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

Includes activities, online learning programs, games, school resources, fact sheets and more. Some learning resources require the Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded from

Some of these resources are specific to your museum visit experience. Please be aware that exhibition content may change and some elements of these resources may not apply at the time of your visit. If possible, we recommend a preliminary visit for School or Group visit co-ordinators, to inform your planning.

Resource List

  • Energy and ChangeEnergy and Change Machines Challenge (967 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    This unit explores ideas related to science as a human endeavour and explores how machines using energy change processes can create devices that are environmentally friendly and more energy efficient than those currently in use today.
  • Exploring Australian Food WebsExploring Australian Food Webs (2819 KB) pdf document iconQueensland is the most biodiverse state in Australia, with 70% of Australia’s mammal species, 80% of Australia’s bird species, and 50% of Australia’s reptiles and frog species. In this resource you will construct food webs to examine relationships between organisms in a Queensland ecosystem. In this resource you will construct food webs to examine relationships between organisms in a Queensland ecosystem.
  • Exploring Cyclones (1724 KB) pdf document iconQueensland is affected by cyclones every summer. In this resource you will investigate the impact of cyclones on humans, living things and the landscape. You will also use data to predict how the changing climate may affect cyclones in Australia, and analyse a map of Cyclone Debbie, which devastated parts of Queensland and New South Wales in 2017.
  • Exploring Volcanoes (3455 KB) pdf document iconEvidence of past volcanoes can be seen all over the world, including Australia. In this resource you will model two different volcanoes, and explore how and why volcanoes affect Earth’s surface, the environment and human populations.
  • External Features Teacher Resource Booklet (2199 KB) pdf document iconThis booklet complements the External Features kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. It focuses on Year 1 and 3 of the Biological strand of the Australian Science Curricilum.
  • Fact File When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth (159 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    This is one of the educational resources from Queensland Museum’s online learning resource, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity. It lists facts on climate, vegetation and animals of the Cretaceous period.
  • Freshwater Crayfish (302 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Freshwater crayfish are bottom-dwelling opportunistic scavengers. A large part of their diet consists of rotting leaves and other plant detritus. In captivity, they can be fed a wide variety of foods including vegetables, fish food and chicken pellets.
  • Frogs factsheet (1078 KB) pdf document iconThis Factsheet is designed for primary aged children and explains the threats to native frog species resulting from a loss of their habitat, climate change and aquatic competitors like the cane toad.
  • Frogs in the GardenFrogs in the Garden (219 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet

    Brisbane is a haven for frogs. About thirty-six different species have made their homes among the lush, subtropical habitats of the greater Brisbane area.

  • Funnel-web SpidersFunnel-web Spider (755 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Funnel-web Spiders (Family Hexathelidae) are the most dangerous spiders in Australia, and potentially the world.
  • Gecko surveyScience Survey

    Asian House Geckos may be spreading and they may be a growing problem for our own native geckos. So we want your help. Have you seen geckos scampering through your house at night? Take the survey and contribute to science research about where they have spread.
  • Generating Electricity: Past and Present (4562 KB) pdf document iconExplore the past, present and future of electrical energy, including its generation and ability to power movement around our vast state. In this activity, students use visual literacy skills to examine how electricity was generated and used by the rail industry between 1900 and 1940. Students also explore current methods of electricity generation and the environmental impacts of these processes.
  • Giant Wood Moth and Witchetty GrubsGiant Wood Moths and witchetty grubs (287 KB) pdf document iconAustralia is famous for its wood moths of the genus Endoxyla in the family Cossidae. Their fame is partly because their caterpillars are the true 'witchetty grubs' of traditional Aboriginal diet, but mostly from the fact that the moths themselves are some of the largest in the world.
  • Golden Orb-weaversGolden Orb-weavers (241 KB) pdf document iconIn Australia, female Golden Orb-weavers (Nephila spp.) are perhaps our most familiar spiders.
  • Gordian WormGordian Worm (315 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Requests for identification and information about gordian worms are common for Queensland Museum staff during spring and summer (September to February).
  • Managing Microorganisms at the MuseumGrowth and Survival of Living Things: Managing Microorganisms and Pests at the Museum (12611 KB) pdf document iconThe growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment. In this activity you are going to investigate how environmental conditions may be modified to prevent the growth and survival of microorganisms. You will use this investigation to make recommendations regarding museum storage, and how to prevent damage due to pests like bacteria, fungi and insects.
  • Sustainable environmentsHuman impact on populations (1613 KB) pdf document iconHuman impact on native populations is a case study approach to analysing how humans have impacted on animal populations. A series of slides featuring displays from the Queensland Museum's Endangered Species exhibition is presented.
  • The Humpback WhaleHumpback Whales (236 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet

