Crazy Contraptions school science workshop : Fizzics Education

Crazy Contraptions

Crazy Contraptions

Rube Goldberg would love this!

This school science visit is all about design thinking to apply energy changes, momentum, gravity and friction to time-based challenge. Students will learn teamwork, fine motor and planning skills whilst discovering applications of simple machines such as levers, pulleys, wheel and axles and more.

  • Perfect for applying STEM concepts in a fun environment.
  • The challenge provides an opportunity for fair testing ideas.
  • It is all about applying your imagination to re-purpose objects to complete a task.
  • Opens up discussions on potential vs. kinetic energy and the essential elements of engineering.

In addition, time will be spent ensuring that students understand how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion. Newton would be happy here with this STEM content!

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NSW Science Syllabus Content
A student:

describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

investigates the effects of increasing or decreasing the strength of a specific contact or non-contact force

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (VCSSU044)

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060)

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

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Appropriate for Years 3 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class

10 tables arranged around the room with access to clear wall space

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.

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$495 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop or $540 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop.

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In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your primary school.

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