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Clean energy: lesson ideas

This teacher resource provides an extensive list of suggested classroom activities that can be used to explore ideas related to clean energy sources, energy conservation and energy efficiency. The activities are grouped by learning area: science/technology, mathematics, SOSE/humanities, English, the arts, health and physical ...

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Water: learn it for life! - year 7 science

This PDF unit of work is one of a series of resources accessible by searching the list in the series.It includes two teaching and learning sequences: 'Water journeys' focuses on the water cycle, and 'Pure water' focuses on the processes and people involved in creating and managing drinkable water. It provides Australian ...

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Using a lens to bend light

How can a water-filled plastic straw be used to decode a secret message? Watch as the Surfing Scientist demonstrates how lenses with a curved surface do curious things to light.

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Meet muttaburrasaurus, a plant-eating Australian dinosaur

Dr Ben Kear, a paleontologist at La Trobe University, introduces muttaburrasaurus, a dinosaur found near Muttaburra in Queensland. Muttburrasaurus was a giant herbivore, a plant eater. What does its fossilised skull really look like?

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Where does honey come from?

Discover where honey comes from. Learn how and why honey is made and how we get different types of honey. See what daily life is like in a bee colony.

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Finding fossils from the age of dinosaurs in Rascal Flats

Visit the fossil site of Rascal Flats, Richmond, with Dr Ben Kear, a paleontologist at La Trobe University. Hear about the chance discovery of a new fossil and see a fish fossil from the ancient inland sea.

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Temperature changes the properties of a substance

Substances that are very cold have different properties to substances that are hot. Watch as the Surfing Scientist uses hot and cold water, food colouring and a fish tank to demonstrate what happens when water at different temperatures is mixed together.

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Friction: friend or foe?

What part does the force of friction play in our everyday lives? Friction can be an advantage (friend) or a problem (foe). Join interviewer Doug Traction and professors Static, Slide, Rolling and Fluid at the National Tribology Research Centre as they have forceful fun investigating friction. This video won a prize in the ...

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Why does a grapefruit float?

Why does a grapefruit float when it's skin is on, but sink when it's skin is removed? Watch these young scientists perform an experiment with grapefruit in water and discover the connection between grapefruit skin and life jackets.

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Ramping it up, Egyptian pyramid style

How did the ancient Egyptians move and lift huge stones during construction of the pyramids? Secondary student Angus Atkinson designed an experiment to find out how the lives of pyramid workers could have been made easier. See how as you watch this video, which he entered in the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools Prize.

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Change of state: liquid to gas

Substances exist in different states depending on the temperature. Watch the Surfing Scientist have a popping good time as he demonstrates this phenomenon. Don't forget to block your ears!

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Salt water density experiment

Discover what density is and how you can test the density of liquids. You will also find out about salt water and how its density is responsible for the circulation of water around the world's oceans.

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Megafires

Are we approaching the 'age of megafires'? It might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but some scientists believe there is cause for concern. Watch this clip to find out how bushfires as we know them are changing. Discover why.

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Bushfire disaster, Victoria 2009

Investigate Victoria's devastating bushfires of 2009 and find out why they have been called Australia's worst ever natural disaster. In this clip you will see the ferocious fires that ripped through parts of Victoria, destroying bushland, farms, houses, schools and cars. Find out what made these fires so devastating.

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Fire management strategies

What role do fire-behaviour specialists and ecologists have in fire management? Watch this clip to find out about issues relating to fire management in Australia, in particular prescribed burning.

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Increasing threat of megafires

Many scientists believe we are already experiencing megafires and that they will continue to increase in the future. In this clip you will hear from Australian scientists at the forefront of fire research. Discover what they have to say about the causes, projections, and consequences of an increased megafire threat.

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The Richmond pliosaur - an ancient predator

Not all fossils creatures were dinosaurs. This pliosaur swam and hunted for fish in the Cretaceous sea. It was a marine reptile, like a distant relative of our modern lizards. The Richmond pliosaur is one of the most complete pliosaur skeletons ever found in Australia. Visit the fossil site where it was found.

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Minmi, Australia's ankylosaur dinosaur

Dr Ben Kear, a paleontologist at La Trobe University, introduces Minmi, one of Australia's most famous dinosaurs. It's an armoured dinosaur, a small ankylosaurus coverered in nodules of bone and bony spikes. Meet the man that discovered Minmi.

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Supercapacitors: new battery technology

Discover how nanotechnology is contributing to the creation of new, improved batteries that may soon be used in all our mobile phones and portable music devices - even in cars and trams. Catalyst's Tanya Ha looks at how traditional batteries produce electricity and how their efficiency may be increased by tiny devices known ...

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An ichthyosaur from the age of dinosaurs

Take a close look at a fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton with Maria Zammit, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide. Maria is studying the ichthyosaur and comparing it with dolphins and other living marine creatures to try to work out how it swam.