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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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Is bamboo clothing really eco-friendly?

Bamboo is an increasingly popular choice as a clothing fabric, but is it really as eco-friendly as they say? Discover raw bamboo's natural characteristics and properties and find out why it's admired as a processed fibre. Then see what research reveals about the way it's processed.

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Victorian Heritage Database

This is a rich, interactive resource that lists Victoria’s most significant heritage: places, objects, shipwrecks and archaeological sites. It has four main sections: Introduction; Explore heritage map; Recommended tours; and Timeline browser. The Explore heritage map searches for sites and provides information and images ...

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Emergence of a dance

Do you always know how something will turn out before you begin? In creating the dance work 'Emergence' for the Sydney Dance Company, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and designer Benjamin Cisterne didn't. From interesting images they collected and discussed, both the dance and the design emerged. Bonachela created movement ...

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What is Hovermap?

Hovermap is a self-contained unit that can be mounted on top of a drone to map 3D spaces and objects from above, below and all around simultaneously. What are some of the benefits of having an unmanned robot do this kind of work? Can you think of some of the applications for this technology?

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Rectangular stadium

Engineers and designers work with emerging technologies and innovations to improve on existing processes and workflows, and ultimately build better structures. Watch this ABC Catalyst video to examine how structural engineers have employed new technologies to build the roof of the new stadium in Melbourne.

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Digital Careers: Games designer and developer

Have you ever wanted to make a computer game? That's Kevin Chan's job. Kevin works at Robot Circus designing and developing computer games and apps. You can play one of Kevin's awesome award-winning games, QED, right here on ABC Splash! This video was produced to coincide with the 2014 Hour of Code event organised by code.org .

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Thoughtful design

Meet Hugo's nan, who gets around in a wheelchair. See how her house is designed for a person in a wheelchair. Watch for things that suit her needs.

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What house is that?

This is an interactive streetscape of nine houses, each from a different era and of different styles. They represent the nine main housing styles in Victoria. Information about each of the houses includes: features and style; the Architect; designers; historical observations; house owners; and general social history of ...

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Not your usual kind of home

Imagine living in a dome-shaped house! Watch an interview with some people who left city life behind and built a community in the forest, using local materials and creating less-common structures such as dome houses. Find out how the community worked together to build these environmentally friendly homes, and wander through ...

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REV up electric cars

Imagine driving from Perth to Melbourne in an electric car! But what if there are no charging stations available or the batteries run down while you're driving? The REV project (2013) explored plug-in electric cars and how viable they are for future transport. Find out some of their pros and cons.

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Getting satellite design right

Is it a good idea to build a complex and expensive machine without carefully checking the design first? This animated clip describes some of the steps NASA took during the design review process for the development of a new satellite. Can you think of any other steps in design reviews?

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Dyeing to bring new life to old fabric

Kate Fletcher works with used clothing and fabrics to create sustainable clothes. She cares about how things are made. She also loves to help people find their own individual style, a style not based on fashion. Have a look at some of her designs.

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It's not a square house

In this interview people talk about how they worked together as part of a community to build their unconventional houses. They describe the influence of Buckminster Fuller, and how they shared ideas and experimented with local building materials. See how they achieved their aim to be self-sufficient and sustainable.

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Gamma rays and space balloons

Have you ever wondered how scientists know so much about the universe when it's too far away to see and no one has ever been there? It's not just by using telescopes based on Earth. Watch as an international team of astrophysicists and engineers attempt to launch a balloon high into the atmosphere, loaded with expensive ...

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Kid architects and sustainable design

Take a look at some of the world's most amazing buildings that have been designed for many different purposes. Today, architects have to consider much more than what a building is used for and how it will look. See how young designers plan to reduce water usage in schools and homes.

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Telerobots, we need you

Telerobots are semi-autonomous robots that are controlled from a distance. See telerobotic vehicles used in mining, agriculture and other workplaces where machines are used to take people out of the danger zone. Find out how the robots are controlled using communications technology.

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Heritage Council Victoria: resources for teachers and students

This is a collection of resources exploring Victoria’s history and heritage. There are four main sections. The Victoria's Framework of Historical Themes section includes a downloadable teacher guide and lesson starters, it is organised in historical themes. The Vic-Heritage App section provides search functionality to find ...

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Design

Design plays a fundamental role in everyday life by taking ideas and translating them into physical form. Objects that are consumed, used or interacted with have all been through a design process in one way or another. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website examines the concept of design through a series of iconic and ...