Learning resources for Rescue

Search and rescue operations take place every minute, every day, all around the world. From the air to the sea and on land, responsive operations are lifelines to many people in times of need. But what does a rescue scenario really involve? What are the technology, science and skills needed in these situations?

Rescue the exhibition, delves into the world of search and rescue, exploring topics related to rescue techniques, emergency supplies and equipment. Students will engage with exciting hands-on and full-body experiences as they explore Infrared cameras, pullies, materials and their uses, hydraulics, currents, chroma key (green screens), technologies and more.

This exhibition is recommended for students in Prep – year 8.

Key messages:

Technology expands our capacity to rescue
Advancements in technology means rescues are now faster and safer. Breathing apparatus has transformed the work of fire-fighters, radio beacons are fundamental in locating missing persons and infrared cameras allow rescuers to spot casualties even at night. Examples of rescue technology are integrated throughout the exhibition, helping to inform and educate students.

Rescue is a human endeavour
Rescues would be impossible without the brave people who perform them – many of whom push themselves to extremes both physically and mentally. Rescuers are highly trained members of teams who work together to produce amazing results. In this exhibition, visitors are encouraged to put themselves in the shoes of a rescuer and examine their own feelings and reactions.

Rescue situations promote innovation and improvements in technology
Rescuers often have to improvise techniques and equipment in unique scenarios. These skills and technologies can then be refined and incorporated into innovative equipment.

Curriculum links

This exhibition supports the Australian Curriculum Science and Technologies learning areas. Various exhibits support the Science sub-strands of Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Earth Sciences, along with the Design and Technologies sub-strands of Technologies and societies and Engineering principles and systems. 

Science links are listed under each exhibit in the exhibit descriptions.

Education Kit

An Education Kit (8879 KB) pdf document icon has been developed to support a visit to Rescue. The Education Kit includes key messages, images and copy for each exhibit, worksheets for lower primary and upper primary, and suggestions for post visit activities. Teachers may copy any material in this kit for educational purposes.

Teacher Preview

Book now for our free Discover more - Rescue teacher program on Wednesday 5th August 2015, 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Teachers attending this preview will go into the draw to win a free class visit to the Sciencentre and will receive documentation to support their Continuing Professional Development requirements. Contact School and Groups Bookings on education@qm.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3840 7608 to book. 

Visiting as a group

With 15 interactive exhibits plus information kiosks, students will fly a helicopter simulator and use infrared cameras to look for the heat signals of missing people, escape a hot, smoke filled room, tackle a climbing wall, explore how rescue technology has developed and more.

Schools and Groups will have 40 minutes in this exhibition, as part of their 2 hour Sciencentre visit.

Rescue - produced by Scitech, Perth, Western Australia.



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