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Colour blindness - seeing the world differently

The ability to see colours is an important human trait, but did you know some people's colour vision is impaired. View this clip to discover what it means to be colourblind and how it happens. Find out also about the extraordinary colour vision of the dunnart, and why it is important for this nocturnal marsupial.

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Trick your eyes, lose your balance

The human body stays balanced through the cooperation of several body systems and organs. These include the inner ear, our vision, and sensors in our muscles and joints. But how do they work together and can they be tricked? Come along to the fair and witness a trick that has everyone falling over in hysterics.

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Light takes time to travel through space

Light travels in waves and carries information as it moves from one object to another. In this clip, people are used to represent the Sun, planets and light rays in order to show that light takes time to travel through space bringing information from those objects to us on Earth. Discover that by the time we receive this ...

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Amazing characters: level 2 [Chinese]

Solve word puzzles as you find a way through two mazes (a garden and a cave). Search for hidden keys engraved with Chinese characters. Find pairs of characters that look alike. Notice that a character may be formed from a base character plus extra strokes. Build your knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and ...

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Shape overlays: picture studio

Position two simple shapes to form an overlap, then cut out that new shape. For example, lay a rectangle over a circle to make a semicircle. Make several shapes. Rotate the shapes and move them around to make pictures. Build a new picture or match an existing picture such as a fish or a truck.

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Shape overlays: picture puzzle

Make a target shape by positioning a simple shape over another shape. Cut out the new shape formed by the intersection of the other two shapes. For example, form a heart shape by overlaying a triangle onto a large shape that includes two arcs at the top. Use the shape overlay to complete a picture. This learning object ...

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Match it: matching hiragana A

Explore sets of hiragana that have similar appearance but contain subtle stroke differences, such as こ and い. Pair up the hiragana that match exactly. Build your knowledge of hiragana by checking their shapes and sounds. Work your way through five groups of four hiragana. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. ...

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Flip and match: matching hiragana A

Flip the cards and pair up the hiragana that match exactly. Find the subtle differences in strokes that form the different hiragana. Build your knowledge of hiragana by checking their written and spoken sounds. Work your way through three levels of increasing difficulty. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. ...

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Lost bike: build your own bike [Japanese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose words to complete a description of a bike you would like to build. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Lost bike: build to order [Japanese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Build a bike to match a description given by a Japanese friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Lost bike [Japanese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose words to complete a description of a bike you would like to build. Then build a bike to match a description given by a Japanese friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a village. This learning object is a combination ...

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Optics and images: plane mirrors

Position an object and a flat mirror to reflect light rays and produce images. Predict the size and position of the reflection produced. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Font cubes: nine cubes [Chinese]

Solve word matching puzzles. Notice how a Chinese character looks slightly different in a range of font styles. Rotate cubes to find the same character in different fonts on a 3x3 set of cubes. Match a whole line of three characters. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as ...

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Font cubes: spinning cubes [Chinese]

Solve word matching puzzles. Notice how a Chinese character looks slightly different in a range of font styles. Identify the same character in different fonts on a 3x3 set of spinning cubes. Match a whole line of characters. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined ...

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Font cubes: message cubes [Chinese]

Solve word matching puzzles. Notice how a Chinese character looks slightly different in a range of font styles. Rotate cubes to find the same character in different fonts on a 4x4 set of cubes. Match all rows and columns. Discover a hidden message. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is ...

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Eyeball challenge: stone wheel puzzle

Investigate a range of animal eyes: dog, cat, bee, fish, eagle and human. Discover how these animals see things in different ways because their eyes have different structures. For example, look at an animal's field of view, how it focuses and sees colours. Choose eyes with good close-up vision to solve a puzzle and unlock ...

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Matching characters: match it: A [Chinese]

Look at sets of similar Chinese characters. Pair up the characters that match exactly. Notice that when characters look alike, they often have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different characters. Build your knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and spoken examples. This ...

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Eyeball challenge: mission 2

Investigate a range of animal eyes: dog, cat, bee, fish, eagle and human. Discover how these animals see things in different ways because their eyes have different structures. For example, look at an animal's field of view, how it focuses and sees colours. Find your way through an ancient temple by choosing eyes suited ...

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Far out lenses

Look at the Moon through a simple telescope. Adjust the focal length of two convex lenses and compare the results. Explore relationships between optical variables such as focal length, position of objective lens, convexity, image inversion and lens size. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects. The ...

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Gourmet order [Chinese] [Windows version]

Get some takeaway food from a local restaurant. First, ask your friends to write their order using Chinese characters. Then, find those dishes on a printed menu. Compare the handwritten notes and printed characters on the menu before placing your order. Identify all of the dishes correctly to get the food for your friends. ...