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

  • Edible Igneous Rocks (837 KB) pdf document iconWhoever said 'rocks are boring' did not use this resource! Learn how igneous rocks are formed by creating delicious igneous rock lollies, identify how the properties of rocks determine how they are used, and use a key to classify different igneous rocks in the Queensland Museum Active Earth loans kit.
  • Electric Locomotive (145 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Diagram of an Electric Locomotive
  • Careers in TourismEmployment & Careers in Tourism (422 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    This program includes a presentation from museum staff. It gives students the opportunity to explore future career prospects with in the tourism industry.
  • Energy and ChangeEnergy and Change Machines Challenge (967 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    This unit explores ideas related to science as a human endeavour and explores how machines using energy change processes can create devices that are environmentally friendly and more energy efficient than those currently in use today.
  • Energy and Change Science Trail: Years 8 to 10 (843 KB) pdf document iconThis trail challenges students to develop their own energy efficient device while exploring the Museum and experimenting with the hands-on science stations.
  • Exploring Australian Food Webs (2813 KB) pdf document iconQueensland is the most biodiverse state in Australia, with 70% of Australia’s mammal species, 80% of Australia’s bird species, and 50% of Australia’s reptiles and frog species. In this resource you will construct food webs to examine relationships between organisms in a Queensland ecosystem. In this resource you will construct food webs to examine relationships between organisms in a Queensland ecosystem.
  • Exploring Cyclones (2647 KB) pdf document iconQueensland is affected by cyclones every summer. In this resource you will investigate the impact of cyclones on humans, living things and the landscape. You will also use data to predict how the changing climate may affect cyclones in Australia, and analyse a map of Cyclone Debbie, which devastated parts of Queensland and New South Wales in 2017.
  • Exploring Volcanoes (2065 KB) pdf document iconEvidence of past volcanoes can be seen all over the world, including Australia. In this resource you will model two different volcanoes, and explore how and why volcanoes affect Earth’s surface, the environment and human populations.
  • Garrett Steam Traction Engine (361 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Fact sheet about the steam engine, Garrett Steam Traction Engine
  • Generating Electricity: Past and Present (4986 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 use visual literacy skills to examine how electricity was generated and used by the rail industry between 1900 and 1940. Students also explore current methods of electricity generation and the environmental impacts of these processes.
  • Gold Diesel No. 1281 (413 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Fact sheet about the diesel engine, Gold Diesel No. 1281
  • Great Railway Journeys of Australia Education Kit (2165 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    Specially designed to provide activities for a younger audience. This kit includes activities to do while visiting the exhibition Great Railway Journeys of Australia and back in the classroom.
  • Growth and Survival of Living Things: Managing Microorganisms and Pests at the Museum (12755 KB) pdf document iconThe growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment. In this activity you are going to investigate how environmental conditions may be modified to prevent the growth and survival of microorganisms. You will use this investigation to make recommendations regarding museum storage, and how to prevent damage due to pests like bacteria, fungi and insects.
  • History of the Teddy BearHistory of the Teddy Bear (358 KB) pdf document iconActivity sheet

    Have you ever wonder why stuffed bears are always called ‘Teddy Bears’. It’s actually an interesting story.
  • Hunslet Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotive (459 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Fact sheet about the steam engine, Hunslet Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotive
  • I Spy TrailI Spy Trail (675 KB) pdf document iconActivity sheet
  • Identify the ThemeIdentify the Theme (226 KB) pdf document iconActivity Sheet

    Match The Workshops Rail Museum exhibition themes with their pictures.
  • Introduction to Ocean Acidification (19520 KB) pdf document iconAtmospheric carbon dioxide levels are the highest they have been in human history, and possibly the last 20 million years. The continuing release of this gas into the atmosphere means that more carbon dioxide is being dissolved into the oceans. How does this affect ocean chemistry and marine ecosystems, and what can we do about it? In this resource you will conduct a simple experiment and then complete a design challenge to learn more about carbon dioxide and the oceans.
  • Investigating Ocean Acidification (1496 KB) pdf document iconMany marine organisms have shells or exoskeletons made of calcium carbonate, including oysters, clams, sea snails, and corals. In this activity you will investigate how ocean acidification may affect these organisms. You will develop and conduct an experiment to test the effect of carbonated water on calcium carbonate, and analyse the results in a scientific report.
  • Life on the LineLife on the Line Education Kit (2348 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    This Education Kit complements the Life on the Line touring exhibition and is specially designed to provide activities for a younger audience.
  • Maglev Locomotive (130 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Diagram of a Maglev Locomotive
  • Marketing & TourismMarketing Tourism at the Museum (580 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    This program includes a presentation from museum marketing and education staff. It explores the techniques used to develop The Workshops Rail Museum into a leading tourist destination. Students can take on the role of marketer in order to create an award submission for the museum.
  • Missing Mail BagsMissing Mail Bags (301 KB) pdf document iconActivity Sheet

    Count the number of missing mail bags and draw a picture of them.
  • Mission Invisible Year Four and Six Students (461 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey into the invisible world. You will discover what Scientists know about the smallest particles that make up all matter and the universe. You will find out how they discover these mysteries and then practice some of their methods to make some discoveries of your own. You will learn how to describe objects that you cannot see when you accept the challenge of Mission Invisible! To succeed in this challenge you will need to use all your detection powers to discover the secrets of the mystery box.
  • Mission Invisible Year Four and Six Teacher Notes (1049 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey into the invisible world. You will discover what Scientists know about the smallest particles that make up all matter and the universe. You will find out how they discover these mysteries and then practice some of their methods to make some discoveries of your own. You will learn how to describe objects that you cannot see when you accept the challenge of Mission Invisible! To succeed in this challenge you will need to use all your detection powers to discover the secrets of the mystery box.
  • Mission Invisible Year Nine Students (180 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey through a series of activities that will further develop your ideas about Atomic Theory beyond the Planetary Model of the atom. The processes of detection of sub-atomic particles are introduced by looking at some historical methods that Scientists have used to discover more about matter and the universe. You will then move on to look at current technologies to find out what Scientists are learning from the Large Hadron Collider experiments. Learning from what Scientists are doing, you will have the skills to finally undertake an investigation of your own, using detector instruments to find evidence of the nature of particles in a sealed container.
  • Mission Invisible Year Nine Teacher Notes (462 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey through a series of activities that will further develop your ideas about Atomic Theory beyond the Planetary Model of the atom. The processes of detection of sub-atomic particles are introduced by looking at some historical methods that Scientists have used to discover more about matter and the universe. You will then move on to look at current technologies to find out what Scientists are learning from the Large Hadron Collider experiments. Learning from what Scientists are doing, you will have the skills to finally undertake an investigation of your own, using detector instruments to find evidence of the nature of particles in a sealed container.
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