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Skateboard race [Windows version]

Help a teenager to fit new wheels for his skateboard. Test the strength and hardness of materials such as glass, aluminium and polyurethane. Choose the most suitable material.

Interactive resource

Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.

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Types of matter: particles

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that what they consist of can be seen. Find whether each substance has particles. For example, discover whether water contains particles. This learning object is the first in a series of six objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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Types of matter: elements and compounds

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged. Classify the substances as elements or compounds. For example, classify mercury as an element, and aspirin as a compound. ...

Assessment resource

Metal munchers: assessment

Assess your ability to make predictions and explain your observations. Protect a spaceship from metal-munching aliens by identifying metals to feed to them. Perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. For example, test whether wool will conduct electricity. Explain which tests are most useful ...

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Electrolytic cells: aluminium extraction

Explore the production of aluminium, its uses and its waste products. Find out why aluminium ore must be purified before electrolysis, and why electrolytic cells for extracting aluminium are designed the way they are. Look closely at the cell and observe the reactions at the anode and cathode at both the physical level ...

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Types of matter: particles [ESL]

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Find whether each substance has particles. For example, discover whether water, aluminium, argon, diamond and other substances contain particles. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Interactive resource

Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases [ESL]

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

Teacher resource

Using 'Metal munchers: assessment' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes video footage showing how a teacher uses the interactive assessment object L7557 'Metal munchers: assessment' to test year 5-6 students' understanding of the properties of metals. It describes and provides access to the interactive digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant ...

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Sealing milk bottles

This is a 1945 photograph of a semi-automatic machine sealing milk bottles with aluminium caps. A man is removing the capped bottles. Behind him are tracks, along which crates can be pushed. The man wears a short-sleeved, protective overall jacket over a collar and tie, and a hat.

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Weipa bauxite survey, 1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men at a bore discharging water into a small pond, during the bauxite exploratory survey at Weipa, on the western coast of Cape York, Queensland, in 1958. The bore and pond are in a clearing surrounded by bush.

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Gove alumina refinery, 1971

This is a colour photograph, taken from the air, of the Gove alumina refinery in the Northern Territory in 1971. It shows part of the refinery, with a mixture of tanks and steel structures, and with the ocean in the background.

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Aluminium ingots, 1970

This is a colour photograph, taken in 1970, of a worker using a front-end loader to stack aluminium ingots.

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Hunter's Hill aluminium drive, c1939-45

This is a black-and-white poster produced by Hunter's Hill, a municipality in Sydney, New South Wales, advertising a collection of scrap aluminium (such as pots and pans) for the purpose of creating bomber planes during the Second World War. Next to a drawing of a Wirraway aircraft, large print announces: 'Aluminium Drive', ...

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Armchair by Marcel Breuer, 1932-34

This is an armchair designed in aluminium, wood and fabric by Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer in 1932-34. The chair's frame, which forms the back and cantilevered seat, has been shaped from one continuous band of cast aluminium. The back and seat are covered by a thin foam pad upholstered in a blue woollen material. ...

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'Australia's land of tomorrow', 1962 - asset 9

This is an excerpt from a 48-minute colour documentary produced for the Australian Inland Mission and released in 1962. The excerpt begins with a scene of the camp established at Weipa, north Queensland by the Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation (Comalco). An aerial view follows, showing the camp's new air strip, and the ...

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'Australia's land of tomorrow', 1962 - asset 10

This is an excerpt from a 48-minute colour documentary produced for the Australian Inland Mission and released in 1962. The excerpt opens with images of bauxite ore as seen in an inspection trench at Weipa, north Queensland while the commentary explains that the ore extends 40 miles (64.5 km) inland. The second part of ...

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'Australia's land of tomorrow', 1962 - asset 11

This is an excerpt from a 48-minute colour documentary produced for the Australian Inland Mission and released in 1962. The excerpt shows experts examining trays of bauxite ore samples from Weipa in northern Queensland before they are bagged to be sent away for further analysis. The clip concludes with aerial views of the ...

Teacher resource

Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Metal munchers: assessment' (L7557). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student input related to performing tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. ...