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Scientists study suburban microbats

Discover the tiny bats that live in Australian backyards in urban areas, including large cities. Watch this clip to learn more about these elusive Australian mammals, and to find out about a large-scale survey undertaken in Melbourne. Scientist, Dr Rodney van der Ree, addresses a group of volunteers in the field and explains ...

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Mapping a sea voyage: calculating distance

Scientists involved in the Two Bays Project describe data collection methods for their 20-day expedition around Port Phillip and Western Port bays. Watch this clip to view the route mapped out by the scientists. Use Google Maps to recreate the route and calculate the total distance travelled.

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Impact of coming to school on carbon emissions

How big is your carbon footprint as you travel to and from school? Watch Daniel O'Doherty, 2008 'Action Against Climate Change' Eureka Schools Prize winner, as he determines his hypothesis then designs and conducts a study about carbon emissions. Listen to the recommendations he makes to reduce and offset the emissions ...

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Tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish

Did you know the crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural predator that is having a huge impact on the Great Barrier Reef? Watch this clip to find out about the damage it's causing and what scientists are doing to try to protect the reef. Find out the role that people play both in causing and in managing this environmental issue.

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Why locals love living in Kenilworth

Kenilworth is a small town in rural Queensland with a close-knit community that takes great pride in their town's history and connectedness. In this clip you will hear long-standing locals, as well as a newcomer, describe the relaxed lifestyle, local businesses, attractions and history of Kenilworth.

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Food shortage: Please, Sir, can I have some more?

Are we headed for food shortages in the future? Many scientists say that food production is becoming a critical issue and that Australia has a part to play in securing food for the world's future. As you watch this clip from 2013, find out how past strategies dealt with the food security issue, and learn about our plans ...

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Mission to Mars, 2012

Imagine robots armed with rock-zapping lasers, roaming the surface of Mars, looking for signs of life! Watch this clip to discover how scientists actually landed Curiosity, one such roving robot, on Mars in 2012. Scientists hope it will provide important information about what is also known as the Red Planet. All aboard ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1920

This is a plan of the Sunshine Harvestor Works at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. Dated 1920, the plan depicts a creek running through the property, surrounding roads, and five railway lines running into the site. Factory departments, including a tool shop, foundry, engine works and carpenter's department, are highlighted ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1911

This is a plan showing the Sunshine Harvester Works at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. Dated 1911, the plan depicts a creek running through the property, surrounding roads, and five railway lines running into the site. Factory departments, including a wood mill, blacksmith's department, comb makers, paint department and ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1906

This is a plan showing the Sunshine Harvester Works at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. Dated 1906, the plan depicts a creek running through the property, all surrounding roads, and two railway lines running into the site. Factory departments are highlighted in blue or pink. The plan has been drawn by hand in black ink ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works factory site, 1904

This is a plan, dated 1904, showing an overview of the site for the Sunshine Harvester Works factory at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. The plan depicts a creek running through the property, all surrounding roads, and a railway line running into the site. Factory departments are highlighted in blue. The plan has been drawn ...

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Altitude and azimuth instrument - Troughton and Simms, c1836

This is an altitude and azimuth scientific instrument for surveying, made by Troughton and Simms of London circa 1836. It is 80 cm long, 105 cm high and 52 cm wide.

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GeogSpace: Fieldwork

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice in a support unit on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Illustration 1 provides a range of potential activities for each year level in the school grounds, a short distance from the school, and further away. Illustration 2 supports ...

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Farm animals - unit 4

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about farm animals that are raised for food and fibre, with a particular focus on livestock needs and farming technologies. The program outline and supporting documents can ...

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BrainPOP: tally charts and bar graphs

This animated video describes what a tally chart is and what a bar graph is, what they are used for, and how to create and interpret them. It describes how tally charts can be useful for collecting survey data and demonstrates the conventional way of recording this data in groups of five strokes so they can be easily counted. ...

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reSolve: Data - Making decisions

This sequence of two lessons explores data collection, representation and interpretation, particularly graphs. Students are presented with unlabelled graphs and invited to add their own labels and create a story to describe the graph. They are then asked to conduct an experiment testing the viscosity of household substances ...

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The mountain-pygmy possum: On the edge

In this series of tasks, students identify habitats for the endangered mountain pygmy-possum, and use Geographic Information System (GIS) and geographical techniques to identify preferred survey sites and to estimate population numbers. The resource focuses on the biophysical environment of suitable alpine habitats; students ...