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Big sky sunsets at Windorah, Qld

In this clip the narrator will show you a place that she likes to visit. This place is near Windorah in Queensland. The narrator says that this is 'big sky country'. She likes to sit in the sand dunes and watch the colours around her change as the sun goes down.

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Why sunsets and sunrises will never be blue or green

Can you guess how many sunsets and sunrises an astronaut on the International Space Station sees every 24 hours? Sixteen! Imagine seeing all those spectacular colours so many times a day (even if the view lasts only a few seconds as they zoom by). Find out exactly why sunrises and sunsets are red, orange and golden but ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Night and day

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day, using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The sizes, shapes, positions and movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon are investigated, and shadow changes throughout the day ...

Teacher resource

Where does the sun go at night?

This sequence of resources focuses on investigating day and night, the movement of the sun across the sky, shadows and the moon. Observing the difference between the day and night sky and the movement of the sun across the sky at regularly time intervals provides data collection activities for students.

Teacher resource

Looking to the Moon

Use these tasks and resources to investigate how the Earth rotates and how its rotation affects what we see in the sky, in particular the views of the moon. Students explore the relative position and rotation of the moon to the Earth and use this to investigate why we only see one side of the moon.

Interactive resource

Earth rotation: night and day [ESL]

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

Interactive resource

Light and shadows: casting shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position ...

Interactive resource

Light and shadows: matching shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Match the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Complete pictures ...

Interactive resource

Medical emergency at Lonely Creek

Explore how early transport and communications systems worked in outback Australia. Notice how the 'tyranny of distance' affected the daily lives of Australians. Identify the best responses to medical incidents in the Queensland outback in 1890 and 1935. Choose between options such as transport by camel or horse and buggy. ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Pushing and pulling

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use a single monkey to push a pelican or use three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is a combination of three objects ...

Assessment resource

Light and shadows: assessment

Test your understanding of shadows. Complete 12 tasks about how shadows change during the day. For example, match the shadow cast by a tree to the position of the Sun. View and print a report on your work.

Interactive resource

Frames of reference for Newton's laws - Galilean relativity

Learn about frames of reference in which the laws of physics seem to be violated. Observe the motion of an object in an inertial and non-inertial frame. Discover where fictitious forces come from and see why Newton's laws apply in all inertial frames of reference. This resource consists of a web page with text and animation.

Interactive resource

Televisions

This is a slideshow resource about the development of the television set. Four televisions are featured: a 'televisor' from the early 1930s, a television set from the late 1930s, one from the late 1950s and a portable television from 1969. Onscreen text outlines how the televisions worked, describes what the picture quality ...

Interactive resource

Radios

This is a slideshow resource showing seven radios used in the past. It includes three images of people using radios that were both receivers and transmitters in the 1920s, 1940s and 1960s. Four other images show radios that only received transmissions. They include radios that were pieces of furniture, dating from the 1930s ...

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Changing technology and televisions

This is a collection of digital curriculum resources focusing on the development of television and its effects on people's lives. The collection is organised into three categories - early television; television arrives in Australia; and colour television. Among the highlights of the collection are images of televisions ...

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Using a portable pedal wireless in 1946

This is a 1946 black-and-white photograph showing a man operating a Traeger Pedal Radio. He is seated under large gum trees on a riverbank with a truck close by.

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A young postal worker on a bicycle, 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph of a uniformed New South Wales junior postal officer who delivered telegrams on his bicycle.

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A telecommunications advertisement in 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph of a display in the window of a Brisbane telegraph office. A large advertisement encourages people to 'Save MONEY - ADDRESS YOUR TELEGRAMS TO A TELEPHONE ADDRESS - Save TIME'.

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Hilltop railway cutting near Mittagong, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, showing a section of the Main South Line railway near Mittagong, New South Wales, some time between 1884 and 1917. Three men and a woman are posed on a fettler's trolley, a small, self-propelled ...