Why astronomy matters in times of crisis

It’s about international bonds and inspiration, not just technology. This article focusses on Australian astronomy being carried out right now, and the importance of continuing this work through the pandemic. Use it to demonstrate some history of astronomy and the … Continued

Using a pocket rocket to explore distant planets

Researchers have adapted a miniature rocket, called the Pocket Rocket, to replicate the conditions of distant planets’ atmospheres. This article could be used with students in years 8, 9, and 10 who are studying Physical, Chemical or Earth and Space … Continued

A solar chimney that saves lives and energy

This solar chimney can slash energy costs and now research reveals it could also help save lives in a building fire. Investigate this technological development with students in years 6,7, 8, and 10 studying Physical, Earth and Space, or Chemical … Continued

How much does a koala need to drink?

Possibly a lot more than we thought. This article is suited to students in all years studying Biological or Earth and Space sciences. Although younger students may not be able to read the entire article or answer all questions, extracts … Continued

Queensland dolphins intentionally beach themselves to trap food

Beached as bro! Dolphins in Queensland’s Fitzroy River chase fish onto muddy banks and beach themselves, before sliding back into the water. Use this article to demonstrate an application of specific adaptations and changing ecosystems to students in years 5, … Continued

Timor-Leste cave art could be a link to Australia’s first people

Weathered stencils of handprints made 65,000 years ago suggests some of the first people to Australia could have taken a difficult route. Use this article to show students that scientists gather evidence to refine scientific understanding of events from history. … Continued