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Coloured cups brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 20 October 2021 | 2 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Scarlett, Azure and Jett were drinking tea together. There was one scarlet red teacup, one azure blue mug and a jet-black tea glass. None of them had a cup that was the same colour as their own name. After a while, Scarlett offered to get the person with the black glass another drink….

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Zig-zag roller Activity

by David, 14 October 2021 | 0 comments

Two cardboard shapes held together with tape, one green, one white.

This weird, wonderful shape is called a sphericon and it has a strange way of rolling. It wiggles back and forth as it trundles downhill!

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Reshuffling cars brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 13 October 2021 | 0 comments

Illustration of Y shaped street with 6 cars labelled A,A,B,B,C&C. The two A cars are in the lower street but want to be in the street on the left. The two B cars are in the left and want to be right and the two C cars are right and want to be on the lower street.

Difficulty: Extreme! Terri runs a car showroom. It has 3 roads to park cars on, which all meet in the middle of the showroom. Terri can fit 3 cars on each road. If she tries to park a fourth, it blocks the intersection in the middle. At the moment, there are 2 Audis on one…

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Studying warming soils with volcanoes! News

by David, 8 October 2021 | 0 comments

Cliff edge with fog rising from lower down.

It’s no secret that the world is warming. Scientists are studying how climate change affects all kinds of things, from icecaps to oceans, and single species to entire ecosystems. And there’s a lot to consider. When was the last time you thought about soil?

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Uncommon units – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 6 October 2021 | 0 comments

Scientists measure all kinds of things, from plants to planets. And sometimes, they invent strange scales to measure things against – as you’ll discover in this quiz!

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Australia wins a million at the ‘Robot Olympics’ News

by David, 30 September 2021 | 2 comments

exploring caves is all in a day's work for this robot! Image: CSIRO

CSIRO’s robotics scientists have a lot to celebrate. They were part of a team that represented Australia in one of the world’s hardest robotics competitions, the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. And they just won silver (and a million dollars).

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Time to shake brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 30 September 2021 | 0 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Last week, there was an earthquake near Mount Buller in Victoria. The shaking reached central Melbourne around 9:16:30, and Canberra at 9:17:30. It’s 120 kilometres from the earthquake epicentre to central Melbourne, and 360 kilometres from the epicentre to Canberra. From the epicentre to Sydney, it’s 600 kilometres. What time did the shaking…

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Balancing acrobat Activity

by David, 23 September 2021 | 4 comments

a paper person, balancing on its head

This simple toy can balance on a table edge or a fingertip. So get your craft on and have some physics fun!

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Preservation – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 22 September 2021 | 0 comments

This quiz is all about preserving things. From sugar to space archaeology, can you save the day by getting these questions right?

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Clucking cup Activity

by David, 16 September 2021 | 1 comments

A person holding a paper cup with string attachment and a musical note in speach bubble above.

Want to surprise your friends and family? With a bit of practice, you can make this cup cluck like a chicken!

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