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What is architectural engineering?

Do you know what an architect does? How about an engineer? Architects and engineers must work closely together to construct buildings that are both well designed and structurally sound. Watch this video to see how architectural engineering brings together the two fields.

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Working with wind power

A wind tunnel is a large tube with wind moving through it. Watch this video to find out about the various applications of a wind tunnel and how new technologies are impacting developments in alternative energy.

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GeogSpace: Why teach geography?

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 focuses on the knowledge and skills that geographers bring to various careers, and the links between the study of geography and future employment opportunities. ...

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Young people making a difference

Have you ever considered what it must be like to be homeless? Often it is not until we are confronted with a personal experience that we realise the significance of such social issues. Luke Owens from Bendigo Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to how he found out ...

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REV up electric cars

Imagine driving from Perth to Melbourne in an electric car! But what if there are no charging stations available or the batteries run down while you're driving? The REV project (2013) explored plug-in electric cars and how viable they are for future transport. Find out some of their pros and cons.

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It's not a square house

In this interview people talk about how they worked together as part of a community to build their unconventional houses. They describe the influence of Buckminster Fuller, and how they shared ideas and experimented with local building materials. See how they achieved their aim to be self-sufficient and sustainable.

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Not your usual kind of home

Imagine living in a dome-shaped house! Watch an interview with some people who left city life behind and built a community in the forest, using local materials and creating less-common structures such as dome houses. Find out how the community worked together to build these environmentally friendly homes, and wander through ...

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Friendly robots

Imagine a robot that can work out how you're feeling and give you advice. Meet Matilda and Jack, robots that use software to recognise human emotion from facial expressions. See how they are being trialled with elderly people. Who knows, one day your best friend might be a robot!

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A passion for science and engineering

If you're deciding between studying science or engineering, why not consider a path that includes both? Be inspired by a young uni student who's combining chemical engineering and biotechnology studies. Along with her voluntary work as a science communicator, Alicia Hurkmans has embarked on journey to an exciting and innovative ...

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Engineering: more than bridges and roads

Engineers apply science, technology and innovation to the design of solutions to real-world problems. In this clip, civil engineering student Arna Smith describes some of the many fields and types of civil engineering projects, and how they impact people's lives. Find out what attracted Arna to engineering and how she hopes ...

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Jing He's 3D career as an image specialist

Discover how an image specialist contributes to the creation of virtual digital images used to build geographically accurate 3D models of natural and built environments. Find out what skills Jing He uses and why she loves her job. Learn too about the value of this rapidly evolving industry.

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Wombat stew. Integrated program

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in going on a Wombat walk to collect rubbish, investigating animal habitats, creating an Australian animals alphabet frieze, creating animal number stories, exploring vocabulary, making Wombat soup, discussing safe and unsafe situations, developing a news ...

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Sorting mother-of-pearl shells, Broome, c1953

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 18.7 cm x 24.5 cm, showing three Malay or Indonesian men grading and sorting mother-of-pearl shells in Broome, Western Australia in about 1953. The photograph was taken by the famous Australian photographer Frank Hurley.

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Betty Guard's comb, c1830

This is a broken tortoiseshell hair comb with an extraordinary history. It was made around 1830 and belonged to Betty Guard (1814-70), an early European settler in New Zealand. It has a half-round shape and the remains of broken teeth. It measures 11.0 cm by 8.5 cm.

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Roger McKenzie and Burnie Kent, c1960: Ballarat

This clip shows silent home-movie footage of Ballarat taken around 1960. It shows 'Shell House', which features mosaics made from shells depicting Australian icons, the insignia of various Australian defence forces and a celebration of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. A huge mosaic Imperial crown is seen on the front lawn. ...

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What are my values? - unit of work

This is a unit consisting of two extended lessons about those values that young people feel strongly about and how they can and have been translated into action. The teaching and learning strategies centre on values identification, firstly by reading biographies of three Australians and secondly by students examining their ...

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Values we admire in others - unit of work

This is a unit consisting of three activities extended over five lessons about the values set out in 'Nine values for Australian schooling' and how well-known Australians have enacted these values. The suggested teaching and learning strategies involve analysing each value, annotating a biography of Aboriginal footballer ...

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Exploring global realities

This is a teacher professional development resource containing activities and information about the major issues that need to be addressed in building a sustainable future. It contains six tabs, providing an introduction, four activities and a reflection lesson. The activity tabs cover the following topics: environmental ...

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Reorienting education for a sustainable future

This is a teacher professional development resource containing information and activities about the concept of education for sustainable development. It contains six tabs, providing an introduction, four activities and a reflection lesson. The activity tabs cover a range of topics including the holistic view of the ‘environment’, ...

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Sustainable futures across the curriculum

This is a teacher professional development resource about the integration of education for sustainable development into school subjects and its relevance to educational objectives. The resource has seven tabs, providing an introduction, five activities and a reflection lesson. It contains references, information, reflective ...