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Description

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An introduction to the scientific method and the skills used by scientists everyday. Students work together in pairs to hypothesise, test, measure and record. Entirely hands-on, educationally valuable and fun. Activities include a 'Black Box' investigation where students use their senses, scales and magnets to determine the contents of 5 boxes without looking inside; experimenting with buoyancy and weight by building their own cartesian divers; learning about gravity, variables and controls using stop watches and marble-runs; sort materials based on criteria other than the most obvious (colour); learning about observation, categorising and classification in biology using keys and images of skulls. The session will start with a demonstration of a 'scientific model' using our enthralling 'Mystery Tube' apparatus, and (if time allows) end with a demonstration of how controls work in science with the cola/mentos geyser (outdoors, of course...).

 

Time

  • 90 minutes

Number of Students

  • 30

Year level

  • R - 3
Marble track

Requirements:

Access to electricity, and a cleared space at the front. Parent helpers for the younger classes would be appreciated.

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Australian Curriculum

This program was designed to support:

 

Foundation Year:

Science as a Human Endeavour:

Nature and Development: Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSHE013)

Science Enquiry Skills:

Questioning and Predicting: Respond to questions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS014)

Planning and Conducting: Explore and make observations by using the senses (ACSIS011)

Processing and Analysing: Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas (ACSIS233)

Communicating: Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)

 

Year 1:

Science Understanding:

Physical Sciences: The way objects move depends on a variety of factors, including their size and shape (ACSSU003)

Science as a Human Endeavour:

Nature and Development: Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)

Use and Influence: People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

Science Enquiry Skills:

Questioning and Predicting: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)

Planning and Conducting: Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025); Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations, with the assistance of digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS026)

Processing and Analysing: Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS027); Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)

Evaluating: Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)

Communicating: Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

 

Year 2:

Science Understanding:

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

Science as a Human Endeavour:

Nature and Development: Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)

Use and Influence: People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

Science Enquiry Skills:

Questioning and Predicting: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)

Planning and Conducting: Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS038); Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations, with the assistance of digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS039)

Processing and Analysing: Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS040); Through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS214)

Evaluating: Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS041)

Communicating: Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

 

Primary Connections:

Units: "Up, Down and All Around" "Push-pull"

 

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

 

To make a booking just call or email:

Phone: (08) 8395 9586
Mobile: 0430 588 757
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If you are emailing your booking request, please remember to include some alternative dates and times.

 

Cost:

$200 +GST per session

Minimum of 2 sessions

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

 

Discounts:

3 sessions in one full day:

-$10 +GST per session

3 of the same session in one full day:

-$20 +GST per session

3+ full days in 1 week:

extra -$5 +GST per session

Disadvantaged Schools (Category 1- 4):

-$30 +GST per session, no other discounts apply.

 

Payments

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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