materials. Matt has estimated that with 1,000 downloads of his open-source designs, those who use his prosthetics ...

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Future car: green, sleek and electric

Electric cars are powered by batteries rather than traditional fossil fuels, and may be the vehicles of our future. Here, Peter Pudney from the University of South Australia describes the design of an electric car that has travelled Australia and the world. Discover this vehicle's unique features that enable it to travel ...

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How ocean rips work

Watch as Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki plunge into the ocean near Sydney and do battle with a major rip. Who will make it safely back to shore and who will need to be rescued by a lifesaver? Find out the best strategy to use when caught in a rip.

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Building cells synthetically

A cell's own genetic material provides the instructions for how it works, but what if we could design our own set of instructions? Synthetic biology combines biology and engineering in the design of new systems and functions for cells. Watch this animated clip for an explanation of this new, innovative technology. See examples ...

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Could robots take nearly half our jobs?

Robots can clean your floor, cook your food, build cars or even go to war. Experts say that within 20 years there could be more robots on Earth than people. How many jobs will humans lose to robots in the future?

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Food for thought

Food security, or sufficient access to safe and nutritious food, is of rising global concern. Watch this animated clip to discover the main problems facing food security, and to see some suggestions for solutions that might incorporate strategies like waste management practices and emerging technologies.

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Rooftop gardens bloom in the city

When city space is at a premium why not retrofit city roofs to incorporate a garden? There are a host of benefits with having a rooftop garden. Discover some advantages of these gardens and how materials behave under different weather conditions.