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An interactive exploration of forces, pressure and some of the strange thoughts people have had about them through the ages. On a tour from ancient Greece to Einstein we ask: What is a force? Does air ‘push’? Who is this 'Isaac Newton’ guy and what does he have to do with falling over? We explore how forces can be exerted and how they affect movement.


We also give students a first peek at the concept of pressure - how forces can be spread over an area. Are you brave enough to trust your body to science and stretch out on our full-size bed-of-nails? Oh... and we also bring a hovercraft. Because we can.



  • 60 minutes

Number of Students

  • Any

Year level

  • Yr 2 - 7


Access to water during set-up and pack-up, access to electricity, a space large enough to hold the audience with room to move around, access to the venue at least 30 minutes before the start time.


Laying on a bed of nails

Curriculum Links:

Australian Curriculum

This program was designed to support:



Year 2

Year 3

Physical Sciences

A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)


Year 4

Year 7


Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object (ACSSU117)

Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth (ACSSU118)


This program can also support:


Science as a Human Endeavour:

Nature and Development: Yr 2 (ACSHE034), Yr 3 (ACSHE050), Yr 4 (ACSHE061),

Yr 5 (ACSHE081, ACSHE082), Yr6 (ACSHE098, ACSHE099), Yr 7 (ACSHE119, ACSHE223)

Use and Influence: Yr 3 (ACSHE051), Yr 4 (ACSHE062), Yr 5 (ACSHE083), Yr 6 (ACSHE100)

Yr 7 (ACSHE224)


Primary Connections:

Units: "Push Pull", "Smooth Moves"


(units without a link are listed by AAS as being published through 2011-2012. Check the Primary Connections website for more details.)



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Phone: (08) 8396 2250

Email: Click here

If you are emailing your booking request, please remember to include some alternative dates and times.



$4 +GST per student

($200 +GST minimum charge per session)


Travel costs may apply:
$25 +GST per hour, first hour free



100+ students per session:


200+ students per session:


Disadvantaged Schools (Category 1- 4):


Discounts do not apply to travel costs.



An invoice will be delivered on the day after an accurate student count. Payment is due via cash, cheque or bank transfer within 7 days.


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