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Simple machines - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how students draw on day-to-day experiences with familiar machines as an introduction to forces and friction. Students investigate concepts including mechanical advantage, levers, inclined planes, wheel-and-axles and gears and apply this knowledge to design a machine. It includes a unit of work ...

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Air compressor, c1926

This is an electrically powered horizontal air compressor at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

Teacher resource

Wild ride: get a grip: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Wild ride: get a grip: assessment' (L7969). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on anticipated student responses, ...

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Boulton and Watt steam engine, 1785

This is a Boulton and Watt steam engine, a double-acting beam type made of cast and wrought iron. It was made by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, England, in 1785. It was used at Whitbread's Brewery in London between 1785 and 1887.

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Steam pumping engine, 1914

This is a steam-powered pumping engine at Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Centrifugal pump motor - MMBW Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, 1938

This is an electric pump motor made by the British General Electric Company, serial no. C20628, 400 horsepower, 440 volt. It is 1720 mm high, 1355 mm long and 1153 mm wide. This equipment forms part of the Spotswood Pumping Station Collection at Museum Victoria.

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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Reducing motoring emissions

Many businesses need to transport goods or people on a daily basis. Vehicles cause pollution and too many vehicles can result in road congestion. This audio clip describes environmentally friendly modes of transport. Explore the options with Catapult reporter Dominic Jarvis, then decide which might be best for different ...

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Wheely good wheels

Wheels are round and come in many sizes, but how does a wheel turn? In this clip we show you how a wheel and axle work together to provide movement.

Interactive resource

Moving Machines

This learning object provides simple animations that illustrate how gears work; the bicycle is chosen as an example for further study. The topic concludes with a self test and a tool for developing ideas for further research. Two pdf files, ‘The cost of getting around’ and ‘The story behind the bicycle’ may be downloaded. ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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British migrant at work, 1960

This is a black-and-white photograph from 1960 showing a young migrant from Birmingham in England working with large machinery. The photograph shows him working an electrical switch box with one hand as he leans over a drive shaft. He is observing the operations of a sizeable machine that has a giant gear wheel extending ...

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'Sergeants Freehold Quartz Gold Mining Company's claim, Redan, Ballarat', 1881

This is a pen, ink and watercolour drawing, measuring 43.5 cm x 55 cm, of Sergeants Freehold Quartz Gold Mining Company's claim at Redan, Ballarat. It was drawn in 1881 by T G Moyle, a gold fields artist working in the 1880s and 1890s. Extensive mine buildings are spread over a wide area, but dwarfed by a huge pile of quartz. ...

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Orbital combustion process engine - asset 1

This is a diagram of an orbital combustion process (OCP) engine. The black line drawing on a light green background depicts a cross-section of an OCP XIHB engine, with its distinctive features labelled, such as an 'Integrated regulator' and 'Fast light off oxidation catalyst'.

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Orbital combustion process engine - asset 2

This is a colour photograph of an orbital combustion process (OCP) engine. The engine is seen against a black background. It has a black rubber drive-belt and metal parts and casing. The engine looks unused, with shiny metal pipes and casings, blue spark plug wires and red plastic factory seals in place.

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1933 Ford 40 cutaway showing engine

This is a cutaway Ford 40 motor car that measures 4.25 m x 2.56 m x 1.35 m. The cutaway is designed to show the way in which the different parts of the engine work together. The photograph shows the vehicle's maroon, rail-type chassis, gearbox, gear lever, tail shaft, dashboard, steering column (left-hand drive), axles ...

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Early scenes of Canberra, c1926 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a reel of original, unedited black-and-white silent footage of early Canberra, shot in about 1926, compiled at the National Library of Australia. It is part of an extensive film and photographic record of the building of Canberra that was commissioned by the Australian Government of the time. It ...

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Steam wagon made by Aveling and Porter, 1920

This is an overtype steam wagon, manufactured from timber and steel by Aveling and Porter in 1920. The side of the wagon reads: 'MUNICIPALITY OF ROCKDALE'. The wagon has a traction-engine locomotive-type boiler with the cylinders and valve gear mounted on top of the boiler. The rear wheels are perforated and staked (the ...

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Steam road-roller made by Aveling and Porter, 1922-23

This is a Type D steam road-roller, manufactured from metal by Aveling and Porter in 1922-23. It is similar in appearance to a traction engine, but instead of two front wheels it has two wide rollers set closely together. The two rear wheels have broad flat tyres and act as rear rollers. It features a side-by-side compound ...

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Heat pump hot water system, 2001

This is a 'Turbo Compact Eyre, 270 litre' heat pump hot water system manufactured in 2001 by Quantum Energy, Australia. The tank has a cross-section cut out of it by the manufacturer to show its internal workings while on display at an exhibition. The unit is made from steel, glass, aluminium, copper, plastic and polyurethane ...