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Forces, Friction & Movement

Learn how the 3 Laws of Motion apply in daily life

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  • Wheel spin on the hand
  • Euler disc in action
  • Mega hoberman sphere; colourfull ball of levers
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Learn how objects really move!

In this science workshop we'll look in depth at how push and pull forces act to move objects. Students will be guided by our presenter in exploring what variables impact friction between two surfaces and how this affects an object's movement, as well as rotational forces in a variety of objects. In addition, time will be spent ensuring that students understand how inertia works. Newton would be happy here with this STEM content!


What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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The presenter was enthusiastic and animated about all things scientific... his presentations were exciting for the students. The programmes specifically suited the stage level and worked perfectly. A very valuable resource.

Bourke - Walgett School of Distance Education


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows 

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • The way objects move depends on a variety of factors, including their size and shape (ACSSU005).
  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033).
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076).
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NSW Science Syllabus Content 

A student:
  • identifies that the way objects move depends on a variety of factors (STe-6NE).
  • describes the effect of pushes and pulls on objects that they encounter (ST1-7PW).
  • 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

Spin spin spin Once the disks spin they hold their angle due to inertia
Rocket carts For every action there's an equal & opposite action
Mega hoberman spin As collapsing spheres spin they speed up...why?
Space station twirl Learn how gyroscopes are used on International Space Station
Gyrating gyros Create balance in the gyroscopes with a bit of speed
Skateboard shuffle Investigate push and pull forces
Pendulum swing Does the weight or length of string affect the speed?
Rocket launch Release pressure to make it fly!
Euler's disc A lack of friction allows movement to go for a long time
Magnetic levitators Levitate the magnets and watch them spin with very low friction
Magnet mayhem Investigate the interaction of a variety of magnets
Dropper poppers Store and release energy with a spring!
Vortex fog rings Transfer force with air vortices
Gyro rings Pull the rings up against gravity as they spin
Tornado tubes Make a tornadoes in a bottle.


  • Appropriate for Years K to 4 with a maximum of 30 students per class
  • Access to 1 electrical power socket and 10 tables arranged around the room
  • Chairs are not required
  • 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 for a 90-minute workshop
  • Minimum school science visit cost is $450 inc. GST per day
  • We can also run this as a 60-minute show for 60 students at a cost of $540 inc. GST
  • 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 inquire 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 kits & activities on forces
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  • Explain push & pull forces easily

  • Visual experiments that promote learning

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Spinning gyroscope
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  • Rotational inertia shown simply
  • Classic 1950's science toy!

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Balance bird science toys
Balancing Eagle
  • Explore center of balance & friction
  • Great for classroom discussions!

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Magnetic levitator science toy
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  • Investigate magnetic repulsion
  • Use for friction & momentum lessons

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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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