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
“The children were really absorbed, energised and motivated. Fast moving, lots of information and action. Science is alive!!”
“This incursion was very easy to organise. Thanks for your email explaining exactly what was needed! The children laughed and were excited to join in. They sat for a long time and were very focused.”
“Thank you Linda for the organising and answering my many questions. Thank you Mick – the shows were amazing with both the students and the teachers entranced!!”
“Great presentation, very enthusiastic. The children were very engaged and learnt lots about Science. Well done.”
“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.”
“The students really loved the show and were engaged throughout It really involved them in learning
about science. Well done! They loved the fireworks at the end.”
“Great part of 2005 Science Week. Inspired and motivated lots of students to get into science.”
“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.”
“The students responded well to your performance and thoroughly enjoyed participating in the hands-on activities. Your hard work in presenting two dynamic shows were much appreciated by the staff and students. Thank you Mick.”
“Thanks Mick – as usual the show was most educational and thoroughly entertaining. A great motivator as we begin our unit on Energy.”