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Lawrence Hargrave with box kites, 1894

This is a sepia photograph, measuring 24.2 cm x 29.3 cm, of aeronautical inventor Lawrence Hargrave (left) and an unidentified man in Stanwell Park, on the coast between Sydney and Wollongong, New South Wales. They are assembling five box kites and joining them together, in preparation for using them to lift a man into ...

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Sheep washing at 'Collaroy' station, 1872

This is an image from a wood engraving, measuring 35.0 cm x 23.6 cm, showing an elaborate steam-driven sheep washing plant at 'Collaroy' station in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales. It shows sheep moving through several stages of scouring, washing and rinsing. Large boilers and engines are housed in sheds on the ...

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Paddle-steamship animation

This animated resource is about innovation in paddle-steam technology in 19th-century Britain. It explains how steam can drive a paddle-steamer. It includes background material, an animation of the workings of a simple paddle-steamer engine and a quiz on the names and functions of the engine parts.

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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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Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – Design and Technology – Stage 5

How can we make our contemporary world more inclusive? This Stage 5 Design and Technology module, Build a better world - investigating inclusive and accessible technologies and spaces, explores inventions and architectural designs that seek to improve access for those with disabilities throughout their everyday routines. ...

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SMART Notebook: The technological legacy of Ancient China

This resource is an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) resource examining inventions from Ancient China and their legacy in the modern world. Also contains activities about understanding historical time and working with timelines.

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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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Slaves using a cotton gin, 1869

This is a black-and-white illustration captioned 'The first cotton gin'. It shows how the US artist William L Sheppard imagined the scene of the first gin in operation, some 80 years after the actual event. Sheppard depicts two male slaves operating the machine with two white men examining the ginned cotton while female ...

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The dough machine

Franklin and Henry invent 'The spoon cranking dough churner', which explodes when they fail to take into account the fact that dough expands when heated.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Winding gear animation

This animated resource is about technical innovations in 19th-century Britain. It shows the winding gear used in coalmines to raise and lower people or equipment in a cage. Background material is provided, an animation shows how the winding gear operates and a quiz tests students' knowledge of the names of the parts of ...

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Spinning mill animation

This resource is about spinning mills in 19th-century Britain. The animation shows how a spinning mill used line shafting to spin cotton. Students read text material, then view the stages of line shafting: coal-fired furnaces produce steam, which passes through the valves and powers the piston rod; the piston rod transfers ...