    The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) occurs in all oceans of the world. Its predictable migration routes between winter breeding and summer feeding grounds once made it an easy target for whalers.

  • Huntsman SpidersHuntsman Spiders (266 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    There are 148 described huntsman species in Australia with at least four common species found in Brisbane.
  • In Search of Ancient Queensland (21966 KB) pdf document iconQueensland’s fossil record stretches across some 1.65 billion years and it is preserved almost entirely in sedimentary rocks. Deep weathering and erosion has destroyed much of the fossil record and this is reflected through the variety of locations of fossil-bearing rocks across the state. Did you know that the history of life on earth is told through rocks? Did you know that the history of the earth’s surface can be told by looking at the fossils that have been found from different time periods?
  • Installation of canoe for Awakening: Stories from the Torres StraitVideo
    A centrepiece of our exhibition Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait is the model outrigger canoe constructed in 1970. Here you can see behind the scenes as a team of experts handle the logistics of installing this delicate item for display.
  • Interpreting Fossil Evidence (341 KB) pdf document iconStudent worksheet; Teacher notes

    This is one of the educational resources from Queensland Museum’s online learning resource, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity. It examines fossil bones, teeth, beaks and skeletons and compares them with current species to infer the diet, movement, habitats, and niche of extinct organisms.
  • Introduction to Ocean AcidificationIntroduction to Ocean Acidification (19520 KB) pdf document iconAtmospheric carbon dioxide levels are the highest they have been in human history, and possibly the last 20 million years. The continuing release of this gas into the atmosphere means that more carbon dioxide is being dissolved into the oceans. How does this affect ocean chemistry and marine ecosystems, and what can we do about it? In this resource you will conduct a simple experiment and then complete a design challenge to learn more about carbon dioxide and the oceans.
  • New Farm Volunteer Fire Brigade quadricycleInventions (190 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes
    This activity focuses on aspects of inventions that have contributed to making life easier, more efficient or more sustainable. While this activity uses exhibits found at Queensland Museum South Bank, it can easily be applied to objects found in any museum.
  • Investigating Ocean AcidificationInvestigating Ocean Acidification (1496 KB) pdf document iconMany marine organisms have shells or exoskeletons made of calcium carbonate, including oysters, clams, sea snails, and corals. In this activity you will investigate how ocean acidification may affect these organisms. You will develop and conduct an experiment to test the effect of carbonated water on calcium carbonate, and analyse the results in a scientific report.
  • Jewel Bugs (277 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    In Australia, some Jewel Bugs are referred to as Harlequin Bugs, a name that is applied to several other groups. There are 25 known species of Australian Jewel Bugs in the Family Scutelleridae, part of the large Superfamily Pentatomoidea.
  • Kangaroos and their kin (266 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet

    Australian marsupials that have powerful hind limbs, long hind feet and usually move in a hopping gait when travelling fast are known as the macropods.

  • Keelback SnakeKeelback Snake (303 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The Keelback Snake (Tropidonophis mairii), also known as the Freshwater Snake, is most common near fresh water and remains abundant along Brisbane's inner suburban creeks.
  • Life Cycles (1243 KB) pdf document iconActivity Sheet, Teacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This booklet complements the Life Cycles kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans.
  • Light Reflection Refraction and Absorption (2863 KB) doc document iconA unit of work covering all areas of light in the Australian Curriculum Science for year 5 students.
    Please download additional powerpoint resources to complement this unit. There is also a Queensland Museum Loans Light Kit available from the commencement of term 2 2012, containing all the equipment required for the group rotation activities.
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