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Uncommon units – a quick quiz Quiz

by David Shaw, 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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Time to shake brainteaser Brainteaser

by David Shaw, 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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How many hats? Brainteaser Brainteaser

by David Shaw, 13 September 2021 | 3 comments

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Difficulty: Extreme! The geology club was on its way to check out a fault line. As the minibus cruised down the highway, several club members realised they had forgotten their hats.

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Cheers make champs! News

by David Shaw, 2 September 2021 | 0 comments

Crowd of football fans waving flags from the stands.

Have you ever been to a football game? It’s exciting to cheer on your team in a stadium full of fans. But have you ever wondered if your cheers make a difference? With sports being played in empty stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have found that home advantage has disappeared along with the crowds.

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Hungry giraffes brainteaser Brainteaser

by David Shaw, 26 August 2021 | 0 comments

Difficulty: Tricky Kimya the giraffe can eat a bale of hay in 3 days. Little Azizi can eat a bale of hay in 6 days. If they both share a bale of hay, how long would it last?

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15 ways to have fun with food Activity

by David Shaw, 19 August 2021 | 0 comments

Small plate of coconut covered marshmallows

There’s a tonne of science in food. Here are 15 of our favourite food-related science activities to tickle your brain and tantalise your tastebuds!

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Starry banner brainteaser Brainteaser

by David Shaw, 18 August 2021 | 2 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Kirk is designing a banner for an astronomy club. They want to put some stars on the banner, in straight lines.

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Shrinking square Brainteaser

by David Shaw, 5 August 2021 | 0 comments

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Difficulty: Fun Alex has a square of paper, but it’s a bit too big. To make it smaller, they found the middle of each side, and then ruled lines between them. Then they cut off the four corners along the lines, leaving a square in the middle.

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Back of the train brainteaser Brainteaser

by David Shaw, 14 July 2021 | 3 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Ben is driving his train slowly. He realises he’s left an important package in the last car of the train. He needs to hop out of the train, walk all the way to the back to retrieve it, and then walk to the front of the train again.

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A strange solution brainteaser Brainteaser

by Jasmine Fellows, 1 July 2021 | 0 comments

Diagram of DNA, atom, test tube and beaker drawings representing numbers in mathmatical sums.

Difficulty: Fun Arafa was visiting a science centre to attend a chemistry workshop. She’d received a confirmation email that told her to head to the room number represented by a yellow flask. Can you help Arafa find the right room number?

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