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Transportation Though the Ages

Humans are constantly working to develop and improve our technology and understanding. This resource provides step-by-step instructions to help students consider why innovative design and improvement is important. Students firstly identify as many types of transport they can think of and then discuss why new types of transport ...

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Travel Times

Life would be very different today if we did not have modern transport. In this activity, students calculate the time it would take for humans to travel long distances through different modes of transport. They then analyse the impact of these technological developments.

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Wolter and Echberg washing machine, late 1800s

This is a late-19th-century compressed-air washing machine, made by Victorian manufacturers Wolter and Echberg. The machine is made of galvanised steel and has a distinctive rocket-like appearance, with a central drum, in which the clothes are washed, consisting of two cone shapes on either end of a cylinder. On the drum ...

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Sutton panoramic camera, c1861

This is a panoramic camera, designed in England by Thomas Sutton, and one of about 30 produced. The camera lens is made up of two hollow glass hemispheres. The flap on the front of the camera lifts up to allow an image to be taken.

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Thor 'Automagic' washing machine, 1940s-50s

This is an automatic electric washing machine produced in the 1940s or 1950s by US manufacturer Thor, called the 'Automagic'. The machine has a rectangular, box-like shape with rounded edges, a white enamel coating and a green lid. It measures 95 cm x 62 cm x 62 cm.

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Syracuse 'Easy' washing machine, 1920s-30s

This is an electric domestic washing machine of a type that was manufactured by the Syracuse Washer Corporation under the name 'Easy' during the 1920s and 30s. The machine is made from enamelled metal and stainless steel, and features two tubs set in a triangular frame. The larger tub is the agitator tub and the smaller ...

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What is a joggobot?

Robots have traditionally been used to perform tasks that humans don't want to or cannot do. In recent years, however, robot technology has looked at robots as companions. How do you feel about this? Do you think robots could ever replace human or even animal companionship? Why/why not?

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The biggest radio telescope in the world

In the past, astronomers explored the universe with their eyes and optical telescopes, but what they could see was limited. Find out how radio telescopes have revolutionised the way astronomers 'see' the universe, allowing us to explore deeper into space than ever before.Watch this clip to learn about Australia's contribution ...

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Digital Careers: Online producer and content strategist

Have you ever wondered who thinks up new websites and tries out new ideas online? Astrid Scott is a Senior Producer and content strategist in the Research and Development team at ABC Innovation. It's Astrid's job to take a digital idea from initial concept on bits of paper all the way through to a finished website or app. ...

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What can makerspaces offer?

Do you know what a makerspace is? Watch this video and see if you can list some of the skills and knowledge that a makerspace can provide. How important do you think it is to work collaboratively in a makerspace?

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Could cyborgs really exist?

A cyborg is a human or animal body incorporating robotic or computer technology. Could cyborgs ever exist outside film or television? Watch this clip to discover how cyborgs, or cybernetic organisms, are already being used to treat medical conditions like colour blindness. What future applications might there be for cybernetics ...

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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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Rooftop gardens bloom in the city

When city space is at a premium why not retrofit city roofs to incorporate a garden? There are a host of benefits with having a rooftop garden. Discover some advantages of these gardens and how materials behave under different weather conditions.

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Shining the light on a more sustainable globe

Artificial lighting methods have changed with the invention of new lighting technologies designed to be more energy efficient and to reduce the use of resources. Since electricity has been used as an energy source, incandescent and fluorescent globes and, more recently, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used in our ...

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Building models of organic molecules

Have you seen the model of long-chain carbon molecules first developed by Friedrich August Kekulé? This model enabled chemists to make a great leap forward in their understanding of the structure of organic molecules. See how to represent the structure of methane, ethane, propane, butane and octane. Find out how to rearrange ...

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Developing robotic farm machinery

Increasingly, robotic technologies are helping improve agricultural practices. Watch this video about the development of a robot that replaces the need for large scale spray rigs on tractors. What was the problem that farmer Andrew Bate wanted to solve? And what was the research question he posed?  Andrew developed his ...

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Conservation research after the desert bloom

Have you ever heard of the cycle of boom and bust? Learn more about the cycle's impact as you follow a group of scientists who survey plants and animals in a remote desert environment. You might be surprised at their form of transportation. Explore the impact on life during a 'boom' period at Ethabuka Reserve, one of Bush ...

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Zero emission cities of the future

Can you imagine future cities designed to be self-sufficient and to incorporate innovative ways to use new materials and energy systems? Watch this animation to find out how the creation of zero emission cities involves some serious questions about possible social, economic, and political implications. Discover the role ...

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Nanotech rising

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of very tiny particles to create new products, and it has many current and future applications. Explore this rising new field, see many everyday things that use or contain nanomaterials, and find out about some of society's concerns about nanotechnology.

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Light sound action: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials relevant to a study of light, sound, and electricity. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, simulations, video clips, supportive information and notebook questions, and is divided into several parts including sections ...