Years 7 & 8

These resources are provided for teachers and students to assist in exploring the Museum. Materials may also be used to assist in the delivery of classroom lessons.

Curriculum-linked trails

Science of Rail Trail

The activities in this excursion worksheet are based on the science stations located throughout the Museum. Through hands-on experimentation, students will develop and understanding of energy and change and how these concepts apply to real life and rail related contexts. The activities are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Science for Years 6 to 8 students.

Gear Ratio and Scale Maths Trail – Years 8 to 10

This excursion worksheet is based on the Science Stations and Zone 6: Model Railway in the Museum. The activities cover the mathematical concepts of gear ratio and scale and are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. Students explore these mathematical concepts through hands-on exploration of the relevant science station and viewing the model railway display.  The activities support in-class work on gear ratio and scale.

Energy & Change Science Trail - Years 8 to 10

This trail challenges students to develop their own energy efficient device. Students are able to explore the Museum and experiment with the hands-on science stations to help them design their own device based on the scientific concepts of: magnetic forces; electromagnetism; energy storage; balancing forces; magnetic repulsion; and simple machines. Aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Science, this excursion worksheet is suitable for students from Years 8 to 10.

Curriculum-linked excursion project

Simple Machines

This program of work for Year 7 students explores simple machines and their uses in everyday life and rail-related situations. It consists of a teacher guide and a student workbook, and includes pre- and post-excursion activities. By examining photographs and objects, and visiting The Workshops Rail Museum, students will investigate a number of simple and compound machines in order to develop their understanding of how these machines work, the forces involved, and their functions in daily life. It is aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Science, Technologies and English.