Mister Maker takes a trip back in time to learn about Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, known for his imaginative portraiture that used different fish, meats, fruits and vegetables to represent the subject.
Have a favourite pair of shorts you just can't throw out? Jye from Get Arty teaches us how to make a pattern out of our prised item and keep them alive forever.
Learn about the relationship between art and identity from Larrakia (Darwin) elder June Mills. From screen-printing to traditional techniques and materials, June Mills explains how every nation has its own stories, designs, and ways of sharing knowledge.
Mister Arty and his resourceful Mini Makers use old paper, card, straws, plastics and rubbish to make their very own recycled works of art.
Wheel throwing, intimate objects and learning with your hands, hear from ceramic artist Hayley West about the wonderful world of pottery.
Sally and Conrad's mother, Joan, is called back to the office before a big party. Joan calls sleepy Mrs Kwan to babysit and forbids Conrad and Sally from entering the living room. Shortly after arriving, Mrs Kwan turns on the TV and falls asleep, leaving the kids glum and staring out the window. When a large thump startles them, they go to inspect, finding a large, mischievous, anthropomorphic cat that wants to balance out their fun levels.
The students at Westminster Independent School investigate different sail designs to determine the most reliable shapes and materials. Breaking up into three groups, the students begin by testing what shape provides the most propulsive force and then experiment with different materials to find the combination that is the most effective tensile structure. To carry out your own tests, you'll need a 1L milk carton cut in half, scissors, plasticine, straws, and a variety of materials for the sails.
Junior scientist Lilli demonstrates how engineers investigate the structural integrity of buildings by using a shake table to test stability (seismic performance) during development. To build your own shake table and start testing, you will need a binder, scissors, rubber bands, a pen, bouncing balls and Lego blocks, or similar building materials.
Junior scientists Josephine and Philippa demonstrate how to test your friends' fungiform papillae concentration and determine who amongst them is a super taster. Fungiform papillae are mushroom-like bumps capped with tastebuds on the tip and sides of our tongues and help distinguish the five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (savoury). To start testing, you'll need blue food dye, a cotton tip, a bowl, a card with a 7mm hole punched out and a pad for recording results.
Junior scientist, Carrick, demonstrates how to make green eggs using red cabbage. Sound impossible? Carrick also explains the chemical reaction behind these colourful eggs and how to make other colours with the anthocyanin in red cabbage. To make your own egg creations, you will need eggs, a half red cabbage, a sieve, a bowl, a frying pan, butter, a knife and a chopping board.
Junior scientist Braeden shows us how to build an anemometer and begin collecting data about the speed and behaviour of wind moving around your house or school. Did you know anemometer design has stayed relatively the same since its development in the 15th century? To build this weather instrument yourself, you will need four small paper cups, cardboard, scissors, a ruler, a stapler, a thump tack, some modelling clay, a permanent marker and a pencil with an eraser.
Junior scientist Will demonstrates how to create a homely habitat for your decapod friends. You will need crushed shells, a clean branch, salt crystals, two dishes, a heat pad, a thermometer, an aquarium with a lid and extra shells for the future. Hermit crabs have soft, asymmetrical abdomens that they conceal in scavenged shells, upgrading as they grow. Hermit crabs are also known to use plastic lids or other debris in lieu of mollusc shells, due to increased coastal litter.
Junior scientist Lilli demonstrates how to grow your gummy lollies using osmosis. To do this experiment at home, you'll need some gummy lollies, three bowls, water, sugar, a pen, a rule and some paper for recording your results. Did you know that osmosis is the movement of solvent molecules through a semi-permeable membrane? In this case, osmosis is occurring when the water moves into the body of our gummy lollies.
Tarnishing occurs the outermost layer of a metal comes into contact with oxygen and sulphur dioxide, undergoing a chemical reaction and lightly corroding. Usually found on old silverware, trinkets and statues, junior scientist Elizabeth tests whether you can speed up the tarnishing process using high-sulphide household ingredients. To follow along, you will need four silver items, eggs, garlic, onions, zip lock bags and a pen.
Junior scientists Lucy and Brittany use some cool science to make a delicious snack in no time. To follow along, you'll need milk, vanilla extract, sugar, small and large zip lock bags, rock salt and four cups of ice. Mixing salt and ice creates a frigorific mixture that causes the ice to melt and cool again because of saltwater's lower freezing point. This process of repeated cooling continues until the mixture finds temperature equilibrium, or until the ice-cream is ready!
Take a look at the history of Holden in Australia as the last car to be manufactured rolls off the production line.
Zindzi shows the steps to program Luke the 'train robot' to climb over a hill.
Behind The News explains how schools have evolved in Australia since they were founded by churches, discussing changes in discipline, gendered classes and teaching methods.