Tertiary Catalogue

Science


Presenting Science

Presenting Science

How Scientists Work

After all the work of conducting an investigation, a scientist’s role is not over yet. Essential viewing before concluding their own STEM investigation, this programme introduces students to the many benefits and ways of communicating their...Show More
Choosing What to Investigate

Choosing What to Investigate

How Scientists Work

Exploring the broad issue of urban light pollution through the work of four dedicated researchers, this programme reveals how and why each scientist chose their niche and turned it into a measurable research question. Middle and Senior-secondary...Show More
Considering the Evidence

Considering the Evidence

How Scientists Work

Even the most well planned experiment means little if the evidence collected isn’t properly analysed. Following the progress of four scientists researching the problem of urban light pollution from four different angles, middle and senior...Show More
Collecting the Evidence

Collecting the Evidence

How Scientists Work

Experiments come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have special considerations and constraints that need to be meticulously planned for before any field or lab work can begin. Ideal viewing before undertaking their own STEM investigation,...Show More
Nuclear Power: Risks and Benefits

Nuclear Power: Risks and Benefits

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy generates massive amounts of electricity but also produces highly dangerous radioactive waste. This clip explains waste production in reactors, its treatment and containment and how technology continues to improve safety around...Show More
Nuclear Fission Reactors

Nuclear Fission Reactors

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear reactors contain radioactive fuel that undergoes fission, producing immense heat that drives turbines. Globally, about 10 per cent of electricity is generated this way. This clip details what happens inside a reactor, nuclear fuel and its...Show More
Nuclear Fission

Nuclear Fission

Nuclear Energy

Understanding how nuclear fission produces such vast quantities of energy starts with unimaginably tiny sub-atomic particles. This clip details how fission occurs in radioactive nuclei to release energy. It also explores why the amount of energy...Show More
Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear Energy

The energy produced by nuclear fusion powers stars like our own Sun. This clip examines nuclear fusion, including what occurs at the sub-atomic level and why the energy released by fusion is vastly greater than in nuclear fission. Einstein’s...Show More
Episode 5: Heat Transfer

Episode 5: Heat Transfer

Shedding Light on Heat

In the final episode, we look at the three ways that heat energy can transfer from one thing to another: conduction, convection, and radiation. A heat source is useless if heat energy can't transfer from the heat source to whatever you want...Show More
Episode 4: The Kelvin Scale

Episode 4: The Kelvin Scale

Shedding Light on Heat

In episode four, 'The Kelvin Scale', we look at the temperature scale that is superior to the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales in many ways. Zero on the Kelvin scale is equal to -273°C. And why is -273°C so special? Because that's the coldest...Show More
Episode 2: Changes of State

Episode 2: Changes of State

Shedding Light on Heat

In 'Changes of State', we look at the differences between solids, liquids, and gases, as well as why things change state when they absorb or lose heat energy. We also look at the strange example of carbon dioxide, which doesn't follow the same...Show More
Episode 3: Thermal Expansion

Episode 3: Thermal Expansion

Shedding Light on Heat

In episode three, we look at thermal expansion—the way that substances expand when heated and contract when cooled—and we explain why it happens. We look at how thermal expansion can be a real nuisance, but also how we can put thermal...Show More
Episode 1: Temperature

Episode 1: Temperature

Shedding Light on Heat

In the first episode we get down to the atomic level to explain how hot things are different to cold things, we describe what a temperature scale actually tells us, and we demonstrate how scientists measure the amount of heat energy that water...Show More
Why? The Development of Scientific Theories

Why? The Development of Scientific Theories

How Do Scientists Know...

This video explores the development of scientific theories over time using one of the biggest scientific questions of all time as an example: how did our universe begin? From the static model, to red shift, the cosmological constant, the Steady...Show More
How? The Acceptance of Scientific Laws

How? The Acceptance of Scientific Laws

How Do Scientists Know...

Through an examination of Steno’s Law of Superposition, this video explains the importance of empirical data collection for gathering evidence in support of scientific laws. With the simple and entertaining analogy of pants in a laundry basket,...Show More
The Difference Between Theories and Laws

The Difference Between Theories and Laws

How Do Scientists Know...

The difference between a scientific theory, law and hypothesis can be easily misunderstood by students. This video aims to provide each of these terms with sturdy definitions, supported by a humorous and unlikely example that will be both...Show More
Emerging Nanotechnology

Emerging Nanotechnology

Nanoparticles

Nanotechnology has found its way into our homes and everyday lives. This clip reveals some amazing applications that are part of our everyday lives now, and takes a look nanotechnology in the future and the revolutionary impact it will continue...Show More
Properties of Nanoparticles

Properties of Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles

Nanotechnology has diverse applications and phenomenal potential. This clip examines the properties of nanoparticles and the amazing range of applications – now and into the future. It also looks at some of the risks of this emerging field of...Show More
Measuring Nanoparticles

Measuring Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are tiny bits of material with a diameter between one and 100 nanometres. This clip explores the tiny world of nanoparticles and how their size and structure make them so useful, including the square-cube law and the relationship...Show More
Newton's Laws of Motion

Newton's Laws of Motion

Collisions

Newton’s three laws of motion are fundamental to many aspects of physics, including collisions. This clip covers the laws, explaining each and looking at how they apply to different examples of collisions. Calculations involving force, mass,...Show More
Energy Transfers

Energy Transfers

Collisions

Understanding the relationship between different variable quantities when objects collide enables us to explain and predict their behaviour. This clip looks at quantities including work, force, distance, mass, velocity and kinetic energy. Worked...Show More
Applications of Scalar and Vector Quantities

Applications of Scalar and Vector Quantities

Collisions

Calculating scalar and vector quantities is vital to understanding collisions. Using tennis court action, this clip examines various quantities including initial and final velocity, displacement, acceleration and time. A number of clearly worked...Show More
Physics of Collisions

Physics of Collisions

Collisions

Collisions occur around us constantly. To know how objects behave when they collide, an understanding of some important concepts of physics is needed. This clip features many examples of collisions, and examines how applying Newton’s Laws of...Show More
Episode 2: Measuring Energy

Episode 2: Measuring Energy

Shedding Light on Energy

In this episode, we look at the 'joule', the unit for energy. We look at how much energy is stored in different foods by comparing apples and oranges (normally a no-no) and we discuss how much energy we need to do certain things including nothing...Show More
Episode 3: Energy Efficiency

Episode 3: Energy Efficiency

Shedding Light on Energy

In this episode, we introduce students to the concept of efficiency, which is a measure of how much useful energy you get out of something compared to the amount of energy that you put into it. We answer a bunch of questions including: How much...Show More