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"Why is it so?" Revisited!

The Physics of Four Olympic Winter Games: A Presentation

Maralinga Testing: A creative response

Biophysics, Photosynthesis & Prof. Graham Farquhar!

Car Crash WebQuest

 

 

bullet.gif (981 bytes) "Why is it so?" Revisited!

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Cooperative LearningCooperative Learning Activity

 

 

1. "Why is it so? was the ground-breaking TV series with the enigmatic Professor Julius Sumner Miller - ran on the ABC from 1963 to 1986. Professor Miller's infectious enthusiasm for physics delighted, educated and entertained generations of Australians, most of whom have at some point asked each other 'Why is it so?' in the characteristic Julius Sumner Miller voice." (Source: The Lab)

Why is it so
(Source: The Lab)

You are to reinvent this show using experiments from Professor Sumner Miller, Dr Karl, The Surfing Scientist or Questacon. In other words, you are to become Professor Julius Sumner Miller and present one video recorded experiment from these sources.

Resources:

bullet.gif (981 bytes)Dr Karl - Audio - Radio National
Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney, in the Science Foundation of the Physics Department.


Dr Karl
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Surfing Scientist

Surfing Scientist
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Questacon

Questacon logo


Questacon experiments
bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: Results for "Why is it so? Julius Sumner Miller

2. In groups of two or three students, look at the different experiments in the resources. Remember, they have to be a Physics experiment. Choose one experiment to recreate - as a class make sure that each group has a different experiment. Research the physics behind your experiment. How will you explain the Physics in a simple and entertaining way? You are to have fun and express your interest and enthusiasm for the experiment.

Practice! Did it work out as shown in the resources? Why? Why not? Repeat the experiment until you are happy with the way you have become "Professor Sumner Miller"!.

3. Once you are happy with how the experiment worked, you are to divide up jobs -

  • one person to be the "Professor" and present the experiment and the physics behind this experiment;
  • One person sets up the equipment, is mindful of the safety aspects, and directs the video
  • One person to be the camera person

4. Once you have recorded your video, present your experiment through your video to the class. Watch all the groups' videos to know more about "Why is it so" in Physics.

Which group was the best at communicating science?

5. You are to enter your video into a National Prize - The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Eureka Prize

There is a prize pool of $10,000 up for grabs to be shared between the winners and their schools, and finalist representatives also win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.

Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the prize encourages students to explore a scientific concept, discovery or invention, or test their own scientific hypothesis in a 1-3 minute film.
(Source: Australian Museum)

Your entry has to be between 1 - 3 minutes in length so you might need to re-record. Good Luck!

 

 

bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Physics of Four Olympic Winter Games: A Presentation

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

 

 

1. You are going to investigate the Physics behind one of four Winter Olympic Sports: Snowboarding [cross or halfpipe]; Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Curling!

Read the following articles to get an idea of what is involved in these sports: Reading

bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 15 February 2018

The Conversation
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 16 February 2018

The Conversation
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 19 February 2014

The Conversation
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 15 February 2018

The Conversation

2. Now that you have some ideas about the sports - select one to investigate the physics of this sport further.

bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Physics of Curling

The Physics of Curling
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Physics of Curling 17 February 2018

CBC
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Physics of Ice Skating

Ice Skating
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Business Insider 22 February 2014

Business Insider
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Physics of Snowboarding

Snowboarding
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Friction, Energy & Momentum [snowboarding]

Friction
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Physics of Figure Skating

Figure Skating
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Live Science

Live Science

3. You are to use Powtoon or Sway to explain the Physics of your selected winter sport in an entertaining and informative fashion

Powtoon

Sway

 

 

bullet.gif (981 bytes)Maralinga Testing: A creative response

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

IndigenousAustralian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

PhilosophyPhilosophy

 

This is an individual creative response to this topic

1. Have you heard about Maralinga and the Atomic Testing in the 1950s? Read the following articles to get an idea of the topic and its ramifications. Reading

bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 26 September 2016

The Conversation
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 28 September 2016

The Conversation
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Creative Spirits

Creative Spirits
bullet.gif (981 bytes)News 16 September 2016

News
bullet.gif (981 bytes)SBS: NITV

SBS
 

2. Select one aspect from the following list to explore further and present a one minute creative response such as for example: a skit, a poem, a personal reflection, a short story or a drawing/painting.

  • Impact on Indigenous people in the area

  • The difference between fusion and fission

  • The politics of uranium - then and now

  • Radioactive material

  • The Science of Uranium

  • Nuclear waste

  • Nuclear power stations

  • Where can we find uranium in Australia?

  • Impact on the Environment of Maralinga and surrounds

  • The Ethics of Maralinga [lead a class discussion]

 

 

Biophysics, Photosynthesis & Prof. Graham Farquhar!

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Critical and Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and Creative Thinking

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Cooperative LearningCooperative Learning Activity

 

 

1. In groups of 3 - 4 students, you are to create a Quiz about Professor Graham Farquhar from the Information Page and the following from The Conversation 21 October 2015 Reading

The Conversation

2. You are to only use ONE of the tools on this page - Quiz Creation. Examine each tool [see below] and then decide as a group which one you will use to create your quiz.

  • Quizlet

  • Kahoot!

  • ProProfs

  • Quizizz, or

  • Metimeter

3. After you have created your quiz, you are to get another group to undertake it. This means that you will have to explain very clearly what this group is to do to obtain the correct result.

 

 

WebQuests - Research

Car Crash WebQuest

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Critical and Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and Creative Thinking

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

 

TeacherTeacher - a Physics WebQuest with real life implications

 

Car Crash WebQuest

 

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