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A passion for robots

Want to make robots but don't know how to start? Meet the Metal Minds Robotics team. These teenagers from Northern Tasmania got into robotics through playing with Lego Mindstorms. Now they've created STEVE the robot and they're competing in national tech challenges.

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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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Adding two numbers

How many different ways can you think of to add two numbers to reach ten? Watch this video to learn them all!

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Addition using concrete and pictorial strategies

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you how to solve addition problems using counters and pictures. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the addition questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Calculating change using vertical subtraction

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to complete formal subtraction problems that involve regrouping. She will teach you how to regroup multiple times, and she will teach you how to calculate your change when you go shopping.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Addition without regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to complete formal addition problems without regrouping. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the addition questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Biomimicry robots

When you think of a robot, what do you imagine? 'Biomimicry' aims to create robots that are more like forms we find in nature - flexible and pliant, which bend rather than break when confronted with an immovable object. What are the benefits of a robot like this?

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Could robots take nearly half our jobs?

Robots can clean your floor, cook your food, build cars or even go to war. Experts say that within 20 years there could be more robots on Earth than people. How many jobs will humans lose to robots in the future?

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What is an abacus?

An abacus is a tool that helps people solve maths problems. Why might some people still use, and encourage the use of, an abacus when there are more contemporary tools like calculators?

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Can you guess the weight of Uluru?

What is the "wisdom of a crowd"? Mathematician Lily Serna investigates a mathematical phenomenon that suggests that if you have a large enough crowd, with a broad variety of people making estimates, then the mean (average) answer of the crowd will be accurate! Find out if a crowd can guess the weight of Uluru from the ground ...

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Meet the Robot Girls

Have you heard of Robogals? Meet some girl students that are building and programming their own robots. Did you know that women outnumber men at Australian universities but when it comes to courses like engineering, men outnumber women? That's something Robogals is trying to change!

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Subtraction using concrete and pictorial strategies

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you how to solve subtraction problems using counters and pictures. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the subtraction questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Subtraction without regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to complete formal subtraction problems without regrouping. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the subtraction questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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The cool maths behind engineering

What do the New York Times Square fireworks, a parachute jump from space and renewable energy in Denmark have in common? Maths! Check out this video to discover the role maths plays in all kinds of unexpected places.

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Probability and the birthday paradox

Even when a maths problem seems simple – for example, the chance of two people sharing a birthday – the maths can run counter to our human intuition. Mathematician Lily Serna poses a maths problem to the Clovelly Bowling Club: how many people do you need to gather to get a 50 per cent chance of any two people in that group ...

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What are factors?

What are factors? Watch as the jelly babies in this clip show you! What are the factors of 12? How many factors does the number 11 have? Try explaining to a friend what a prime number is.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Subtraction with regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to use regrouping to complete formal subtraction problems. She will introduce you to a helpful rhyme, which will help you when you're trying to solve tricky subtraction questions.

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Addition using a number line

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you the valuable “counting on” strategy to help you solve tricky addition problems. She demonstrates how to use a number line correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Subtraction using a number line

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you the valuable “counting back” strategy to help you solve tricky subtraction problems. She demonstrates how to use a number line correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Calculate your compost

Watch this clip and learn how to make the best use of your fruit and vegie scraps. What are the three uses Costa suggests? JP Williamson says that, on average, households produce 2.3kg of compostable food waste per week. Can you use this figure to calculate how much food waste your street produces each week? Using your ...