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Resources for schools & groups, kids & families and adults.

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Resource List

  • Sulkies and Gigs Fact Sheet (1077 KB) pdf document iconSulkies and Gigs Fact Sheet
  • Sustainable energy: you can make a difference (student notes) (65 KB) pdf document iconStudents are invited to construct solutions to the problem of using energy more sustainably for the future.
    This resource supports schools visiting ENERGEX Playasaurus Place
    Requires Sustainable energy teacher’s notes
  • Sustainable energy: you can make a difference (teacher notes) (109 KB) pdf document iconStudents are invited to construct solutions to the problem of using energy more sustainably for the future.
    This resource supports schools visiting ENERGEX Playasaurus Place
    Requires Sustainable energy student's notes
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Environmental controller (650 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to using an environmental controller and data logger. This Picaxe 18X based device can be programmed to store data onboard for later download or interfaced directly for real time monitoring of data.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Intelligent machines (2047 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to intermediate level programming for mechatronics. These environmentally based projects provide a basis for engaging in more sophisticated projects in the context of intelligent machines for a more sustainable future. Suitable for Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Mechatronics (1988 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to using mechatronics as a basis for investigating sustainable practices in resource management. This more advanced unit addresses issues of sustainability through Science and Technology outcomes. This is suitable for Middle School as well as a springboard for senior studies in Science and Technology.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Robotics (880 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to introductory robotic programming activities for mechatronics. These activities include an introduction to various sensor and output devices and provide a basis for further activities in mechatronics. Suitable for Upper Primary and Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Rover's amazing journey (180 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets

    A student's guide to introductory robotic programming activities for mechatronics. These activities introduce basic concepts of programming a robot to solve various maze challenges of differing levels of difficulty. It is suitable for Lower Middle School or students with no previous experience of programming or robotics.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Rover's amazing journey (216 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to introductory robotic programming activities for mechatronics. These activities introduce basic concepts of programming a robot to solve various maze challenges of differing levels of difficulty. It is suitable for Lower Middle School or students with no previous experience of programming or robotics.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living actions survey (69 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets

    A survey that asks questions about what the user does about sustainable living practices. This survey is an activity linked to the Sustainable Living Practice resources.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living knowledge survey (91 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets

    A survey that asks questions about what the user knows about sustainable living practices. This survey is an activity linked to the Sustainable Living Practice resources.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living objects (183 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    Descriptions of objects found in QM Loans Sustainable Living kit. It describes the use of washboards, candle holders, curling tongs, flat iron, orange squeezer, petrol iron, kerosene tins, rolling pins and other artefacts.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living practices (801 KB) pdf document iconStudent worksheet

    A student activity guide to using domestic objects as a basis for investigating sustainable living practices. The unit addresses issues of sustainability through SOSE and Technology Essential Learnings and outcomes. It is suitable for the Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living practices (490 KB) pdf document iconTeacher notes

    A teacher's guide to using domestic objects as a basis for investigating sustainable living practices. The unit addresses issues of sustainability through SOSE and Technology Essential Learnings and outcomes. It is suitable for the Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living water usage (744 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s notes

    A data table that shows how much water is used for general household activities. It gives usage as a rate in litres per minute or as a total volume for the activity. It also compares water usage with that of the past and outlines some of the daily activities and chores that were done in previous centuries. This worksheet with notes links to the Sustainable Living Practice resource.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable Objects fact sheet (183 KB) pdf document iconTeacher notes, Student worksheets, Fact sheet

    Descriptions of objects found in QM Loans Sustainable Living kit. It describes the use of washboards, candle holders, curling tongs, flat iron, orange squeezer, petrol iron, kerosene tins, rolling pins and other artefacts.
  • Swimming CrabSwimming crabsVideo
    Dr Peter Davie talks about the adaptations of swimming crabs, in particular the Blue Swimmer and the Mud Crab. Adaptations of their claws and appendages are discussed.
  • Part of a Butter ChurnTake One Object (38 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes
    One interesting object can stimulate research in all sorts of directions, but where do you start? What questions do you ask? These pages give some examples of possible curriculum links from objects
  • Thaumatrope (430 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - instructions

    Spin it fast. What do you see? This optical illusion tricks our mind into seeing something that is not there.

    Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • Thaumatrope template (29 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - template

    Spin it fast. What do you see? This optical illusion tricks our mind into seeing something that is not there.

    Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • Paddy Bugden's VCThe Courage of Ordinary Men (194 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes

    Learning activities for before, during and after a visit to The Courage of Ordinary Men. This exhibition provides a unique and valuable opportunity for students to utilise three personal stories to investigate the themes associated with World War 1 and the Victoria Cross.
  • The Dingo (234 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The Dingo (Canus lupus dingo) is now considered to be a subspecies of the Wolf. Like wolves, but unlike domestic dogs, dingoes breed seasonally only once rather than twice a year.
  • The Koala (149 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is one of the most familiar native Australian mammals. It is easily recognised by its soft grey and white fur, large hairy ears and black bulbous nose.
  • The Line UpThe Line Up (345 KB) pdf document iconActivity Sheet

    Draw a line to match the pictures of the suspects with the description given to police officers.
  • The Story of the Three Dinosaurs (2118 KB) ppt document iconThis is a digital fairy tale about three dinosaurs and is suitable for younger students. It is based on the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and uses Australian dinosaurs as characters. It incorporates textual features including direct speech, speech bubbles, and the elements of conflict and resolution. It also includes factual information about the Australian dinosaurs upon which the characters are based.
  • Special Car 445The Vice-Regal Car (Special car 445) (704 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Fact sheet about The Vice-Regal Car (Special car 445)
  • Part of a Butter ChurnThree Step Object Analysis (20 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets
    This is a simple object analysis activity sheet that encourages descriptive language and higher level thinking.
  • TicksTicks - General Information (257 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    There are over 800 species of ticks worldwide, all of which feed exclusively on blood stolen from mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians.
  • Tortoise BeetleTortoise BeetlesVideo
    Dr Chris Burwell talks about the adaptations of tortoise beetles, including both the adult and larval stages. Structural as well as behavioural adaptations of the larvae are discussed This includes the waving of a ‘poo club’ against predator attack.
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