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What happens to your online data?

There is an infinite amount of data online, but where does it all come from? Would you be surprised to learn that every time you go online you're contributing to the creation of new data? Find out how data is created, processed, stored and retrieved online.

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What does it take to make a video game?

It can take many people and many years to create a video game. From project managers to developers, learn about the many different roles in the gaming industry. What kind of skills and knowledge do you think you'd need to be a video game developer or designer?

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How 'binary information' is communicated via the internet

Ever wondered how your photos, emails and messages get sent between devices? Watch as software engineer Tess Winlock explains what binary information is, and how it gets from one place to another. Can you explain what 'bits' are? How about 'bytes'? In the past, binary information was sent using physical systems like semaphore ...

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Working as an automotive engineer

As an automotive engineer, Peter Whitlock combines time at his desk with time behind the wheel. He's responsible for the development and testing of the automatic transmission systems in cars. What are some of the day-to-day tasks Peter performs? Why are they important?

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Learn about Artificial Intelligence with an industrial robot

With the assistance of Baxter, the industrial robot, Raymond Sheh from Curtin University illustrates the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as industrial automation, emergency response and even surgery. He also describes the challenges involved in developing it safely and even takes the time to provide a few ...

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Introduction to Science by Doing: teacher guide

This resource provides teachers with an overview of the Science by doing program including its approach and associated learning materials. It provides teachers with an easy-to-navigate exploration of the concepts used in 'doing' science, the process of working in a laboratory, including safety and equipment, and the underpinning ...

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Introduction to Science by Doing: student guide

This resource introduces students to the Science by doing approach and associated learning materials. It explores the concepts used in 'doing' science, guides students through the process of working in a laboratory, including safety and equipment, and invites students to explore their own learning style. Students can also ...

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Spark: a better way to predict the spread of bushfires

In recent years, new technologies have helped us respond to natural disasters more quickly by providing up-to-date information as it becomes available. What if we could take this one step further with new technologies that can also predict disasters? Learn how Spark, which uses our existing knowledge of bushfire behaviours ...

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Know your robotics materials

Sean, a robotics mentor for FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under', worked on the robot's intake system which allows it to take in the 'boulder', or the ball, so it can then shoot into the high goal or the low goal. What were some of the challenges he faced in designing and building this feature?

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Science by doing: Leading for Change

This professional learning module focusses on leading and scaffolding change for science teaching teams and leaders. It provides skills, understandings and competencies to lead and implement change. The module consists of a DVD that shows a science team meeting demonstrating key ideas related to leading for change, a CD ...

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Making games with Benjamin

Find out why teenage game-maker Benjamin started coding. What is his advice for new game-makers? Why is Benjamin excited about the possibilities that virtual reality (VR) offers for gaming? If you don't know much about VR do some research online. Think about how it will change the playing and creation of games.

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Drones as an everyday reality

There's a race on to turn drone deliveries into a commercial reality. What does reporter Zoe Daniel describe as the "holy grail" for drone makers who have this aim? In this clip Matt Sweeney and his team at Flirtey take some investors out to a drone delivery test site in the Nevada Desert. What are they able to achieve ...

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What makes these paper planes fly?

Have you ever wondered what makes a paper plane fly? Think about the design of the paper plane as well as external factors like the various forces that are at play, then make a list of the design considerations and a list of the different forces.

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Benefits of teamwork in robotics

It takes team work to build robots! Oliver talks about how he didn't know too much about building robots when he first joined  3132 'Thunder Down Under', but by being in a team with others learned a lot of skills. He also talks about sharing ideas, and how valuable it is to make and learn from mistakes with others. Why ...

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What is computer aided design?

Ever heard of computer aided design (CAD)? Evan from FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under' explains what CAD is and how it helps his team to design their robot. Why do you think CAD might be important in engineering?

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Different paper plane designs

How many different paper plane designs are there? Lots! Watch as Dylan Parker, paper plane expert, demonstrates some of his favourites. Notice the way the different shapes and features of the planes cause them to move through the air in different ways. Which one do you like the most? Why not have a go at making something similar?

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What makes the internet run reliably?

Watch this clip to see software engineer Lynn Root and co-creator of the internet Vint Cerf explain what keeps the internet running reliably. When information is sent on the internet, it is broken down into packets that are able to take a number of routes to get from one computer to another. Why might this be important? ...

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Interested in solving the world's future challenges?

Have you ever looked at tall buildings or massive bridges and wondered what keeps them standing? Or have you wondered why these structures have been designed the way they have? Alexandra Devlin is a civil and environmental engineering student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and these are the questions that ...

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Creating computer games

How are computer games made? Find out about the skills and knowledge required to create a computer game in this video. What are some of the roles of the people interviewed? See if you can find out more about what kind of skills and knowledge might be required in each role.

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What is a technology usability specialist?

Have you ever thought about what goes in to making technology products easy to use? Meet Oliver Weidlich, whose job it is to test the experiences of technology users and make suggestions to tech companies on improvements. Why is usability important? Who is it important for? What are some of the activities that usability ...