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Electricity & Magnetism for Primary Schools


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  • Jumpin aluminium pie plates over a Van de Graf Generator
  • Parallel circuit with lamp and switch
  • Levitating magnet rollers
  • Orange battery
Jumpin aluminium pie plates over a Van de Graf Generator1 Parallel circuit with lamp and switch2 Levitating magnet rollers3 Orange battery4

A hands on workshop where students experience electricity & magnetism first-hand.

OPTION: We can focus only on either Electricity or Magnetism if needed.

The workshop covers static and current electricity, magnetic repulsion and attraction, electromagnetism, simple circuits and renewable energies.

See 100,000 volts discharged in a flash and conduct electricity through the palm of your hand - a 'hair raising' experience! Predict the movement of magnets based on their polarity.
What different types of circuits are there? Race super magnets through conductors and more...

Available as a primary school science incursion within Australia or as a video conference to any school around the globe!
 

SCHOOL COMMENTS
What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Excellent! The students learned lots and enjoyed the day.
Highly recommended.

Granville Public School; Create a Buzz visit

 

Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows 

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

 
  • Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097) 
  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219) 
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. (ACSSU076)

NSW Science Syllabus Content 

A student:
 
  • describes how scientific understanding about the sources, transfer and transformation of electricity is related to making decisions about its use (ST3-6PW).
     
  • describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces (ST2-7PW).

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions
 

Science Workshop Activities

 
Bumper Cars Magnetic North and South Poles in a different way!
Van de Graf hair rise Opposite charges attract, like charges repel...
Magnetic Fields  Observe the iron shapes formed by the magnet
Levitating Larry Why can you make him float?
Circuit Constructor Can you make the bulb light up? What about the buzzer?
Skill Tester Guide your loop along the wire. Don’t be the switch!
Hand Generator Create a buzz with the hand driven dynamo!
Traffic Light Make all of the lights turn on in this electronic puzzle.
Resist the flow What does electrical resistance look like?
Electric Fleas Create a static charge to make them move!
Magnetic Mayhem Place all of the magnetic balls on the square. Good luck!
Sweaty hands There is salt in sweat? Does salt conduct electricity?
The Pendulum Predict which way the magnet will swing
Is it Iron? Discover which materials are attracted to magnets
Electromagnets Make a magnet turn on and off
Lemon Clock Make a clock turn on with fruit power!
Finding North Use the magnet to show where north is
Magnet Racing Race the supermagnets down the tubes, which will win?
Twisted TV How do magnetic fields affect electrical appliances?
Which electricity workshop is right for me?

As we offer a number of electricity workshops it can be a little confusing as to which is right for your class. Please have a look below for a very short description of the different ones available so you can quickly see what would work best for your school. The titles are clickable links to take you to the full workshop description.

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This workshop covers the fundamentals of electricity & magnetism. What is static vs current electricity? What is electromagnetism? What materials are resistors vs. conductors? How do basic circuits work? Most schools choose this school science visit when they want us to spend time at the beginning of their topic prior to having students construct their own circuits later.
 
Electrical circuits
This school workshop is generally chosen when students already have a grasp of how electrical energy is transferred. The focus of this workshop is to arrange electrical components such as lights, batteries, capacitors, switches and more to produce either series or parallel circuits that work.
 
Madlab Electronics
In some ways similar to the electrical circuits program, only this time the circuits themselves are being constructed using soldering irons. The focus of this workshop is learning the skills and techniques used real electronics in putting electrical circuits together. In this workshop they keep the circuits they make.
 
Renewable Energy
The focus of this workshop is to look how electricity can be generated using renewable energy sources (wind, solar etc). These energy sources are compared with non-renewable electrical energy power generation in terms of reliability and their effect on the environment.
 
Are you studying energy transformations instead? 

If your class is looking at potential vs. kinetic energy, how energy comes from the sun as well as how energy can change into light, heat, sound, magnetic, chemical (etc), the most appropriate workshop would be Exploring Energy.
 
 

Requirements

  • Appropriate for Years 3 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class.
  • Access to 3 electrical power sockets and 12 tables.
  • Chairs are not required.
  • Duration 60 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes

Cost

  • $310 inc. GST for a 60 minutes workshop or $390 inc. GST for a 90 minute workshop for 30 students.
  • We can run this as a 60 minute show for up to 60 students at a cost of $420 inc. GST.
  • Minimum school visit cost per day is $390 inc. GST.
  • Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world.
  • Extension: the Electrical Circuits workshop looks deeper into circuit design or try Madlab Electronics where you solder your own circuit to keep.
Call 1300 856 828or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school.
Free 30 minute teacher PD video conference with 2 or more booked science shows.

We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.

For schools outside of metropolitan areas please contact us to discuss how this science workshop can visit your school as part of a regional science visit.
 
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