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Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1989

This clip looks at the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, which remains one of the greatest engineering feats in the world today. The clip is an excerpt from the documentary 'The Snowy: a dream of growing up', a Film Australia National Interest Program produced in 1989 in association with the Australian Broadcasting ...

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Cows, crops and bulbous lumps

How do you convince people that studying agriculture was the highlight of your school career? Good writers will consciously shape their text to suit their audience and purpose. Listen to Alexandra Neill's Heywire audio story to explore her successful range of strategies. Could you write or record a story about yourself ...

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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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Understanding the causes of climate change

Did you know that climate change is not a recent phenomenon? In the past, natural events led to changes in the climate. Although natural events still affect climate, they're not enough to explain the big changes we've been seeing in the last 150 years. What changes on earth can account for such dramatic changes to our climate? ...

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Day and night

In this lesson, you will use a model to learn how night and day occur. Diana will also teach you how the Earth rotates and revolves in space, and then she’ll show you how to make your own model to answer the question: “How do day and night occur?”

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Birian Balunah: the birthing of the rivers

Paula Nihot shares a story told to her by Yugambeh Elder Patricia O’Connor. It's the story of Wanungara, queen of the mountains, and her daughters Princess Toolona and Princess Caningera, and how their complicated relationships and choices explain the geography of the region.

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Particle expansion

In this lesson, you will learn about how particles behave when they are exposed to higher temperatures. Diana will conduct experiments to show you how a gas, liquid and solid behave differently when they are heated.

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Australian children during World War II

What was life like for Australian children during World War II? From 1939 to 1945 Australia was at war. After Japan entered the war in 1941, this conflict became a total war, which affected almost everyone and almost every aspect of life in Australia. Listen to two people who lived through this time sharing their memories ...

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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Science Years 5–6 with Mrs Carmeli: The Material World – How to make Slime

In this lesson, you will learn what happens when we combine different materials to make a new mixture or substance. Mrs Carmeli will show you some simple investigations, using different household ingredients, to determine which materials are best for making slime.

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Writing wild places

How do you write about a place that is disobedient?' Four of Britain's prominent writers consider the emotions that wild places evoke. In this clip, Robert Macfarlane, Simon Armitage, Sara Maitland and Owen Sheers consider the qualities of wildness: silence; escape; beauty; threat; and a sense of being both lost and found.

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Children's voices and rights

Dujuan Hoosan is a 10-year-old Arrernte and Garrwa boy. He grew up at Sandy Bore outstation and Hidden Valley town camp in Alice Springs. Dujuan is an Angangkere, which means he's a traditional healer, a role that was passed on to him from his Country and great-grandfather. Dujuan is the star of In My Blood It Runs, which ...

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Living without alcohol

Do you think Australian society is partly defined by its attitude to alcohol consumption? 'High Sobriety' tells the story of journalist Jill Stark's experiences after her decision to stop drinking. Watch First Tuesday Book Club panellists discuss aspects of this account of sobriety and the effect it's had on them.

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Science Years 5–6 with Mrs Carmeli: The Living World – Adaptation

In this lesson, you will learn how living things use structural and behavioural adaptation to ensure their survival. Mrs Carmeli will show you how to understand bird beak adaptations by conducting some investigations at home, and how to record your study using a data table.

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Fractions in the real world

How many quarters make up a whole? Watch this video to find out how else you can represent 2/4 and how to add up quarters to make a whole.

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Classification and constructing dichotomous keys

In this lesson, you will learn how and why scientists organise living and non-living things in a logical order. Diana will show you how to construct a dichotomous key for classification, and she’ll give you a chance to try it yourself at home.

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Termites: destroyers or recyclers?

Be amazed by what these young scientists find out about termites. Discover where termites live and what they eat. You may be surprised to find out that they are not actually ants, and that they are blind! This video was a finalist in the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science School Prize competition.

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Burringurrah: the boy who ran from initiation

Charlie Snowball tells the story of Burringurrah, a landform named after a boy who ran away from tribal initiation. Also known as Mount Augustus, Burringurrah in Western Australia is often claimed to be the world’s largest rock. What other significant rock features is Australia known for?

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Why is citizenship important?

What makes an Aussie an Aussie? Is it loving Vegemite, playing cricket or maybe wrestling crocodiles? Find out about Australian citizenship and the ways someone can become a citizen of a country. What rights does citizenship afford you in Australia?

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Using and understanding words in context

Have you ever noticed that certain words are relevant to particular topics or contexts? View this clip to find out ten words associated with shearing and the sheep industry.