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Orienteering: using a map and compass

Orienteering requires knowledge of directions, an ability to read a map and the use of a magnetic compass. Find out about the basics of orienteering.

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Compass used by Andrew Keith Jack in Antarctica, 1914-17

This compass was used by Andrew Keith Jack, an Australian member of the Ross Sea Party, on sledging journeys during the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17.

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Sextant - Troughton, c1820

This is a brass pillar-frame sextant with inset silver/platinum scale, made by Troughton of London, circa 1820, with serial number 940. The sextant is housed in a fitted wooden box and has two interchangeable eyepieces and two sets of coloured filters. It is graduated to 145 degrees. Its arm has a silver vernier and a microscope. ...

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From here to there - teacher resource

This teacher resource describes how students can use problem-solving skills as they give and follow directions to familiar or unfamiliar places using the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie.

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Nordenskjöld, Antarctica and two long winters

Early in the 1900s, several long expeditions set out to delve into the mysteries of Antarctica. One of them made some remarkable scientific discoveries about life that existed long ago on the continent. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. This 1901-1903 Swedish expedition was plagued with problems. Watch this clip to find out more.

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Drawing a floor plan

How do we know what a house will look like before it is built? Discover how house plans work by looking at the design of a house that Hugo's family is going to build. See how a floor plan shows the room layout. See drawings of what the house will look like from different views.

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Plotting a Magnetic Field

Students use this resource consisting of seven slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how to plot the magnetic field around a bar magnet using a plotting compass. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Memories of Antarctic expeditions (1954 and 1961)

Listen as scientist Dr Phillip Law recounts his experiences of expeditions to Antarctica. See historic footage of travelling through pack ice. The clip features the Kista Dan (1954 expedition) and the Magga Dan (1961 expedition). The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific ...

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Treasure hunt

Can you read a map and follow directions? Well if you can chances are you can help us find the buried treasure. You'll need to know right from left, east from west, clockwise from anti-clockwise and over from under. Got all that? See you at Buccaneer's Refuge 'me hearties, arrgh'. Remember X marks the spot!

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 2 [Japanese] [Windows version]

Use and recognise complex words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose complex words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by a Japanese friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in Japan. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. ...

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Sea rescue: plotting the course

Help a rescue crew to reach a sinking boat. Make a chart to guide the crew. Check the meaning of symbols, place them on a map and complete a key. Mark danger spots such as an oyster bed and submerged rock. Use the map to steer a safe course.

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 1 [French]

Use and recognise words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by a French friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in France. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. This learning ...

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 2 [French]

Use and recognise complex words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose complex words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by a French friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in France. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. ...

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Kite kit: flying [French]

Choose a kite to fly. Fly your kite in a range of places in France. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 1 [German]

Use and recognise words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by a German friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in Germany. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. This learning ...

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 2 [German]

Use and recognise complex words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose complex words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by a German friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in Germany. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. ...

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Kite kit: flying [German]

Choose a kite to fly. Fly your kite in a range of places in Germany. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 1 [Italian]

Use and recognise words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by an Italian friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in Italy. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. This learning ...

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Kite kit: colour, shape and design: level 2 [Italian]

Use and recognise complex words describing colour, size, shape and cultural images. Choose complex words to complete instructions for making a kite. Build another kite by following instructions given by an Italian friend. Fly your kites in a range of places in Italy. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. ...

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Kite kit: flying [Italian]

Choose a kite to fly. Fly your kite in a range of places in Italy. Adjust compass directions, wind speed and flying height. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.