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Making a mobile phone disco

Have you ever wondered how sound travels? Watch Ruben Meerman, the Surfing Scientist, as he makes a mini disco using his mobile phone to discover the answer.

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How do you know when rain is coming?

How can you tell when rain is on the way? Some animals seem to know when wet weather is coming. This clip explains some different ways that people can tell it's going to rain.

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A poem about taste

Imagine what life would be like if you couldn't taste anything. This rhyming poem will help you think about the importance of our sense of taste.

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Wet weather in cold and warm climates

Have you ever thought about how rainy weather feels in different places? This short clip talks about wet weather in a cold place and in a warm place. You will hear some children talking about how they feel when it's raining where they live.

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Brainy bees

This six and a half minute video segment from Catalyst shows how understanding bees process information from their compound eyes may help in designing better surveillance systems. This program is useful for discussion of the methods of scientific research into behaviour and perception.

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Sniffing out smells

Imagine living without a sense of smell! Watch as Dr Karl demonstrates how all living creatures smell the environment they live in, and check out his dramatic model that shows how easy it is to permanently damage your sense of smell.

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Hot chilli contest

Why does eating a chilli give your mouth a burning sensation? Watch the fun as Adam and Dr Karl put three contestants through a chilli-eating contest to explain why chillies taste hot. Then discover the secret antidote to chilli heat.

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Ouch, that's hot!

What happens when you touch something very hot? Watch as Dr Karl explains how our central nervous system relays messages to and from our brain. Find out how cockroaches also have a similar system as a form of protection.

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Colour blindness - seeing the world differently

The ability to see colours is an important human trait, but did you know some people's colour vision is impaired. View this clip to discover what it means to be colourblind and how it happens. Find out also about the extraordinary colour vision of the dunnart, and why it is important for this nocturnal marsupial.

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The sweet smell of flower science

Giving sweet-smelling flowers is a timeless tradition, but how does our body respond to flower fragrances? Watch this clip to discover plant chemicals called prolyl endopeptidase inhibitors (PEI) associated with scent. These chemicals promote the production of hormones and a nervous system reaction.

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Light takes time to travel through space

Light travels in waves and carries information as it moves from one object to another. In this clip, people are used to represent the Sun, planets and light rays in order to show that light takes time to travel through space bringing information from those objects to us on Earth. Discover that by the time we receive this ...

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Matching characters: match it: A [Chinese]

Look at sets of similar Chinese characters. Pair up the characters that match exactly. Notice that when characters look alike, they often have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different characters. Build your knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and spoken examples. This ...

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Matching characters: match it: B [Chinese]

Look at sets of similar Chinese characters. Pair up the characters that match exactly. Notice that when characters look alike, they often have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different characters. Build your knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and spoken examples. This ...

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Body parts: taste and smell

Look at how people smell things and taste food. Find out how smells help to warn us of dangerous gases or bad food. See how taste buds on the tongue send messages about flavour: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Test your knowledge by answering multiple-choice questions. This learning object is one in a series of 14 objects.

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Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate the procedures ...

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Primary Connections: Staying alive

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the basic needs of animals and how their senses help them to survive. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an ...

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Primary Connections: On the move

This comprehensive teacher resource explores push and pull forces used to move objects, in ways such as sliding, bouncing and spinning, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations are conducted to observe and gather evidence about rolling objects and explore the idea of fair testing. ...

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Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

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Primary Connections: Weather in my world

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the effect of the air, Sun and wind on weather through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Observational skills and appropriate language to describe the characteristics of weather are covered, as well as how weather affects our daily lives. Seven structured ...

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Why do we explore?

This web resource tells a story explaining the process of exploration, and in particular making links to space exploration. Using a character called Nebula, the story traces exploration from historical perspectives to current approaches. Exploration by NASA of the Moon, living on the space station and using robots and telescopes ...