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Bringing Engineering to Life: STEM careers

This is a unit of work on engineering, the range of possible occupations in engineering and the future and ethics of engineering. The resource includes: An introduction with teacher notes, student tasks, embedded videos and links to additional resources. The resource aims that students learn broadly about engineering and ...

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Engineering clean rivers

Figuring out how to clean up contaminated rivers is a big challenge. It's also tricky to work out where the most contaminated parts of a river system are and whether its fish are safe to eat. Watch this video and learn how engineering has helped to solve these problems. Why do you think engineers looked to the bottom of ...

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Keeping it cool

How do you prevent a spacecraft designed to orbit the sun from getting too hot? This engineering challenge invites students to design, make and test a capsule to stop chocolate from melting in a high temperature environment.

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Perfect pylons

In this engineering challenge, students are asked to apply their knowledge of materials, forces and structures, build model electrical pylons and test to see how strong their models are.

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10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton medal

Medal, 10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton, bronze, engraved by F Pidgeon, made at Soho Mint, Birmingham, England, 1819 Round bronze medal commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Matthew Boulton. The obverse has a central effigy of the head and shoulders of Matthew Boulton in 18th century dress with ...

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Adaptive device design

This activity explores the engineering process behind the development of adaptive devices that serve to help individuals with a wide range of physical challenges adapt to the world and participate fully in society. Students learn about the engineering process to solve problems, and work in teams to improve the design of ...

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All about engines

What does 'horsepower' really mean? And how do engines work? Join Luke and Abhi from MIT to find out! As Abhi explains, engines produce power by forcing a mixture of fuel and air into a tight space and then burning it. Piston engines and turbine engines do this in similar, yet different ways. After watching this video, ...

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Investigating technologies in agriculture: producer video

This is a video about how facial tissues, kitchen towels and toilet paper are made at Kimberley-Clark's South Australian mill. Mill Manager Scott Wicker describes how the mill takes base wood pulp and turns it into finished products. He outlines the differences between long and short wood pulp fibres and where they are ...

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How do solar panels work?

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy. This TedEd animation (4:58 ...

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Working as an automotive engineer

As an automotive engineer, Peter Whitlock combines time at his desk with time behind the wheel. He's responsible for the development and testing of the automatic transmission systems in cars. What are some of the day-to-day tasks Peter performs? Why are they important?

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Melbourne Recital Centre

This 6 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how understanding the properties of sound and modelling has been successfully applied to create the ideal space for recitals.

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How to fly around the world without fuel

Imagine if we could fly day and night using only solar energy. The expertly engineered Solar Impulse plane is flying around the world delivering a powerful message: clean technologies can achieve the seemingly impossible. Powered by a dream, determination and breakthrough engineering, this flying adventure aims to inspire ...

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Spark: a better way to predict the spread of bushfires

In recent years, new technologies have helped us respond to natural disasters more quickly by providing up-to-date information as it becomes available. What if we could take this one step further with new technologies that can also predict disasters? Learn how Spark, which uses our existing knowledge of bushfire behaviours ...

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Know your robotics materials

Sean, a robotics mentor for FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under', worked on the robot's intake system which allows it to take in the 'boulder', or the ball, so it can then shoot into the high goal or the low goal. What were some of the challenges he faced in designing and building this feature?

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Science Talk 2007: Jack Bacon

An interview with Dr Jack Bacon, NASA engineer and futurist. Jack talks to a teacher from Sydney Girls High School about his experiences on the Vomit comet and his research into alternative energy sources. Jack also shares with us his predictions for the future of science, space travel and energy sources.

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What makes these paper planes fly?

Have you ever wondered what makes a paper plane fly? Think about the design of the paper plane as well as external factors like the various forces that are at play, then make a list of the design considerations and a list of the different forces.

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Design a bridge

Do you know what civil engineers do? They design and build structures for our built environments - including bridges. Watch this video to find out what civil engineers must take into consideration when building bridges.

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Benefits of teamwork in robotics

It takes team work to build robots! Oliver talks about how he didn't know too much about building robots when he first joined  3132 'Thunder Down Under', but by being in a team with others learned a lot of skills. He also talks about sharing ideas, and how valuable it is to make and learn from mistakes with others. Why ...

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What is computer aided design?

Ever heard of computer aided design (CAD)? Evan from FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under' explains what CAD is and how it helps his team to design their robot. Why do you think CAD might be important in engineering?

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How the Rubber Meets the Road

Lesson focuses on how engineers design tyre treads to increase safety and reliability. Students are presented with the challenge of designing a new tyre tread that will be safe when driving in rainy conditions. Student teams will design and construct a sample tread out of clay, then test and evaluate the effectiveness of ...