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Unconsious bias: You can be a scientist: STEM careers

This is a unit of work about the work of scientists and science careers; particularly what common stereotypes, prejudices and perceptions exist regarding who can or should become scientists. The resource includes: An introduction with teacher notes, student tasks, embedded videos and links to additional resources. Specific ...

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Tractor beam on water

Have you ever dropped something at sea and wished you could control the water flow so that it would bring the object back to you? Scientists at ANU have created a tractor beam on water that can do just that! Watch this video to find out about some of the practical applications of this technology.

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Biomimicry in engineering

Students explore how engineers have incorporated systems, materials, and methods from nature into man made products, materials, and methods found in all industries. Students look to natural examples to create on paper a structure or system that would support people living on the moon. They consider patenting options and ...

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Sirius about underwater exploration

Robotics can be used to survey both land and the sea floor. Discover how underwater exploration takes place using an unmanned (autonomous) underwater vehicle called Sirius. Find out the advantages of using Sirius to gather a range of information used to build a picture of the sea floor.

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What is a nanopatch?

Imagine if getting vaccinated was as simple as sticking a little patch on your skin. Watch this video as it explains how a nanopatch may revolutionise the way we deliver vaccines. 

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Drones track endangered Australian animals

Tracking Australian animals over vast and varied landscapes can be very difficult for animal researchers. Watch this video to find out how drones are revolutionising the way researchers track endangered Australian animals.

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Blast furnace animation

This resource is about blast furnaces and innovations in smelting iron in 18th-century Britain. The animation show how a blast furnace used a combination of iron ore and limestone with coke to produce iron. Students read text material and then view the animation, which also includes a segment on how to build a blast furnace.

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Beam engine animation

This animated resource is about innovation in steam engine technology in 19th-century Britain. It shows an early steam engine called the beam engine, which was developed to pump out floodwater from the deep mines in Cornwall. It includes background material, an animation of the workings of the beam engine, a clear, detailed ...

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Droplet lens technology

Imagine if you could turn your smart phone into a microscope. These scientists have found a way to do just that. Watch this video to find out how easily and cheaply a high-resolution microscope can be made, and how this innovation is helping to revolutionise science and medicine all around the world.

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School robot rescue!

Could you create a robot for a dangerous rescue mission? As part of the Da Vinci Programme at Holy Cross College, students built and programmed their own robot to follow a line through obstacles and rescue a ‘casualty' at a simulated chemical spill.

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What invention could you not do without?

Some discoveries and inventions have transformed our lives. Listen as scientists from a range of fields identify their favourite technological innovations. They give reasons for their choices by describing the impact that these discoveries or inventions have had on their life and on society.

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What is an optical dog nose?

What do you think an 'optical dog nose' is? Watch this video to find out how this technology can be used in the real world. Can you think of some other potential applications for this technology?

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What can makerspaces offer?

Do you know what a makerspace is? Watch this video and see if you can list some of the skills and knowledge that a makerspace can provide. How important do you think it is to work collaboratively in a makerspace?

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Could cyborgs really exist?

A cyborg is a human or animal body incorporating robotic or computer technology. Could cyborgs ever exist outside film or television? Watch this clip to discover how cyborgs, or cybernetic organisms, are already being used to treat medical conditions like colour blindness. What future applications might there be for cybernetics ...

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Air cargo scanner

Did you know that air cargo is not subjected to the same kind of scrutiny that we face? In order to redress this security problem, CSIRO scientists have developed an air cargo scanner that is capable of detecting different materials in cargo. What are some of the benefits of a scanner that can detect not just shapes and ...

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Jing He's 3D career as an image specialist

Discover how an image specialist contributes to the creation of virtual digital images used to build geographically accurate 3D models of natural and built environments. Find out what skills Jing He uses and why she loves her job. Learn too about the value of this rapidly evolving industry.

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Are you ready for 4D printing?

Have you heard of 4D printing, an extension of the 3D printing process that creates (prints) a 3D computer-designed object in a material such as as metal or plastic? With 4D printing, objects transform or bend themselves into their final shape. Explore this new technology, and discover what activates the morphing. Consider ...

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Outback House - building a sheep wash

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work as a real station would have in the 1860s. Watch the squatter and his station hands race against ...

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Friendly robots

Imagine a robot that can work out how you're feeling and give you advice. Meet Matilda and Jack, robots that use software to recognise human emotion from facial expressions. See how they are being trialled with elderly people. Who knows, one day your best friend might be a robot!

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Nanotech rising

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of very tiny particles to create new products, and it has many current and future applications. Explore this rising new field, see many everyday things that use or contain nanomaterials, and find out about some of society's concerns about nanotechnology.