How we measure length, mass and temperature

The National Measurement Institute has released the next videos in a series of 7 explaining the basic units of measurement.
Photo of Dr Bruce Warrington in front of a Tardis post office box provided by the ABC.

Australia’s Chief Metrologist, Dr Bruce Warrington.

National Measurement Institute’s (NMI) latest video series explain the 7 basic units of measurement simply for kids.

Australia’s Chief Metrologist and head of the NMI, Dr Bruce Warrington travels through time and space in a Tardis (kindly supplied by the ABC) to talk about each base unit. In each video, Bruce discusses how we measure each unit and how it has changed over time.

The first video was on how we measure time the second. Since then, we have released:

  • a second video on the metre
  • a third video on the kilogram
  • the latest video on the kelvin, which is the unit we use to measure temperature

These videos are part of our outreach to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. They aim to make learning about measurement fun, so please share them far and wide, especially with any teachers you know!

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