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Interactive resource

Mineshaft [includes spoken instructions]

Direct a cart down a mineshaft. Examine rocks and minerals such as coal and diamonds. Match them to their use in industry such as power generation or jewellery.

Interactive resource

Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

Assessment resource

Metal munchers: assessment

Assess your ability to make predictions and explain your observations. Protect a spaceship from metal-munching aliens by identifying metals to feed to them. Perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. For example, test whether wool will conduct electricity. Explain which tests are most useful ...

Interactive resource

Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases [ESL]

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

Teacher resource

Using 'Metal munchers: assessment' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes video footage showing how a teacher uses the interactive assessment object L7557 'Metal munchers: assessment' to test year 5-6 students' understanding of the properties of metals. It describes and provides access to the interactive digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant ...

Video

Red Cross women bottling during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of Red Cross volunteers bottling fruit during the First World War. A medium-distance shot shows women in caps and aprons selecting, peeling and cooking fruit in vats or coppers and pouring it into bottles, followed by a close-up of women stirring the vat, filling bottles and applying ...

Image

Copper town, Mt Lyell, Tasmania, 1948

This is a black-and-white photograph of Mt Lyell, a mining town in western Tasmania in 1948. It features parts of a slag heap and a goods train in the foreground, the township in the centre and denuded hills in the background.

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Copper sheathing from HMS 'Buffalo', 1813

This is a rough rectangular piece of flat copper sheathing that was attached to the hull of HMS 'Buffalo'. There are four small holes in a row across the centre (possibly caused by the imprinting of government property arrows at the time of manufacture), one torn to the outer edge. The metal is thin plate and has a crumpled ...

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ISA copper-refining process - asset 1

This is a colour photograph taken at a copper refinery. It is a view of the interior of a large well-lit building, the tank house, with long lines of copper and stainless steel sheets (anodes and cathodes) suspended in tanks of liquid. Above the tanks is a yellow travelling crane that stretches the full width of the space.

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ISA copper-refining process - asset 2

This is a colour photograph taken at a copper refinery. It is a view of the interior of a large well-lit building, the tank house; there are long lines of copper and stainless-steel sheets (anodes and cathodes) suspended in tanks of liquid. The focus of the picture is the large yellow automated crane that is placing racks ...

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ISA copper-refining process - asset 3

This is a colour photograph taken outside a building at a copper refinery. It shows a stainless steel sheet with yellow strips on either side, mounted on a red hanger.

Video

Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 13

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. In the opening sequence, the camera pans over the Mount Lyell copper and tin mine and its surrounds, showing ...

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First Fleet convict love token, 1786-87

This is a hand-engraved circular copper disc that belonged to convict Thomas Tilley, who came to Australia in the First Fleet. One side of the circular disc has the following words engraved on it: 'THOMAS / TILLEY TR / ANSPORTED / 29 JULY 1785 / FOR SIGNING / A NOTE SENT / THE HULKS / JAN Y 24 1786'. The other side has ...

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Poppet head and storage bins at Wallaroo Mines, c1920

This is a black-and-white photograph from about 1920 showing the poppet head and ore storage bins at Taylor's Shaft at the Wallaroo copper mines on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. The poppet head is a tall tower-like steel structure with two platforms and a pulley wheel at the top. A tin shed is mounted on the structure ...

Teacher resource

Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Metal munchers: assessment' (L7557). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student input related to performing tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. ...

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Copper processing

Find out how copper ore is extracted and turned into copper metal. This is a PowerPoint presentation showing the properties, uses and extraction of copper. It includes details of the mining and processing of copper ore, as well as smelting, converting and refining to produce copper metal. Most slides contain photographs ...

Interactive Resource

Copper processing

This interactive activity allows students to explore the processes involved in the mining and processing of copper ore and the production of copper. Students initially put the processes in the correct sequence and then select each stage to animate it and access relevant information. The smelting stage includes an activity ...

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Solvent extraction of copper

Carry out an experimental investigation like those used in industrial laboratories. This is a fact sheet giving information and instructions for an experiment investigating the recovery of copper metal from ore using solvent extraction. It includes background information on the industrial process and chemistry involved, ...