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Ig Nobel prizes

Some humorous examples of scientists thinking outside the square and doing some unusual research. Download the audio or view the transcript of this ABC radio interview.

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Collaborating in science

This is a colour video clip in which Professor Keith Hunter, a marine chemist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, relates how he became aware of the need to collaborate with scientists from other fields and to work on interdisciplinary problems in multidisciplinary teams. Sequences showing Professor Hunter discussing ...

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Investigating patterns of inheritance: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience investigates the inheritance of single gene traits using animal and plant examples. This CLE provides teachers with three inquiry-based investigations supported by a teaching and learning plan, background information (including possible student misconceptions and safety notes), assessment ...

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Chemical reactions: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, four different types of chemical reactions are performed one at a time. Students then test their understanding by performing six further reactions and for each one: predict the products, identify the type of reaction and write balanced word and symbol equations.

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Saving our Soils

This is a unit of work about the characteristics of soil and the important role soil plays in supporting life on Earth. The unit is divided into seven activity sequences that explore the definition of soil; the characteristics of soil types; the effects of soil nutrients on plant growth; and the role of ground cover in ...

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What is an ecologist?

This is a colour video clip in which marine ecologist Associate Professor Stephen Wing of the University of Otago talks about the work of ecologists. He gives an overview of the types of questions that are investigated by ecologists and explains why he enjoys his work. Photographs of marine organisms and ecologists at work ...

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Introduction to Science by Doing: student guide

This resource introduces students to the Science by doing approach and associated learning materials. It explores the concepts used in 'doing' science, guides students through the process of working in a laboratory, including safety and equipment, and invites students to explore their own learning style. Students can also ...

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How to bend a soccer ball

Join sports commentator Damien Lovelock as he takes us through the science of football (soccer). See how physiological changes have impacted on preparation and game play. Technology has also played its part. Find out why the specially designed 2006 World Cup ball enabled footballers to 'bend it like Beckham' or veer it ...

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Gus Nossal speaks on being a research scientist, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of one of Australia's best known research scientists and immunologists, Sir Gustav Nossal, outlining his views on medical research. He discusses the qualities necessary for a person to be a successful scientific researcher and talks about the nature and future of science research, suggesting ...

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Back and forth: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to investigate energy transformation and energy conservation by analysing the motion of a pendulum. The CLE provides teachers with an inquiry-based investigation supported by a teaching and learning plan, background information (including maths concepts, possible student misconceptions ...

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How big is Australia's largest dinosaur bone?

Visit the Queensland Museum in this clip and meet the person who discovered Australia's largest dinosaur bone. At around 26 metres long, Cooper the titanosaur was huge, and you will see footage of his bones on display. Find out also about the process of extracting, preparing and displaying fossilised dinosaur bones.

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The digestive system: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) explores the digestive system in higher animals. Students will learn about the role of the digestion in the context of modelling the human digestive system.

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Implementing Science by Doing

This web page provides a range of professional learning resources for secondary science teachers planing and implementing the Science by Doing program. The suite of resources includes a video overview, a program booklet and interactive digital professional module. The interactive module provides two self-paced professional ...

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Introduction to Science by Doing: teacher guide

This resource provides teachers with an overview of the Science by doing program including its approach and associated learning materials. It provides teachers with an easy-to-navigate exploration of the concepts used in 'doing' science, the process of working in a laboratory, including safety and equipment, and the underpinning ...

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Animal habitats: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this series of activities, students investigate animal habitats. They learn that habitats are places that provide many of the needs of living things and so contribute to their survival.

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Science ASSIST

Science ASSIST is a web portal for Australian school science educators and laboratory technicians. It features an online advisory service that provides timely, consistent and authoritative advice to both teachers and lab technicians; a curated selection of online, high quality teaching and learning resources directly linked ...

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Ramping up the fun

Join Winston as he tests which materials slide down a ramp. Which ones will slip and which ones will grip? He's testing a wooden block, a stone, a glass bottle and an eraser. Predict what will happen. Watch to see if your prediction was right.

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Gus Nossal describes his most noted medical research, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Sir Gustav Nossal describing the medical research for which he became internationally known. He outlines his contributions to the emerging science of immunology in the 1950s-70s, and how other researchers have been able to make further discoveries based on his initial work. The recording ...

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Egg bungee jump: Connected learning experience (CLE)

In this investigation, the properties of materials are investigated in the context of modelling a bungee jump by an egg. There is an emphasis on linking the physical properties of materials to their use in order to solve a real-world problem.

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Classroom Antarctica: Predators and prey

In this learning sequence, students explore feeding relationships between Antarctic animals. They investigate food chains and explore different predator-prey relationships in the food web. The activity compares the food chains of blue whales and orcas (killer whales) and considers how the changes in the amount of daylight ...