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Natural Disasters

Explore the conditions that cause disasters on Earth.
From volcanoes to earthquakes to pandemics to meteorites,
this workshop covers major issues in our world.

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  • Model showing plate tectonics, in this case subduction causing volcano lift
  • Tornado in a bottle
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Disastrous science!

A hands-on science workshop where students investigate all manner of natural disasters and the science behind them. Your students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, fire storms, landslides, meteorites and more in this engaging workshop that is sure to get the kids into science! 

What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Lots of hands on activities and great presentations. The activities were appropriate for the levels of students and showed that science is fun 

Enngonia Public School; K to 6 Technology Camp


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface (ACSSU096)
  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094).
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019).
Earthquake detection using a classroom seismograph
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NSW Science Syllabus Content

A student:
  • describes some observable changes over time on the Earth’s surface that result from natural processes and human activity (ST2-8ES).
  • explains rapid change at the Earth’s surface caused by natural events, using evidence provided by advances in technology and scientific understanding (ST3-9ES).

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Workshop Experiment Stations

Fire tornado! A demonstration of vortices found in fire storms.
Bernoulli bags Fast moving air pulls in more air ... causing damage in the process.
Cloud in a chamber Learn how low pressure systems cause clouds and downpours.
Upside water cup Air pressure is stronger than you think!
Pandemic spread Just how do pandemics spread? Sadly all to easily...
Tsunami terror Deformations of the sea floor move oceans.
Tornado in a bottle Model the movement of air in a tornado.
Shaky seismograph Investigate a seismograph in your classroom.
Asteroid impact Potential world changers are in our solar system. How bad is it?
Tectonic Jigsaw Investigate how plate tectonics form our world.
Designing for disaster Learn how building design can limit damage. Especially in grain silos!
Lava viscosity The type of rock involved in eruptions affect how big the eruption is.
Volcano How do they erupt and are they different?


  • Appropriate for Years 3 to 6
  • Maximum of 30 students per session
  • Ten tables arranged in U-shape plus 2 electrical power sockets
  • Chairs are not required
  • Fire alarms off where possible
  • Duration 60 or 90 minutes, set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes
For us to provide the best possible learning experience, the materials used during the presentation may be varied to suit the conditions and the audience. Please chat with our presenter if there is a particular focus that you'd like us to cover.


  • $360 inc. GST for a 60 minute workshop
  • $450 inc. GST for a 90 minute workshop
  • Minimum school science visit cost is $450 inc. GST per day
  • In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

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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.

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Classroom resources for teaching disasters
Tornado in a jar 

  • Investigate momentum in liquids
  • Model tornadoes in your classroom!

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Forces of nature science kit

Forces of Nature science kit
  • Make a volcano model & more
  • Science for the primary classroom!

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Mentos & Coke eruption kit

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  • Erupt a fountain of bubbles!
  • Easily replicate this favourite :)

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Tornado in a bottle connector

Tornado in a bottle
  • Create your own whirling tornado
  • Try liquids of different viscosity.

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Over 100+ Free Online Science Experiments!

  • Fun science experiments that you can do at class or home! 
  • Use for science projects or lesson plans.
  • Step by step instructions make each science experiment fun, safe, cheap and easy to make.
  • There are also links to good science websites, so teachers, parents and students can use this section as an online science resource. 
  • Of course, the science experiments are highly engaging for all kids! 
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1300 856 828

Unit 10/55 Fourth Ave
Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia
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