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Heat transfer: is it hot or cold?

If you picked up a paper book and a metal box do you think one would feel colder to the touch or would they feel the same? Watch this clip to see if people's predictions about the temperature of objects match their observations. You may be as surprised as they are!

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'The little green book', 1995

This is a booklet titled 'The little green book: a kids handy guide to caring for the environment', published by Cadbury Australia. The front cover displays six of Cadbury's 'Yowie' characters. The booklet measures 210 mm by 148 mm.

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Carbon dioxide and the oceans

This is a colour video clip describing how carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are increasing global temperatures and causing acidification of the oceans. It features two New Zealand scientists, hydrologist Dr Dave Campbell of the University of Waikato, who talks about atmospheric water vapour, and ...

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Melting permafrost: a sign of climate change?

Until recently, evidence led scientists to think that Arctic permafrost was melting at a much slower rate than is the case now. During climate change talks, a stark warning was sounded that permafrost thawing could push the Earth's climate past a tipping point. In this clip, find out a bit more about permafrost melting ...

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Check out these weird clouds

Clouds nearly 100 km above Earth's surface? That's weird! Join Mark Horstman in Antarctica to explore noctilucent clouds and the LIDAR technology used to measure temperature in the upper atmosphere. Discover how this top-down study of the atmosphere is providing fresh knowledge about climate change.

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Producing and transferring heat

Students categorise and identify the source of heat production from a range of household items. Methods of heat transfer, including the heat from the Sun, are investigated with activities such as building a solar oven. The video resources provide a safe and easily accessible means of providing demonstrations of producing ...

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Energy-efficient house: information

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined ...

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Energy-efficient house: explore design

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. Examine how the house design can be changed to suit a local climate. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Energy-efficient house: build for performance

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. Build a house with maximum energy efficiency by adjusting key design variables. Change the house design ...

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Energy-efficient house: build for value

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. Build a house to maximise the financial return of design features. Investigate initial costs and cost savings ...

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Earth Alert

Tune in to a television program exploring environmental issues. Solve four ecological problems involving pest animals and humans: domestic cats, European wasps, sea stars and rural drivers. Get tips for solving environmental problems in your local area.

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Slime emergency

Restart the engine of a spaceship. Identify four materials that can be used as a liquid fuel. Test the state of materials at different temperatures.

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Reacting to emergencies

Operate controls for a simulated nuclear reactor. Regulate coolant flow and position of control rods. Respond to mechanical failures and other emergencies. Ensure safe operation and avoid a meltdown. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.

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Energy-efficient house

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. Build a house with maximum energy efficiency by adjusting key design variables. Change the house design ...

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Energy - senior years

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - forms of energy; energy conversions; and energy management. Learning objects enable students to build energy-efficient cars; consider environmental and economic implications of a range of energy sources including solar and wind; operate ...

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'Aircraft factory now makes steel houses', 1946 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from the middle of an item in the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review, released in cinemas on 31 May 1946. It shows workmen assembling a prefabricated steel home in the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, erecting the roof, hammering in the floorboards and installing insulation and windows. ...

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Low-emission fossil fuel technologies

Find out how carbon emissions from power generation can be reduced. This is a PowerPoint presentation that deals with the contribution carbon capture and storage can make towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It explains the carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect. Techniques of carbon capture are described and their ...

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NASA's launchpad: cooling off

This a resource for educators detailing a learning program exploring the challenges of maintaining temperatures while living in space, followed by students designing an improved cooling system like those used in spacesuits. Students are introduced to the challenges of living in places other than Earth, as well as learning ...

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First sign of climate change

This is a video resource describing the rapid loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, which has warmed at twice the global rate over the last 50 years. The video features footage of the Arctic and some of the wildlife dependent on that environment, and makes effective use of time-lapse animation to show the dramatic reduction ...

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Climate change

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on climate change. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about climate change, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to teaching Science, with ...