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A resource for Stage 3 students called Ecospace which takes students on a journey through the design process, requiring them to explore a real space in their immediate learning environment and to show a real school audience how improvements could be made.
Wing loading is a measurement that relates the mass of an aircraft or bird to the total wing area. This resource provides an interactive for students to compare flight capabilities of planes with birds, matching those that are the most similar.
In this practical activity, students will learn about types of kites, some kite history and how kites fly before making and flying a kite themselves. The activity includes a teacher guide and student worksheet.
In this practical activity, students design and build a balloon-powered car and race it to better understand the ideas related to rocket propulsion. The resource includes a step-by-step teacher guide and student worksheets.
Artificial lighting methods have changed with the invention of new lighting technologies designed to be more energy efficient and to reduce the use of resources. Since electricity has been used as an energy source, incandescent and fluorescent globes and, more recently, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used in our ...
Imagine living in a dome-shaped house! Watch an interview with some people who left city life behind and built a community in the forest, using local materials and creating less-common structures such as dome houses. Find out how the community worked together to build these environmentally friendly homes, and wander through ...
Imagine driving from Perth to Melbourne in an electric car! But what if there are no charging stations available or the batteries run down while you're driving? The REV project (2013) explored plug-in electric cars and how viable they are for future transport. Find out some of their pros and cons.
Solar cells can now be made with the same polymer technology used in Australian banknotes. Existing technology using silicon solar cells is expensive and difficult. Find out about printable solar cells made from polymer or titanium dioxide, and discover the advantages of this new technology.
Can you imagine future cities designed to be self-sufficient and to incorporate innovative ways to use new materials and energy systems? Watch this animation to find out how the creation of zero emission cities involves some serious questions about possible social, economic, and political implications. Discover the role ...
In this interview people talk about how they worked together as part of a community to build their unconventional houses. They describe the influence of Buckminster Fuller, and how they shared ideas and experimented with local building materials. See how they achieved their aim to be self-sufficient and sustainable.
Discover how housing design is changing and what it may be like in the future. Energy efficiency has become increasingly important in sustainable housing design. Innovative solutions to reduce the use of resources are the way of the future. Can you imagine living in a parasite house?
Improve your writing with a variety of compound and complex sentences. Discover some simple ways to connect ideas with conjunctions (words that join). In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video report on a new, environmentally friendly solar house. You'll clear any confusion about conjunctions, clauses and commas.
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?