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Highway or floodway?

In the city of Rockhampton the floodwaters are on their way - again. Many locals appear to be convinced that floods are becoming more frequent. This clip from January 2013 weighs up the economic impact of continued flooding against the cost of taking action to 'flood-proof' central Queensland's Rockhampton once and for all.

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Hunt the ancestor

This is an interactive game about an archaeological dig or quest. The object is to find an ancient burial site and protect it from being destroyed by local quarry owners who want to extract chalk from the field. Students are given an amount of money and have to locate where the burial site is using a variety of research ...

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In the past: Christmas in the city

Take a look at a crowded city street during the Christmas season more than 50 years ago. Discover what Christmas shopping was like when your grandparents were not much older than you are today. This silent black-and-white clip was filmed in Sydney in 1961.

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Water sponge beneath our feet

Could it be that nature has its own system of creating water reserves to help the country get through dry times? Peter Andrews thinks so. His approach provides an alternative to the way most farmers manage water resources. But some of Peter's ideas have caused ripples of discontent, especially among authorities and his neighbours.

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Do different things fall faster?

Want to find out what happens when you drop a watermelon and an apple from the top of a building? In this clip, Bernie Hobbs and Ruben Meerman, investigate whether the mass of an object influences how fast it falls. Bernie and Ruben ride the 'Giant Drop' at Dreamworld, drop a watermelon and apple from an eighth floor balcony, ...

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Mass versus weight

This is a series of classroom investigations in which students predict, observe and measure the forces on, and acceleration of, objects of differing mass, and then compare their results with those from similar experiments conducted on the International Space Station. The resource comprises an introductory handout and video ...

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reSolve: Statistics - Planning Playgrounds

This sequence of four lessons engages students in sorting, classifying, representing and interpreting data in order to plan a playground for their school or community. Students choose simple questions for a survey, gather responses and make simple inferences from their data. They then create picture graphs and explore how ...

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Do heavier things fall faster?

Will a medicine ball or a basketball hit the ground first when dropped at the same time from the same height? In this clip, Catalyst's Dr Derek Muller investigates what influences the speed at which objects fall. Derek challenges some people in a market to make a prediction and explain their thinking, before he finally ...

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Severe erosion in the Upper Murray River

Farmers along Victoria's Upper Murray claim that soil erosion on their properties is being caused by water released from the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a hydro-electricity project located in the Southern Alps. This clip from 2013 investigates the degradation occurring in an area where prime agricultural land is valued at 10,000 ...

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Sydney Doll Hospital

If you broke your leg, you might go to a hospital. What happens to dolls that might have a broken leg, arm or head? Discover a special hospital in Sydney where broken dolls are mended. Find out how the repair work is done. See what dolls looked like in the past.

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Impact of the contraceptive pill on Australia

If you had to name the most significant inventions of the 20th century, would you think of the contraceptive pill? Very few inventions have had such an impact upon Australian society or been as controversial. In this clip, discover how life changed for many Australian women with the arrival of 'the pill'. See how attitudes ...

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Introduction to Food Security

This is a video that defines and explores the concept of food security using animated illustrations, spoken commentary, and pauses for discussion. Identifying the accelerating growth of population and the proportion of people who are chronically hungry, it provides the United Nation's definition of food security and its ...

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Aquarius counterculture descends upon Nimbin

What would you do to save your home town? By the early 1970s, the northern NSW town of Nimbin was in serious decline. Somewhat hesitantly, local residents agreed to allow the huge Aquarius Festival to come to town, bringing alternative music, lifestyles and values. And money. And people who stayed. Discover how Nimbin locals ...

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Biodiversity study: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to support the implementation of a comparative study of two sites within a local school environment. The investigation explores how the physical conditions of an environment affects the biodiversity and the growth and survival of living things within this context. This CLE ...

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Who was Quong Tart?

In this sequence of two activities, students learn about Quong Tart's contribution to Australian life by examining photographs and responding to questions. Based on Quong Tart's tea house, students redesign their classroom to create their own tea house experience.

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Is Australia's best job on Gabo Island?

Leo Op Den Brouw works at the Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve collecting meteorological and weather data. See why he believes he has one of the best jobs in Australia. While he counts himself lucky to work in such a special place, how does Leo cope with the isolation and the time away from his family and friends?

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Radio pirates

Imagine life before mobile phones. In this 1973 clip from a Four Corners program, discover the lengths that many determined Australians were prepared to go to in order to communicate through the air waves from their cars and other locations. This was long before the invention of mobiles, video conferencing, social media ...

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Mormons in contemporary Australia

Have you ever had somebody knock at your door, wanting to share their faith? If so, you may have been visited by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of this religion believe that it is important to spread their message, and do so by door-knocking around the world, including in Australia. ...

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Impact of British rule on India

Did the British government consider the economic and cultural interests of the Indian people to be as important as their own at the end of the 19th century? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW discusses the impacts of British rule on India's economy and therefore on ...

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Kokoda campaign, 1942

Have you ever heard of the Kokoda Trail? This was the site of one of Australia's most famous campaigns in World War II, one that helped to define the national character. From July to November 1942, this rugged jungle trail saw some of the most fiercely contested battles for territory between the Australians and the Japanese. ...