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 show was full of energy and information. The presenter was excellent at involving the children.”
“Loved the clear explanations. It made the concepts seem simple to the kids, which is just how we want them to feel about science. The Worksheets are great. Thanks Mick and Linda. We love your work!”
“Your organising correspondence was fantastic. The whole group loved you. We would love to have you back later this year.”
“This is the third time we’ve used Science Alive and we have always enjoyed it. Mick has an amazing way of presenting a lesson. It was interesting, educational, yet entertaining. Great group control! Thank you. We are totally impressed.”
“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 children enjoyed the show and were able to recall lots of ideas. It gave us direction for our energy learning and we found the worksheet ideas helpful for us to design our own.”
“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’”
“It was a fantastic show and definitely value for money. The children and the teachers learned lots and had heaps of fun. Mick was outstanding. Thanks!”
“The children were really absorbed, energised and motivated. Fast moving, lots of information and action. Science is alive!!”
“We have had Science Alive here at our Vacation Care Program many times now and the children always ask to see it again. Mick has a variety of shows which the children love. It is ALWAYS entertaining