These teachers notes and online resources have been developed to support your teaching and learning both at the Museum and in your classroom.
In terms of assisting with planning a visit, the teachers notes provide background and greater context for learning in relation to exhibitions and introduce some of the broader issues raised through the exhibitions.
There are also an extensive amount of online resources that have been developed for students ranging from video case studies of designers and online interactives through to pre-visit exhibition slideshows and access to the Museum’s online collection
Exhibition Teachers notes
Digital Dark Age
Boulton & Watt steam engine
Interface: people, machines, design
Locomotive No 1 - the first train in NSW
The Strasburg Clock model
The steam revolution
What's in store? Shopping in Australia 1880-1930
Theme trails and activity sheets
Activity sheet: Paper 'lace' workshop - activity for K-6
Activity sheet: Lace Study Centre - questions for secondary students
Technology & Innovation Human Ingenuity Visit activities
Technology & Innovation Human Ingenuity Pre-visit activities
Technology & Innovation Human Ingenuity Post-visit activities
SCAMPER design activity
Education kits and Information sheets
How can the Powerhouse Museum help you with your major design project?
Education kit: Sharing a Wailwan story
Education kit: What are the odds? Understanding the risks
Information sheet: Contemporary lacemakers - 3 case studies
Information sheet: Caring for your lace
Information sheet: Lace classification system
Information sheet: Glossary of general lace & lacemaking terms
Online Resources (web projects)
An online guide to innovation in Australia's industries over the last century.
Search our collection
Search and discover objects in our vast and diverse collection.
This interactive database contains thousands of zoomable images and research into the Museum's collection, much of it made public for the first time.
Gambling: calculating the risk
An educational website which helps you learn about mathematics and probability, as applied to common forms of gambling.
Australian designers at work
An educational resource exploring the design process. Meet six Australian designers and learn about how they work
HSC technology syllabus support
Case studies in design, technology and cultural diversity showcasing objects and research from the Powerhouse Museum.
Sydney designers unplugged
Detailed case studies of seven industrial design groups with video interviews. A resource for students and anyone with an interest in design.
PotBiz: the innovation game
Learn how to be a successful innovator as you try to turn an idea for a decomposing plant pot into a profitable business.