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Create a Buzz!

Create a Buzz!

Electricity & Magnetism for Primary Schools

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!

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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).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

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

School Testimonials

Granville Public School

Excellent! The students learned lots and enjoyed the day. Highly recommended.

Kanwal Public School

We would like to let you know that the children enjoyed themselves and there was a lot of discussion afterwards about different activities, especially the 'hair raising' ones. We would also like to let Holly know that she was wonderful, 'outstanding' actually and presented the workshops in such an interesting and engaging manner for the students.  The teachers were very impressed.  So thanks very much!

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Science Show Demonstrations

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.

Create a Buzz
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 for putting electrical circuits together in real electronics. Students can keep the circuits they make as part of this workshop.

Renewable Energy
The focus of this workshop is to look at 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

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.

Cost

$390 inc. GST for a 60 minutes workshop or $480 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 $580 inc. GST.

Minimum school visit cost per day is $480 inc. GST.

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.

Extension: the Electrical Circuits workshop looks deeper into circuit design or try Madlab Electronics where you solder your own circuit to keep.

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Extension Ideas!

Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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