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Modelling the Seasons

This resource provides a scaffold for students to undertake a simple experiment. Students use a world globe and a heat lamp to investigate how the tilt of the Earth’s axis causes the seasons.

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The physics of invisibility cloaks

Could an invisibility cloak actually work? Prashanth and Maria from MIT explore this idea and demonstrate the cool ways that light bounces, bends and mixes. How do the wings of the Morpho Butterfly give clues about how an invisibility cloak could work? How would light need to be channelled in order for something to seem invisible?

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Different types of telescopes

You can find both refracting and reflecting telescopes at Sydney Observatory. How are they different in the way they work and look? What can you find in nature that is like a telescope? Which type of telescope is it like?

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Elliot and the Surfing Scientist: Using a lens to bend light

How can a water-filled plastic straw be used to decode a secret message? Watch as the Surfing Scientist demonstrates how lenses with a curved surface do curious things to light.

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Light takes time to travel through space

Light travels in waves and carries information as it moves from one object to another. In this clip, people are used to represent the Sun, planets and light rays in order to show that light takes time to travel through space bringing information from those objects to us on Earth. Discover that by the time we receive this ...

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Photosynthesis

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that plants make food by photosynthesis and the word equation that represents it. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Photonic Chip

This 12 minute video segment from Catalyst explains why photonics promises to remove bottlenecks and speed up the entire Internet by sending information with light rather than tardy little electrons. An excellent source of information on the current science for students of information systems.

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The Role of the Leaf in Photosynthesis

Students use this resource consisting of nine slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the structures of the leaf and its cells that facilitate photosynthesis. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Mirrors Simulation (sk-Intel)

Students explore the reflection of light by plane mirrors and operate a simple periscope using ray diagrams.

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Lens Simulation (sk- Intel)

Students learn about the application of light refraction by completing a series of tasks based on light refraction using both concave and convex lenses.

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Refraction

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand refraction of light and know some examples. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Rate of Photosynthesis

Students use this resource consisting of eight slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how to measure the rate of photosynthesis and understand what factors affect it. A detailed method is suggested for measuring the effect of varying levels of light. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Bending light

This is an interactive resource about refraction. Students explore bending of light between two media with different indices of refraction. They can see how changing from air to water to glass changes the bending angle and experiment with prisms of different shapes and make rainbows. This interactive resource is supported ...

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Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' 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 facilitate the procedures ...

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Discovering democracy: parliament versus monarch

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the tension between parliament and the monarch in Britain in the 17th century. See how that led to a lessening of the powers of the British monarchy. Learn about constitutional monarchy in Britain and Australia today. Complete a related task.

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Discovering democracy: making a nation

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the similarities and differences between the political systems of Australia and the United States of America. Complete a related task.

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Fair test

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of lettuces, peas and tomatoes. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and ...