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    CSIRAC Computer
CSIRAC Computer
Worksheet

Here is the CSIRAC Computer National Treasure.

FOCUS QUESTION

What does this object help me understand about Australian history and heritage?

IDENTIFYING THE OBJECT

1. Describe the object. (Comment on such aspects as its size, use, age, condition.)

FORMING HYPOTHESES

2. This object is important because it is associated with early Australian technological development, and our place in the world economy.

What do you think the object helps us to understand about:

  • our national identity
  • our inventiveness
  • our ability to capitalise on inventions?

FINDING OUT MORE

3. Imagine you had to write a short paragraph describing the object and its significance to an overseas visitor. List three things that you would need to find out about in order to create that description.

You will get extra information about this object from the video clip, and the Warren Brown cartoon of it.

COMING TO CONCLUSIONS

4. Now write that short paragraph for your overseas visitor.

ADDING TO NATIONAL TREASURES

5. Imagine that you could add any one object relating to technological development to a ‘National Treasures' list. What would that object be?

Explain and justify your choice.

You might like now to see the video clip on the CSIRAC Computer, or explore the Warren Brown cartoon of the CSIRAC Computer featured in the video clip.
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