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Primary science: authentic contexts

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'authentic contexts' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers engage their students' interests, ...

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Cash for cans in Western Australia?

Western Australians are the nation's largest producers of waste, yet they recycle the least, according to the 2012 National Waste Report. In this clip you will hear from people who would like the state government to introduce a 10-cent refund on cans and bottles, to encourage people to recycle. But not everyone is happy ...

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Solving problems while promoting wellbeing

Lots of food is thrown out each day in Australia while lots of people rely on charities for their meals. Watch this clip and learn about FareShare, an organisation that is working towards solving both of those problems. Make a list of all the ways FareShare is helping to improve human wellbeing. Don't forget to consider ...

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Classroom Antarctica: natural resources and waste management

This learning sequence investigates how basic human needs are met and the natural resources that are consumed aboard an icebreaker en route to Antarctica. Students research life aboard Australia's newest icebreaker and structure research questions to guide their inquiries. They can deliver their findings as a written, ...

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Food wastage footprint

This is an animated video about the extent of global food wastage, its short- and long-term effects and how it can be minimised. Stating that about one-third of the food produced in the world each year is lost or wasted, the video uses concrete examples to show what this means in terms of land area, water, natural habitats, ...

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Using the food we don't eat

In Australia there has been an increasing trend of throwing out food, even though some people don't have enough of it. What can be done to connect those who need food support with organisations that commonly dispose of food that is still edible? Find out in this clip.

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Green packaging lesson

This lesson plan engages students in finding ways to reduce plastic waste in food packaging. Students investigate problems created by plastic waste then observe ways these issues are being addressed. They design new packaging for food items that currently produce excessive waste then test their designs objectively. The ...

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Sustainable table: the coming famine

This is a website about the key issues related to global food insecurity. It contains sections on the scarcity of primary resources; land degradation; land scarcity; waste; climate change; consequences of inaction; and proposed solutions. Photographs, statistics, graphs, maps and figures support the information. This resource ...

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Recycling e-waste to raise money for food charities

We all know recycling is a great way to reduce waste going into landfills, but there can be other benefits too. Some social entrepreneurs are recycling e-waste, not only to keep them from going into landfills, but also to generate revenue to help fund food charities. Craig Reucassel mentions how using technology for longer ...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

This learning sequence examines the waste management strategies of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

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Trash to treasure with Joost the waste-buster

Joost Bakker is committed to eliminating waste. Watch this clip to find out about some of Joost's projects, like his recyclable houses and pop-up cafes, and hear his big plans for safeguarding our future. How does he aim to close the loop?

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When a landfill site is full, what then?

Find out about some of the problems and solutions related to managing waste in a local area when the landfill site is full. View this clip called 'Filled to the brim', created by young reporters from Presbyterian Ladies College in Armidale, New South Wales. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making ...

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Recycling household items

Discover why plastic is harmful to our environment and how recycling helps to reduce its impact. Listen to Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark, discuss the problem of plastic. Watch as a bag of household items are sorted to identify what can be recycled.

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Solving the problem of e-waste

Australians are quick to embrace new technology. However, the rapid rate of technological change has meant that Australia is one of the world's largest producers of electronic waste, or 'e-waste'. This clip from 2013 looks at how various community groups are working together to find a solution to this growing problem.

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How to create a robot from recycled parts

Have you ever wanted to try your hands at robotics but thought it might be too costly? Never fear - you can create robots out of recycled materials! Find out what kind of materials you might need to create a robot capable of movement and speech. Do you think you will be able to find these materials in recycling centres? ...

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Reducing landfill waste

Australians produce large volumes of waste and much of it goes to landfill, the oldest form of waste management. South Australia introduced a waste levy in an effort to manage landfill waste. Watch this clip to find out the effect of this levy on waste disposal and on a local landfill site.

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Reducing plastic bag use

Boomerang Bags came about when a group of people in a small community decided to do something to reduce plastic bag usage. How are they doing this? Have you ever recycled or re-used existing things and objects to create something new? See if you can find unwanted and discarded items and create something useful out of them!

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Coal-waste conflict

Watch this confrontation between a conservationist group and a coal-mining executive in 1973. The coal mine in Coalcliff was given the all-clear from the State Planning Authority to dump coal-mining waste on the Illawarra escarpment. This happened before a planned official inquiry into the issue.

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Shining the light on a more sustainable globe

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 ...

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What on earth is vermicast?

Do you know what vermicast is? It's worm manure! Worms produce vermicast after they've gobbled up our organic waste! Worms help to convert waste material that would otherwise go to landfill, into good, healthy soil. What are the benefits of this?