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

  • Redback Spider and Brown Widow Spider (241 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet



    Redbacks occur throughout Australia, but are common where the natural environment has been disturbed. They are a particular problem in newly settled suburbs.

  • Rhinoceros BeetleRhinoceros Beetles (284 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    One of the most spectacular beetles in Australia is the Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses).
  • Rhoetosaurus - A Queensland DinosaurRhoetosaurus: A Queensland Dinosaur (231 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    One of Australia's largest dinosaurs was Rhoetosaurus brownei, a giant plant-eater that lived in Queensland about 190 million years ago, during the Lower Jurassic Period (Toarcian Stage).
  • Rodents (271 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Australia is commonly thought of as a land of marsupials. However, it also supports a rich diversity of indigenous
    rodents. All Australian rodents belong to the family Muridae (rats and mice).
  • Scorpions (245 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Scorpions inspire fear and loathing because they can sting and some overseas species are deadly. However, while some Australian scorpions can inflict painful stings, there are no recorded deaths or severe reactions in Australia.
  • Shadowboxes: As told by Alex Bond11 of 11 Listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories about Queensland specimens such as the mussel shell, boobook owl, dolphin, swamp reeds, and djan’djaries.
  • Shell classification activity using a dichotomous key (3598 KB) pdf document iconLearn about classification by taking a trip to the beach! In this activity students use a dichotomous key to identify common Queensland seashells, and learn about the organisms that make shells. To complete this activity, teachers either need to borrow an Invertebrate Classification loans kit from the Queensland Museum, or download the associated shell flashcards, available on this website. More details, and links to the flashcards, can be found on page 2 of this document.
  • Shell classification activity using family plates (2834 KB) pdf document iconLearn about classification by taking a trip to the beach! In this activity students can view 20 photographic plates of common Queensland seashells, and interesting facts about these shell families. This resource can be used in many ways both in and outside the classroom. For example, students can use these plates to identify shells they have found, or to explore the similarities and differences of various shell families.
  • Shell flashcards for students (species not identified) (2963 KB) pdf document iconUse these cards to complete the “Shell Classification Using A Dichotomous Key” activity. These cards show pictures of shells that students identify using a dichotomous key. The species on these cards are not labelled; answers are provided in the “shell flashcards for teachers” file, available on this website.
  • Shell flashcards for teachers (species identified) (1912 KB) pdf document iconUse these cards to complete the “Shell Classification Using A Dichotomous Key” activity. These cards show the identities of the species on the student flashcards. Teachers can download these cards and compare them with student answers after the dichotomous key activity has been completed.
  • SkullsSkulls Kits - Teacher and Student Notes (53 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This resource includes teacher notes and suggested activities for student investigations. These complement the Skulls Kits which can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. The five kit types are: What we eat; How we survive; Skulls: Queensland Birds; Skulls: Queensland: Mammals; and Skulls: Queensland Pests.
  • Squawks in the Night: Nocturnal Animals (5522 KB) ppt document iconAn Early Years teaching slideshow about nocturnal living things and how changes in the sky impact on the behaviour of living things. The content is intended to help deliver aspects of the Australian Curriculum: Biological Sciences – Year 1.
  • Stick and leaf insectsStick and leaf insects (285 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Stick and leaf insects, scientifically known as phasmids, are among the largest insects in the world.
  • Stone ArtefactsStone Artefacts (349 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Aboriginal groups across Australia have manufactured and used a range of stone artefacts.
  • 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.
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