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Balloon car challenge

In this practical activity, students design and build a balloon-powered car and race it to better understand the ideas related to rocket propulsion. The resource includes a step-by-step teacher guide and student worksheets.

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Kites

In this practical activity, students will learn about types of kites, some kite history and how kites fly before making and flying a kite themselves. The activity includes a teacher guide and student worksheet.

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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 ...

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Sun's energy

What is the relationship between mass and energy? Dr Derek Muller uses the sun as an example to explain Einstein's famous formula, E=mc2.

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Make it move: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, students explore ways objects move. They observe and compare the movements of various objects that they interact with when playing.

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Classroom Antarctica: breaking the ice

In this learning sequence students investigate the concept of force, simply described as a push or a pull. They find out how forces can change the shape or movement of an object and explore deformation: breaking, bending and how different materials react under different forces. Students plan and conduct a simple experiment ...

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The physics of a slinky drop

Imagine holding a slinky by the top end, with the bottom end dangling in mid-air. What do you think would happen when you let it go? Explore the physics of two equal and opposing forces working on an object in this awesome experiment!

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Can photons and atoms generate laser?

Electrons around atoms can absorb and emit photons of particular colours of light – see three different atomic models explain what's going on.

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Energy skate park

This is an interactive resource about the potential and kinetic energy changes as a skater rolls around a skate park. Students learn about conservation of energy with a skater, they can build tracks, ramps and jumps for the skater and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as he moves. Students can also ...

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Effects of g-force on the human body

Peter Rowsthorn visits the Australian International Air Show to answer the question, 'What effect does g-force have on the human body?' Join Pete in the cockpit of a light plane for some aerobatics with pilot David Pilkington. G-force expert Dr David Newman explains the science as Pete endures up to 6 g in the aircraft.

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Balanced Forces

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that balanced forces produce no change in the movement of an object. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Pivots and Levers

Students use this resource consisting of seven slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that forces can cause objects to turn about a pivot and that the turning effect of a lever depends on the force and its distance from the pivot. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Gravity and the Solar System

Students use this resource consisting of seven slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how the movement of planets around the sun is related to gravitational forces. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Magnetic Fields

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that a magnetic field is a region of space where magnetic materials experience forces and learn that magnetic field line patterns show the relative strength of magnetic fields. There is a two-question quiz ...

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Factors that Affect Braking Distance

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that the braking distance of a car depends on its speed and other factors which affect the frictional forces needed to stop the car. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Uses of Satellites

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand some uses of artificial satellites including geostationary satellites. Uses identified include telecommunications, weather forecasting and spying. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Useful Friction

Students use this resource consisting of six slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how friction is needed in movement and braking. The fact that friction produces heat and causes wear is also mentioned. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Clockwise and Anticlockwise Moments

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that a moment is a turning force, which can be clockwise or anticlockwise. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Particle physics masterclass

This resource is aimed at students who can be extended beyond the NSW Stage 6 Physics syllabus. It allows students to explore the workings of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, learn key terms and concepts around particle physics, complete tasks that ...

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experiMENTALS: Straw propeller

This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of creating a propeller using two bendy straws and a pair of scissors. A simple demonstration of one of Newton's Laws.