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Kids on the Move - Public Transport

Module 4 is one of a series of modules on a web page. It is a sequence of learning focuses on public transport safety for middle primary students in Victoria. Students investigate the environmental and health benefits from using public transport, plan a journey using their local public transport and explore safety issues. ...

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Sydney trolley bus number 1, 1933-56

This is a trolley bus that was made in the UK in 1933, and was the first to operate in Sydney. It looks like an ordinary motor bus on rubber wheels except that, like a tram, it once operated on electricity and was connected to overhead wires by the pair of trolley poles on the roof. There is a yellow number '1' on the front. ...

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Cable-trailing tramcar, 1894

This is a 16-passenger cable-trailing tramcar that once ran from King Street Wharf to Ocean Street in Sydney. It is painted a deep rich brown, and the exterior is decorated with gold and cream trimmings. The seats are varnished timber. The six windows open inwards and are covered with pulled-down roller blinds. There are ...

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Leyland double-decker bus, 1951

This a double-decker Leyland omnibus painted in blue and cream and numbered 2769. The bus has a Leyland style OPD2/1 chassis. There are 13 seats downstairs in addition to a driver's cabin, and 16 seats upstairs, with a rear corner staircase and fitted lighting.

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Interior of Bell Street bus in Preston, c1930

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the interior of the Bell Street bus in Preston, Melbourne. The driver and three passengers can be seen. The photograph was taken in about 1930 by Roy Leibig.

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Steam tram used in Sydney, 1879

This is a steam tram motor locomotive made by Burnham, Parry and Williams and Co at Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia in 1879. A wooden cab encloses the entire locomotive, which features five windows along each side. Access to the cab is through doors from both the front and back platforms. Protruding through the ...

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Horsedrawn omnibus, c1904

This is a horsedrawn omnibus produced by the Sydney Tramway and Omnibus Company, Sydney, in 1898. It seats 24, and consists of a wooden body with a series of five sash windows along each side. Inside are two rows of seats running the length of the vehicle. At the rear is a stairway that leads to the open seating area on ...

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Daniel O'Doherty

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst describes how a school student conducted his own scientific investigation. Daniel O'Doherty was intrigued to find out what was the carbon impact of travel to and from school each day, and what could be done to reduce this impact. His project won the 2008 Action Against Climate Change ...

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Friction

In this learning sequence, students explore frictional forces. They investigate how friction changes with different contact surfaces in wet, dry and icy conditions, and the effect this has on braking. Finally they apply this learning to the real-world situation of tram travel, and explore why sand is used on tram tracks ...

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Sydney Metro – a 3D design focused inquiry – Stage 3

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University.

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Welcome to Victoria

In this learning sequence, students undertake research in order to create tour packs for families visiting Victoria. Students use public transport and tourism websites to develop itineraries outlining ways in which families can visit at least two places of interest using public transport. The packs include: information ...

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W2-class 1927 Melbourne electric tram model, 2007-08

This is a scale model of W2-class drop-centre double-bogie standard-gauge electric tram No 454, a tram that was built at the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board's Preston Workshops in 1927. The model has a green body and a cream roof with a trolley pole that reaches up to overhead wires. It sits on a wooden base. ...

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How does the Sydney Metro meet the needs of society? – Stage 3

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University.

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Sydney Metro – creating a website – Stage 2

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University. Students ...

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Human landscapes – inquiry-based learning through Sydney Metro – Stage 4

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University. Students ...

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Classroom posters (freight train, passenger train and tram)

This activity focuses on developing rail safety messages with students. They design their own rail safety tips using positive action words. Students can build on their existing knowledge of standard phrases commonly used, e.g. ‘stay behind the yellow line’, and ‘STOP LOOK LISTEN THINK’. The includes three different posters ...

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How can transport connect us to places? – Stage 1

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University.

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Travel safe

In this series of lessons, students use a basic programming language to design and create an app for younger students to encourage them to use public transport safely. They explore basic user-interface principles and take into account aesthetics and the development of a positive user experience. Their goal is to create ...

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Ethical consequences

In this series of lessons, students consider the relationship between public transport and youth disadvantage. They explore a number of hypothetical prospective government-sponsored transport projects and the reasons for prioritisation of infrastructure projects based on community need and public advocacy. Students analyse ...

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Sustainable travel

In this sequence of learning, students design and pitch ideas for an app that informs users of the cost associated with various forms of transport. They investigate the costs and environmental impact of forms of transport, including public transport. They then explore ideas for designing an app to allow commuters to track ...