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Imperial pie

This activity involves making a cake using a recipe in which the quantities of the ingredients required are measured using a variety of imperial units. To complete the recipe, students need to convert the imperial units to metric units in order to be able to use their metric measuring instruments. The activity serves to ...

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It's an estimate, not a guess!

An approximation is the nearest estimate without having the precise size or measurement of something. See how accurate estimates are made in logical ways using information about many things in our everyday lives.

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Modelling climate changes

There is a saying: 'climate is what you expect and weather is what you get'. |Understanding climate change is very difficult for most people, especially when the weather we experience is different from the information we are given by scientists about the climate changing. The difference is that weather reflects short-term ...

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Heavy vs big

How would you measure and compare the weight of something? Learn why big things aren't necessarily heavy. All you need is something heavy and a lot of something light and you’ll be able to prove that weight is not the same as size.

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40-inch standard-measure line bar, early 19th century

This is a triangular solid-metal 40-inch (1.02-m) standard-measure line bar, made from metal and wood and stored in a polished timber case with a hinged lid. It has an associated stand (not shown). The line bar was used by Captain Henry Kater between 1820 and 1835 and by the Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, between ...

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Measure a tree without using a ladder

What do you do when you need to measure a length, height or distance but don't have a ruler or some other measuring instrument? You can compute linear measurements with surprising accuracy using indirect measurements, proportions and estimations. Learn a nifty trick to measure a tree from a distance.

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The Milky Way

What do you know about the Milky Way? Did you know that there are hundreds of billions of stars in it? Before you embark on your stargazing expedition, watch this video to learn how you can use just your hands and a compass to locate stars in the sky! What is the unit of measurement used when you're measuring distances ...

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How many heads tall are you?

What are non-standard measurement units? Did you know we can reliably use objects in the real world, including our own body parts, to measure things? This concept of anthropometry, the ratios of body measurements, was first proposed by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Rockwell AIM65 computer, 1979

This is an R6500 Advanced Interactive Micro-computer (AIM65), a general purpose microcomputer manufactured by Rockwell International Corporation in 1979. It comprises a processing unit, a small 20-column dot-matrix thermal printer, a 20-character display and a keyboard contained within a brown plastic case.

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Exploring mysterious shapes

Join QuanQuan and Jenny as they explore some weird and wonderful shapes! While watching this clip, think about the sides, edges, surfaces and volumes of the shapes that are demonstrated. How are these shapes different from regular 2D and 3D forms?

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TIMES Module 3: Statistics and Probability: data investigation and interpretation, year 5 - teacher guide

This is a 13-page guide for teachers. In this module, in the context of statistical data investigations, measurement data is introduced and contrasted with categorical data and count data. This module also considers more general examples of count data than the year 4 module.

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Cassowary ecology quiz

Explore facts about the life of cassowaries: physical characteristics; diet; habitat; life cycles; and locations. Interact with graphs to see how much people can help cassowaries. Work through ecology notes and resources. Answer questions as you go; express your answers as fractions. This learning object is one in a series ...