Energy and Change – Light, Heat, Electricity, and Forces
(Years 3 to 6)
The light and heat energy from the sun create natural forces in our world. We use this energy to make electricity which is used to make light and heat. Learn about energy with jumping beans, bent light, human circuits, very strong magnets, thunderous hot air, popping water balloons and exploding cornflour. Lots of volunteer interaction.
Energy and Electricity – Magic in the Wire
Electricity is a magical energy that we can’t live without. How does it move? What do we use it for? How is it made? Can we make it in better ways? We explain it all with electricity balls and human circuits, pencil leads that light up, student hand heaters, solar, wind, hydro generators and exploding biomass.
This show has a sustainability focus
Forces and Motion – Feel the Pull
Forces enable energy to be transferred between objects. We will use the forces in gravity and air to drop basketballs, fly planes, launch rockets, test students strength and even break a ruler (ouch!). We also look at some strange friction, some mighty magnets and weird whirling water. Loads of fun
The Light Fantastic – Seeing Our World
Light is the basic energy of the universe. It arrives from the sun in a rush and bounces around, allowing us to see and understand our world. We explore how it can be absorbed, transmitted, reflected, refracted and even bent in circles. How do we make it ourselves and what do we use it for? We examine light and have fun with crazy mirrors, lenses, rainbows, lasers, fibre optics and lots more.
Earth and Space Sciences
Earth and Beyond – Our blue planet
(Year 3 to 6)
Volcano’s, earthquakes, rain, wind and other natural forces are always changing our small planet. The planets of the solar systems rotate and orbit the sun. How do these things happen? Come on a journey to discover the mysteries of earth and the universe. We look at the basic forces that power the universe, make models of the sun, earth, moon and also a scaled solar system. We use toy rockets, water rockets and blasting cornflour to explain modern rocketry.
Materials and Mixtures – A Change of State
(Year 3 to 6)
Discover the magic of chemistry! We examine heating, cooling, melting and temperature. The properties of liquids, solids and gases. Natural and processed materials their properties, uses, ways to change them and a little recycling quiz. Strange mixtures, non-mixers and separations. Have fun with flying t-bags, a blasting blowtorch, the big hammer test, slippery slime and bubbles inside bubbles.
Life and Growth – Needs, features, and Adaptation
(Year 3 to 6)
What the teachers said
“Don’t change a thing! We loved the rapport with the kids. Humour, pace and lots of participation.
An excellent balance of information and entertainment. A great inspiration to follow up an interest in science. See you again soon.”
“All comments by teachers and children attending were very positive. The price was great, as some incursions are getting too expensive.”
“Thank you, a wonderful show – you covered so much in such a short amount of time! The students were very engaged.”
“Science Alive was great. Firm with misbehaviour, fun, surprising, humorous and educational.”
“Organising was easy, age appropriate, the children really enjoyed it. We will book for future holiday programmes. Thank you!”
“They loved every minute. Perfect for the children and the adults were equally enthralled. Entertaining – engaged with all, we loved the laid back, real Australian style – don’t change a thing. Thank you.”
“With the entertainment value of a stage production and great educational value, Science Alive is fantastic for motivating and encouraging students and teaches alike. Four months later children are still talking about ‘the Science Show’”
“Fantastic! We are looking at doing all the topics covered by Science Alive.”
“It was terrific. The kids were very excited and entertained, even the Year 8 to 10s. Mick was a pleasure to watch as he is so enthusiastic about his job. Thanks for travelling all this way.”
“Thanks Mick – as usual the show was most educational and thoroughly entertaining. A great motivator as we begin our unit on Energy.”