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Creativity: Fifi Colston

Explore Fifi’s studio and discover how she creates wearable art. Look at aspects such as inspiration, motivation, planning and techniques. Plan a design to communicate a message. Choose objects and materials. Use tools to arrange elements of your design such as size, position and colour. Review and revise your work. Use ...

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Electrifying concert: wiring

Add components to complete electrical circuits: simple, series and parallel circuits. Relate circuit diagrams to actual circuits. See how circuits can be modelled by water flow. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Wiring: the simple circuit

Add components to complete simple electrical circuits. Relate circuit diagrams to actual circuits. Explore the effect of batteries and switches on current and brightness of bulbs. See how circuits can be modelled by water flow. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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How does the number of batteries affect the strength of an electromagnet?

Find out how the strength of an electromagnet depends on the number of batteries connected to it. Choose a particular number of batteries and then test the strength of the electromagnet by inserting it into a container of paper clips. Observe the number of paper clips the electromagnet collects and record this in the data ...

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Physical science: circuits

Build electric circuits using batteries, light bulbs, resistors and other components. Add meters to measure the voltage, current and resistance. Investigate Ohm’s Law. Discover how to find the total resistance of a combination of resistors. Test your understanding by answering five assessment questions.


Circuits - upper primary

This collection of 11 digital curriculum resources is organised in three categories - types of circuits; circuit applications; and conductors and insulators. Interactive learning objects enable students to build and manipulate simple series and parallel electric circuits. Students investigate how current flows, effects ...


Message Stick - Arafura Pearl, 2003: Saltwater Freshwater

The clip shows Kathy Mills talking about her husband David Mills and their relationship. Kathy describes how singing brought them together and became the foundation of their family life. Older photographs and contemporary footage of the family are seen. Their son Robert explains that they are 'straight for each other', ...


Message Stick - Arafura Pearl, 2003: Music

The clip shows the Mills, a Darwin family of musicians and singers. Kathy Mills speaks of her children and their closeness as the song 'Arafura pearl' is sung in the background. Kathy says everyone in the family has 'the music bug'. She says while the Mills Sisters are the 'most known' singers of the family, 'the boys now ...


'Drink to me only with thine eyes', c1920s

This is a well-known love song, the words of which come from a romantic poem written by the English poet and playwright Ben Jonson in 1616. The tune was composed by a Colonel Mellish in about 1770. The singer is the famous 1920s Irish-Australian tenor Alfred O'Shea, and the recording was probably made in the 1920s.


Huia beak brooch, c1900

This is a gold-mounted brooch with chain, made from the beak of a female huia ('Heteralocha acutirostris'), a bird native to New Zealand that became extinct in 1907. There is an engraved floral design on the gold mount. At the proximal end of the beak (the end that attached to the bird), there is a scroll and ball ornamentation ...


Bookcase, c1880

This is a free-standing pine bookcase, measuring 251 cm x 110 cm x 52 cm, made by an unknown craftsman in about 1880. The base incorporates two drawers and a double-door cupboard. The upper part has bookshelves that have been set behind glass-panelled doors. The timber used in its construction is Huon pine, which has a ...


'Koala bowl', 1932

This is a ceramic bowl made in 1932 by Merric Boyd (1888-1959) and decorated by his wife Doris Boyd (c1885-1960). It is a round, reasonably deep container, measuring 15.0 cm (height) x 32.0 (diameter) cm x 30.0 cm (depth), that is quite uneven in shape. The bowl swells at the base and then pinches in below the lip, or upper ...


Chinese proclamation tablet, 1889

This is a black-and-white photograph of a sandalwood tablet measuring 183 cm x 72 cm. The tablet is covered in gesso (plaster of Paris) and gilded gold leaf, embossed with images of birds and foliage, and enclosed in a carved wooden frame (not visible in this image). The Chinese characters are printed in black and the main ...


'Thaal the black eagle, Mal the red eagle', 1994

This is an earthenware clay pot made in 1994 by Thancoupie (1937-). Measuring 29 cm (height) x 32 cm (diameter), the pot is almost spherical with a small, irregular opening at the top. It is covered with bold decorative designs that have been carved into the surface as thick dark lines set against the off-white colour of ...


'Goanna curtain', c1958

This is a single-colour, screen-printed curtain designed by Frances Burke (1907-94) and manufactured around 1958 by Frances Burke Fabrics (1937-94). Measuring 148.0 cm x 161.5 cm, the curtain has a decorative all-over design that consists of a series of regularly spaced, light-toned horizontal bands set against a dark blue ...


'Argyle' chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1898-99

This is the 'Argyle' chair, which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1898-99. Measuring 136.5 cm high x 51.0 cm x 46.0 cm, the chair is made of dark stained oak with a rush seat. It has a very high back consisting of two back splats at its centre and two tapered stiles at either side. An oval-shaped top rail extends ...


Sideboard by E W Godwin, 1867

This is an oak sideboard designed in 1867 by the late-19th-century English architect and designer Edward William Godwin. It was made by William Watt in England between 1867 and 1880. The base consists of a rectangular top with hinged side flaps that are shown fully extended with the supporting struts opened to a 45-degree ...


Suite of armchairs and settee by Thomas Hope, c1802

This is a suite of upholstered wooden furniture, consisting of two armchairs and a backless settee, designed by Thomas Hope in Egyptian revival style and made in about 1802. The materials used include ebonised and gilt beech, bronze and gilt brass mounts, and reproduction silk damask and trimmings. The chairs and settee ...


Colonial Australian collector's cabinet, 1830-40

This is a cedar collector's cabinet made in Australia by an unknown maker between 1830 and 1840. The design consists of a cabinet base with drawers (32 in all) and a superstructure with two shelves - the lower shelf is supported on two tapered turned cedar columns and the upper shelf is supported by two scroll brackets. ...


'Marrawah Ripple - Malibu Swell' cabinet by John Smith, 2001

This is a cabinet designed and made by John Smith in Tasmania in 2001. Measuring 187 cm x 64 cm x 64 cm, the vertical cabinet is made of a Huon pine veneer over a moulded plywood carcass. The door and visible front right side panel are both curved along the common joining edge. The inner surface of the cabinet is metallic ...