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Low-emission fossil fuel technologies

Find out how carbon emissions from power generation can be reduced. This is a PowerPoint presentation that deals with the contribution carbon capture and storage can make towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It explains the carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect. Techniques of carbon capture are described and their ...

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Rehabilitation of a mine site

Find out how the landscape is repaired after open-cut mining. This is a PowerPoint presentation showing rehabilitation work carried out at the Ensham open-cut coal mine in central Queensland. The slides are predominantly pictorial and illustrate the processes of planning, removal and stockpiling of overburden, mining, surface ...

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Impacts of mining

Identify how mines affect the environment and investigate ways of reducing the effects. This student worksheet comprises a diagram showing activities at a mine site and a table to be completed by the student. Students use the table to summarise environmental effects of the mine and the actions taken at the site to reduce ...

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Energy efficiency in homes

Find out how to save energy at home and reduce your carbon footprint. This fact sheet describes strategies that can be used in the home to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Solvent extraction of copper

Carry out an experimental investigation like those used in industrial laboratories. This is a fact sheet giving information and instructions for an experiment investigating the recovery of copper metal from ore using solvent extraction. It includes background information on the industrial process and chemistry involved, ...

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Metal reactivity

Identify metals based on their reactivity with metal ions in solution. This is an activity sheet providing instructions for an experiment based on the 'Metal reactivity' series. It includes a blank data table and a photograph of the experimental set-up.

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Floating froth

Find out how to use froth to separate minerals from unwanted rock. This is an activity sheet giving instructions for a simple experiment that demonstrates how froth flotation works. It includes a blank data table.

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Renewable sources of energy

This is a worksheet consisting of a blank data table designed for students to record information resulting from their research into renewable energy resources. It specifies the types of energy resources to be investigated and suggests topics for research focus.

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Future energy options: reduce, reuse, recycle

This is a worksheet designed to help students research ways of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It recommends a number of websites and provides data tables and focus questions, as well as tasks to direct the research.

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How Global Positioning System (GPS) works

This teaching resource outlines an activity for students to use trilateration to mark and locate a position. Students use string and three stationary objects to mark a point, then move the string, and other students relocate the point. This activity models how three circles with different centres can only intersect at one ...

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Draw an egg

This teaching resource outlines an activity for students to draw an egg shape by hand, using a method that combines three ellipses. The resource outlines the materials required, provides instructions for drawing the curve, describes how the shape is composed of ellipses, and introduces some places where the egg shape is ...

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Giant hole: climb through a hole in a sheet of paper

This teaching resource outlines an activity for students to explore the relationship between the area and perimeter of a shape, by using a series of cuts in a piece of paper to create a hole large enough to step through. The resource includes detailed instructions for creating the cuts in the paper, an explanation of how ...

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Imperial pie

This activity involves making a cake using a recipe in which the quantities of the ingredients required are measured using a variety of imperial units. To complete the recipe, students need to convert the imperial units to metric units in order to be able to use their metric measuring instruments. The activity serves to ...

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Tessellating tiles

In this teaching resource students learn how to construct shapes that will tessellate (or tile) a plane area. Starting with a regular shape known to tessellate (square, equilateral triangle, hexagon), students apply geometrical transformations to the sides of the shape to create new shapes that tessellate. There are links ...

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Thumb wrestling tournament

In this introductory activity students use a simple thumb-wrestling tournament to analyse a series of matches in which there can only be one victor. Students work in small groups to explore different ways of mapping out the events of a tournament, introducing the concept of constructing sample spaces and tree diagrams as ...

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Eye colour survey

This unit of work asks students to conduct a survey of eye colour within their class. They can use digital technology to construct appropriate graphs and access Australian Bureau of Statistic's CensusAtSchool data to make comparisons with other communities. The resource includes a student worksheet, teacher solutions and ...

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Does your rock and roll still rock?

This unit of work asks students to survey preferred music styles within their class. Students are encouraged to use digital technology to analyse the collected data and construct appropriate graphs. Access to Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool data allows classroom data to be supplemented and compared with other ...

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Could the footprint belong to the person in the image?

This unit of work asks students to investigate the relationships between height and belly button height, and height and foot length. Statistical analysis of data accessed from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' CensusAtSchools website allows relationships to be investigated, interpreted and applied to solve a problem. ...

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What is 'typical'?

Students are asked to choose samples to check the accuracy of claims in a statistical report about 'typical' year 8 students. Samples include the students' classroom and ABS CensusAtSchools data. This unit of work supports the use of a spreadsheet to analyse a variety of continuous and categorical data. The resource includes ...

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Mirror, mirror ... who is the sleepiest of them all?

This unit of work asks students to investigate the average sleep times of students of different ages and genders and to make comparisons with the hours slept by children in 19th-century England. The investigation requires students to use classroom data, access Australian Bureau of Statistics' CensusAtSchools data and extract ...