Scientific Inquiry

  • Introduction to science (all grades)
    • What is science?
    • Using our senses to investigate scientifically.
    • The scientific method is simple yet powerful – explained in a way that is accurate and wonderfully easy-to-grasp for even the youngest students.

Physical sciences

  • Rocket action (F-2)
    • Investigate the way different objects move.
    • Introduce the concepts of push and pull.
    • Understand how a rocket moves.
    • Students build and fly their own (safe) rockets.
    • Students accomplish learning goals ACSSU033 / VCSSU048.
  • Light (F-2 and up)
    • Where does light comes from?
    • How do you sense light, how does the eye work?
    • Mix light of different colours and notice what happens.
    • Shine light onto and into different materials and observe how it behaves – refraction, reflection and absorption.
    • Light is part of a wider electromagnetic spectrum that includes UV radiation, x-rays, microwaves and radio waves.
    • Students accomplish learning goals ACSSU020 / VCSSU049.
  • Forces and non-contact forces (3-4 and up)
    • Forces, gravity and friction:
      • Notice how objects react when undisturbed, pushed and pulled to uncover Galileo’s principle of inertia and Newton’s laws of motion.
      • Drop, roll and bounce objects under gravity and notice how they behave.
      • Discover some materials slide over each other easily and some don’t to explore friction.
    • Electric and magnetic forces:
      • Surprise and excite students when they levitate objects without touching them using electricity and magnetism.
      • Discover electric and magnetic forces attract and repel
      • Notice magnets attract some materials a lot (ferromagnetism) yet hardly affect others
      • Realise magnetism can generate electric currents and electric currents can generate magnetism.
      • Students make their own electric motor and grasp how it works with their understanding of electromagnetism.
    • Students accomplish the ACSSU076 and VCSSU064 learning goals.
  • What is electricity? (5-6 and up)
    • Students levitate objects without touching them to discover electric charge and electrostatic forces.
    • Introduction to atoms and their parts - charged (and uncharged) particles.
    • Show electrons can be made to flow using chemicals (batteries), light and solar cells, and moving magnets with metals.
    • Learn that power stations use magnetism and spinning wheels with copper coils to generate electricity
    • Students generate electricity and power a radio and lights by riding a bicycle to spin its wheels like the ones in a power station.
    • Accomplishes learning goals ACSSU097, VCSSU081.

Chemical sciences

  • What is the World made of? (3-4 and up)
    • Recap on the concepts of solids, liquids and gases
    • Demonstrates matter is made of atoms and molecules with stunning Physics and Chemistry demos.
    • See that heat is just atoms and molecules jiggling.
    • Introduce the elements and the periodic table.
    • Split a compound into its elements – decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen gas.
    • React solutions to make carbon dioxide.
    • Observe what happens to flames in hydrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide.
    • Students accomplish the VCSSU059, 076, 097, 098 / ACSSU077, 095.

Earth and Space science

  • Earth, Sun and Moon (3-4)
    • Notice Earth is moving and spinning which creates day, night and the seasons.
    • Model the relative sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon.
    • Understand why the Moon has phases.
    • Understand why there are eclipses.
    • Learning goals VCSSU061, ACSSU048.
  • Build the Solar System (5-6)
    • Learn about Earth and the planets in the solar system.
    • Students build a real scale model to grasp how big the planets are and the distance between them.
    • Learning goals ACSSU078, VCSSU078.

Curriculum Enrichment

  • Think BIG!  Measure the size of the Earth (5-6 up)
    • An enrichment session where students really measure the size of the Earth!
    • Explore what is truly big and truly small.
    • Teach the students how to notice the Earth’s surface is curved and not flat without going to space!
    • Take the students on a journey ranging from the world of sub-atomic particles to the edge of the known universe.
  • Sound and music (3-4 up)
    • Students discover things are vibrating when there is a sound.
    • Notice sounds comes from different sources including bars, pipes, strings, skins and plates.
    • Long/large objects tend to vibrate with a low frequency and we hear a low pitch whilst short/smaller things vibrate with a high frequency and we hear a high pitch.
    • Sound is a wave travelling in the air and our ears detect it.
    • Some sounds are noise.
    • Musical instruments are carefully crafted bars, pipes, strings, skins and plates.
    • Learning goals VCSSU049, ACSSU078.