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Meet Dr Keith Bannister: astronomer and engineer News

by David, 11 November 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of Keith Bannister sitting in front of a computer screen.

By Rachel Rayner Dr Keith Bannister knew from an early age he wanted to do something technical with his life. The bedroom floor of his childhood home was usually littered with wires, screws, nuts and bolts.

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Make The Dish! Activity

by David, 4 November 2021 | 0 comments

Paper model of radio telescope with starry background.

By David Shaw and Domonkos Szabo The Parkes radio telescope, turned 60 this week! To celebrate, why not make a model of The Dish?

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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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Spiders use stretchy silk to lift large loads News

by David, 12 February 2021 | 0 comments

A redback spider with a small lizard trapped in its web

Imagine you’re a tangle-web spider, and you’ve just snared a nice big critter for dinner. Sounds great, huh? Except there’s a problem. Dinner is 50 times heavier than you, and it’s trying to escape. What’s a spider to do?

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15 activity ideas for young makers Activity

by David, 24 April 2020 | 1 comments

Pipeleaner and string construction.

You might be stuck at home, but there’s still plenty to make and do! Here are some of our favourite activity ideas for young makers.

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Airbag bang Poem

by Jasmine, 5 December 2019 | 1 comments

Inflated airbag and manequin

Written by Celia Berrell A small steel ball in a short smooth tube held in place by a spring, is the kind of switch that works in a twitch and starts an exploding thing.

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Tension tower Activity

by David, 28 November 2019 | 0 comments

Pipeleaner and string construction.

String is floppy, so it’s usually a terrible thing to build a tower from. But this tower uses tension and string to hold itself strong!

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Paper plane designs Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 4 comments

Now is the perfect time to brush up on your paper plane skills! We’ve collected a few quick and easy designs for you to try, from a looping master to a super-fast dart with a twist.

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Backwards triangle dart Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 1 comments

A pink paper plane with two sets of wings

This paper plane flies quite a bit like a regular dart. But its striking looks make it much more fun. Plus, you get two pairs of wings – front and back – that you can modify!

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Nakamura lock plane Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 0 comments

A blue paper plane with a stubby nose

This is a fun design to experiment with! You can give the plane bigger wings to float more, or fold over the front edge to make the nose heavier. Make a few adjustments and see which modifications work the best.

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