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Air pressure experiments related to how
the weather works or planes fly!

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  • Balloon in bell jar
  • Flying toilet paper blown by a leafblower
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Air pressure concepts explained visually

See flying toilet paper, shooting smoke vortex rings, exploding balloon dogs, tea bag rockets and much more! Students will find out all about air pressure in this fun science show with strong curriculum links.

Concepts covered:

As this show is primarily about pressure and air it can be tailored to demonstrate how weather works or how planes fly; just let us know which area you would like us to cover on booking this science show.

When presented as a show on the weather:
  • What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important?
  • How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway?
  • What conditions are needed to cause tornados?
  • What causes drought and how can scientists help?

Students will gain an appreciation of meteorology and gain insight into how our climate operates.
Stage 1 students can attend, however in such cases it would best run over 40 minutes due to their limited attention spans.

When presented as a show on flight:
  • How do pressure differences relate to flight?
  • What is the coanda effect and how is this important for the design of plane wings?
  • Specifically, the show demonstrations are designed so that students will understand 4 basic forces acting on flying objects; lift, thrust, drag and gravity.

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

What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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The students at St Macartan's Primary School absolutely loved the incursion on Friday. Ben was engaging and an enthusiastic fascilitator. The students' learning was very evident. We are happy to have participated in the sessions at the beginning of our new unit of work on weather. We would definitely recommend Fizzics Education to others and we look forward to future incursions related to our topics.

St Macartan's Primary School; Weather & Pressure visit


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows 

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity. (ACSSU075).
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface. (ACSSU096).
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. (ACSSU076).
  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another. (ACSSU049).
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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).
  • 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 Show Demonstrations

Air vortices Shooting compressed air rings over the class - discussion on pressure
Bernoulli balloons Try to blow the balloons apart - explains how air acts on surfaces
Bernoulli balls Float balls in mid-air, relating curved surfaces to wing design
The impossible puff Why is it hard to blow a ping pong ball out of a funnel?
Flying toilet paper Demonstration on how the Coanda effect helps planes to fly
Flying saucer Find out how thrust, drag, gravity and lift affect plane performance
Tea bag rocket Hot air rises. So, what about cold air?
Crushing Cans How powerful is atmospheric pressure?
Magdeburg hemispheres Witness the classic experiment that demonstrated air pressure.
Cream expansion What happens to air bubbles in low pressure environments?
Exploding balloon dog Why does the balloon dog pop in a vacuum?
Drink boiling water Demonstration on what boiling really means.
Dry ice column How is acid rain formed? Why is it bad for the environment?
Laser sights How are lasers used in atmospheric research?
Cloud in a bottle How are clouds formed? Learn to read weather maps on the news.
Tornado tubes Make a tornadoes in a bottle.


  • Appropriate for Years 3 to 6 with a maximum of 60 students per class
  • Access to 2 electrical power sockets and 2 tables
  • Chairs are not required
  • Duration 60 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 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.


  • $580 inc. GST per science show performance
  • In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!
  • Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world
Call 1300 856 828or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school.

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 on our science incursions please contact us.

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