Resources

Resources for schools & groups, kids & families and adults.

Includes activities, online learning programs, games, school resources, fact sheets and more. Some learning resources require the Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded from www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer.

Some of these resources are specific to your museum visit experience. Please be aware that exhibition content may change and some elements of these resources may not apply at the time of your visit. If possible, we recommend a preliminary visit for School or Group visit co-ordinators, to inform your planning.


Resource List

  • Sustainable energy: you can make a difference (student notes) (65 KB) pdf document iconStudents are invited to construct solutions to the problem of using energy more sustainably for the future.
    This resource supports schools visiting ENERGEX Playasaurus Place
    Requires Sustainable energy teacher’s notes
  • Sustainable energy: you can make a difference (teacher notes) (109 KB) pdf document iconStudents are invited to construct solutions to the problem of using energy more sustainably for the future.
    This resource supports schools visiting ENERGEX Playasaurus Place
    Requires Sustainable energy student's notes
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Environmental controller (650 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to using an environmental controller and data logger. This Picaxe 18X based device can be programmed to store data onboard for later download or interfaced directly for real time monitoring of data.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Intelligent machines (2047 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to intermediate level programming for mechatronics. These environmentally based projects provide a basis for engaging in more sophisticated projects in the context of intelligent machines for a more sustainable future. Suitable for Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Mechatronics (1988 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to using mechatronics as a basis for investigating sustainable practices in resource management. This more advanced unit addresses issues of sustainability through Science and Technology outcomes. This is suitable for Middle School as well as a springboard for senior studies in Science and Technology.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Robotics (880 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to introductory robotic programming activities for mechatronics. These activities include an introduction to various sensor and output devices and provide a basis for further activities in mechatronics. Suitable for Upper Primary and Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Rover's amazing journey (180 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets

    A student's guide to introductory robotic programming activities for mechatronics. These activities introduce basic concepts of programming a robot to solve various maze challenges of differing levels of difficulty. It is suitable for Lower Middle School or students with no previous experience of programming or robotics.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Rover's amazing journey (216 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to introductory robotic programming activities for mechatronics. These activities introduce basic concepts of programming a robot to solve various maze challenges of differing levels of difficulty. It is suitable for Lower Middle School or students with no previous experience of programming or robotics.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living actions survey (69 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets

    A survey that asks questions about what the user does about sustainable living practices. This survey is an activity linked to the Sustainable Living Practice resources.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living knowledge survey (91 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets

    A survey that asks questions about what the user knows about sustainable living practices. This survey is an activity linked to the Sustainable Living Practice resources.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living objects (183 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    Descriptions of objects found in QM Loans Sustainable Living kit. It describes the use of washboards, candle holders, curling tongs, flat iron, orange squeezer, petrol iron, kerosene tins, rolling pins and other artefacts.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living practices (801 KB) pdf document iconStudent worksheet

    A student activity guide to using domestic objects as a basis for investigating sustainable living practices. The unit addresses issues of sustainability through SOSE and Technology Essential Learnings and outcomes. It is suitable for the Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living practices (490 KB) pdf document iconTeacher notes

    A teacher's guide to using domestic objects as a basis for investigating sustainable living practices. The unit addresses issues of sustainability through SOSE and Technology Essential Learnings and outcomes. It is suitable for the Middle School.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable living water usage (744 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s notes

    A data table that shows how much water is used for general household activities. It gives usage as a rate in litres per minute or as a total volume for the activity. It also compares water usage with that of the past and outlines some of the daily activities and chores that were done in previous centuries. This worksheet with notes links to the Sustainable Living Practice resource.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable Objects fact sheet (183 KB) pdf document iconTeacher notes, Student worksheets, Fact sheet

    Descriptions of objects found in QM Loans Sustainable Living kit. It describes the use of washboards, candle holders, curling tongs, flat iron, orange squeezer, petrol iron, kerosene tins, rolling pins and other artefacts.
  • Thaumatrope (430 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - instructions

    Spin it fast. What do you see? This optical illusion tricks our mind into seeing something that is not there.

    Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • Thaumatrope template (29 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - template

    Spin it fast. What do you see? This optical illusion tricks our mind into seeing something that is not there.

    Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • The Camouflage Master (2555 KB) pdf document iconThis learning resource has been designed to allow students the opportunity to get up close and experience first-hand the different life cycle stages of the Goliath Stick Insect, a local resident of many suburban backyards in South East Queensland. A visit to the Stick Insectarium in the Discovery Centre on level 3 at the Queensland Museum is recommended, however it can also be completed in the classroom using additional resources and the links provided in the document.
  • Paddy Bugden's VCThe Courage of Ordinary Men (194 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes

    Learning activities for before, during and after a visit to The Courage of Ordinary Men. This exhibition provides a unique and valuable opportunity for students to utilise three personal stories to investigate the themes associated with World War 1 and the Victoria Cross.
  • The Dingo (234 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The Dingo (Canus lupus dingo) is now considered to be a subspecies of the Wolf. Like wolves, but unlike domestic dogs, dingoes breed seasonally only once rather than twice a year.
  • The Future of Rail: A Design Challenge (2479 KB) pdf document iconExplore the past, present and future of electrical energy, including its generation and ability to power movement around our vast state. In this activity, students design and develop a ‘clean’ train and rail system used to transport valuable collection items between metropolitan and regional museums across the state. Students explore how electricity is used by varied types of trains to complete this design challenge.
  • The Koala (149 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is one of the most familiar native Australian mammals. It is easily recognised by its soft grey and white fur, large hairy ears and black bulbous nose.
  • Threatened Species (3554 KB) pdf document iconThere are nearly 1000 threatened species in Queensland alone, and the extinction of these species has the potential to disrupt whole ecosystems. In this resource you will examine a threatened Queensland animal, and create a Queensland Museum exhibit explaining why this species is threatened, and what you can do to help protect it.
  • TicksTicks - General Information (257 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    There are over 800 species of ticks worldwide, all of which feed exclusively on blood stolen from mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians.
  • Tree SnakesTree Snakes (238 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Although most terrestrial snakes are competent climbers, few species in the Brisbane suburbs are experts. Only three local species are regularly encountered in elevated sites, hence identification of snakes seen up trees or among building rafters tends to be a fairly simple procedure.
  • Un-gaire (Swamp Reeds): As told by Aunty Margaret3 of 11 Listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories relating to Queensland specimens. These stories are about: the turtle, dugong, triggerfish, mussel shell, boobook owl, dolphin, swamp reeds, djan’djaries, welcome songs, missions, and shadowboxes.
  • Verreaux's SkinkVerreaux's Skink (302 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Verreaux's skink (Anomalopus verreauxii) is one of the common burrowing skinks in south-east Queensland and is frequently un-earthed by Brisbane gardners.
  • Water ScorpianWater Bugs and Water Scorpions (293 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Some bugs are predators, usually capturing insects and other invertebrates. Many of these are associated with fresh water. Once the prey is caught it is pierced and injected with saliva. This digests the prey's internal tissues reducing them to a 'soup' to be sucked up and ingested.
  • Sustainable FuturesWater Usage Living Today and in the early 20th Century (744 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet, Student and Teacher notes

    This resource contains a data table that shows how much water is used for general household activities. It gives usage as a rate in litres per minute or as a total volume for the activity. It also compares water usage with that of the past and outlines some of the daily activities and chores that were done in previous centuries.
  • Welcome to the Torres StraitTorres Strait Islanders

    Indigenous to the Torres Strait, the Islanders have a unique origin, history and way of life. Their art and culture differs from that of Aboriginal Australians.

    The Torres Strait Islanders are not one amorphous culture: practices, beliefs, clothing and objects vary between Eastern and Western areas.

    The two main languages spoken are Meriam Mir in the east and Kala Lagaw Ya to the west.
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