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Formulating hypotheses

This collection of 10 digital curriculum resources is organised in two categories - hypothesising in years 9 and 10; and hypothesising in years 7-10. Through the collection students explore the concept of scientific hypotheses and are introduced to important terminology. Using some of the learning objects students formulate ...

Assessment resource

Communicating findings to others: assessment rubric

This assessment rubric is a tool for assessing a student's ability to communicate findings to others. There are four criteria provided, each relating to one aspect of explaining and communicating a fair test investigation. For each criterion, there are four levels of anticipated performance against which teachers can make ...

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Science Inquiry Skills: Evaluating and Communicating

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources about Science Inquiry Skills. The collection is organised into two of the Science Inquiry Skills sub-strands - Evaluating and Communicating. It contains learning objects and an assessment object exploring environmental issues, disease outbreaks, mineral exploration, ...

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The virtual ecosystem

This interactive learning activity consists of a virtual ecosystem model that introduces the idea that all living things compete for food. Students can complete two game-like experiments to investigate the need an individual rabbit has for grass and then compare the needs of an individual rabbit to the needs of a population ...

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Experiment with ecosystems

This interactive learning activity consists of a series of virtual ecosystem models for exploring the interrelationships within food webs. Students can complete two experiments to test hypotheses about producer-consumer and predator-prey relationships. The activity is supported by a 'Lab book' in which students can view ...

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Aboriginal fire knowledge reduces greenhouse gases

Come on an eye-opening trip to Western Arnhem Land in northern Australia to find out how Aboriginal fire-control techniques are used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tonnes.On the trip you will also find out how exploding ping-pong balls are used to create low greenhouse gas firebreaks at the right time ...

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Climate and bushfires in Australia

What can science tell us about the major cause of bushfires in Australia's past? How can it help us predict future bushfires? Two scientists discuss evidence related to bushfire regimes (bushfire patterns, types and intensity). Please note that this clip contains recent images of homes destroyed by fire that may disturb ...

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Accelerating glaciers in Antarctica

Discover a white world in which glaciers are racing toward the sea at seven times their normal speed. This is what is happening in Antarctica now and the consequences will eventually be felt at your nearest beach. Travel with scientist Dr Paul Williams to see some stunning images of what is occurring around the fringes ...

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Dam threatens ancient lungfish

Explore the issues around the construction of the Traveston Dam in Queensland with Professor Jean Joss and former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie. In this 2006 news report they outline arguments for and against the construction of the dam and how it would affect one of the few remaining homes of a 150-million- year-old ...

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Management of the northern savanna

Around the world, tropical savannas are in serious trouble. This clip from 2007 explores the use of Aboriginal technology for sustainable management of the environment in Australia's huge northern tropical savanna. Hear from two environmental scientists why traditional fire-management practices may reduce the incidence ...

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Genetically modified food: divided perspectives

Imagine that farmers were able to droughtproof or pest-proof their crops. Manipulating genes in food can provide solutions to many farming and food supply problems. However, not everyone agrees on how this new technology should be used. Watch this clip to find out why some Australian farmers are divided on this issue.

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Oil spills and petrochemical side effects

Petrochemicals are chemicals made from crude oil and natural gas. They are used to develop a range of everyday products. Discover some of the unintended side effects on humans and other living things caused by the widespread use of crude oil and petrochemicals. Consider some of the claims made about the use of petrochemicals.

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Sumatran tigers and paper mills

How might filling your printer with paper be affecting the survival of tigers? Watch this compelling clip to find out about the plight of Sumatran tigers in the wild, and explore the connection between them and paper mills. You will also discover how product labels might not always tell the complete story.

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Polymers: explosives and celluloid

Imagine if modern explosives were still based on the smoky gunpowder used in the 19th century! Watch a re-enactment of the accidental discovery of cellulose nitrate, an explosive polymer. Find out how a scarcity of elephants launched chemists into a new world of polymer science.

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Greenpeace takes a stand against GM crops

Watch Greenpeace activists mow down a research crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat grown by CSIRO. Consider some arguments for and against GM foods and find out the number of GM crops being trialled around Australia.

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Friction between paper experiment

Are you strong enough to pull two sheets of paper apart? What about two books with the pages intertwined? Watch this experiment performed by Ruben Meerman, the Surfing Scientist, and find out how he tests the presence of friction between pieces of paper.

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'Water footprints' in food manufacturing

How much water does it take to produce a large packet of M&Ms? Watch as the 'water footprint' of some household products is presented and hear the concerns expressed about the methods used to calculate these footprints. Discover how an examination of the water used by the components of some manufactured foods has led to ...

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Carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher

Different types of chemical reactions are used in many everyday products. Watch this clip to see how two common household substances can be combined to create an 'Invisible Candle Extinguisher'.

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GM bananas

Meet a scientist who is genetically modifying bananas to make them more nutritious. Learn about some of the benefits and concerns about using gene technologies to modify foods.

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Manipulating organic compounds

Chemists often try to alter or mimic compounds found in the natural environment, to create safe and useful drugs. But the end result isn't always beneficial, and some very harmful drugs have been created along the way. Watch this clip to find out more.