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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sustainable environmentsWhere have the animals gone (2302 KB) pdf document iconTeacher's notes

    A case study approach to analysing how changing environmental conditions have impacted on animal populations. What can we do in the future to minimise this impact?
  • Whip Snakes and Marsh Snakes (236 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Brisbane supports a rich snake fauna, with more than 20 different in the suburbs, peripheral bushland and Moreton Bay.
  • Whirly bird (389 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - instructions

    Make your own helicopter blades to move through the air. How is this similar to some seeds as they spin from the tree? Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • Whirly Bird template (75 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - template

    Make your own helicopter blades to move through the air. How is this similar to some seeds as they spin from the tree? Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • Wild BackyardsOnline learning resource

    Listen to stories of backyard wildlife. Engage in biodiversity assessments, insect collection, digital story making and observe wildlife close to home.

    The resource includes the Backyard Explorer booklets for use by school and community groups.
  • Wild State Teacher Resources (477 KB) pdf document iconDiscover and understand why Queensland has unique animals and habitats in the exhibition Wild State at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. This Teacher Resource provides exhibition information, key teaching points, a glossary, curriculum links and exhibition map.
  • Winton TrackwayWinton Dinosaur Trackway (472 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Lark Quarry Environmental Park, about 113 km south-west of Winton in Western Queensland, is the scene of one of the world's most remarkable scientific detective stories.
  • WormsWorms (426 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Worms are not all the same! There are about 23 major groups of animals (phyla) which people refer to as 'worms'.
  • Yun-Gun (Dugong): As told by Aunty Margaret2 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.
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