Marvel Villains – Tribute to Stan Lee

Stan Lee December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018 He co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. These are now some of the most iconic and popular figures and the inspiration for 86 released films - that’s 67 live-action films and 19 animated films - released - with another 15+ in production.…
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The Best Australian Books

Thanks to Better Reading  BORROW ME! The Secret River Seven Little Australians The Sound of One Hand Clapping The Engagement Amnesia Mateship With Birds The Man Who Loved Children The Pleasures of Leisure The World Beneath Golden Boys The Great World Five Bells Burial Rites The Bodysurfers Drylands The Turning The Book Thief Questions of…
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Prime Minister’s Literary Award Shortlist 2018

The Awards recognise Australia’s literary talent across six categories: fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult literature, children’s literature and poetry. The judging panels received more than 500 entries this year across the six categories, with 30 titles shortlisted. This year saw entries to the Awards from some of Australia’s most prominent and distinguished authors, as…
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Commuting with Kids

In my family I do the school drop off, pick up and am the taxi to all the various children’s extra-curricular activities. These are not long drives but lately we have been using these snippets of time to listen to audiobooks together. I use the BorrowBox App through the library all the time for myself…
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STEAM Resources: mBots

Using an mBot is a fun way to learn how to code, using an ipad or android tablet. Simply drag and drop your code to create and see your mBot come to life. Start with easy tasks and work your way up to more advanced codes. Basic coding knowledge would be good, but not needed…
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STEAM Resources: Drones

Makeblock Airblock Modular Programmable Drone Kit A 7-piece modular drone that can be turned into a hovercraft, car, spider and more! It is made of light but durable plastic foam so you can bump into walls without making dents. Control it from your Smartphone or iPad via Bluetooth using a freely available iOS or Android…
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STEAM Resources: Bloxels

It used to be that if you wanted to make a video game you would need to know lots of complicated code or own some expensive computer software. Well, thanks to Bloxels, you can build a simple game very quickly with a Tablet and a few coloured blocks (or Blox, presumably). The concept is very…
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STEAM Resources: Edison Robots

Edison is a small, car-shaped robot aimed at teaching coding and robotics to students from age 4 to 16.  It is designed to be LEGO-compatible, affordable, and can be programmed in a range of computer languages including Scratch and Python. Edisons are equipped with sensors for light, sound and infra-red, allowing it to react to…
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