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Flight or Weather

Flight or Weather

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

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!

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Online Class Version

We’ve run live interactive distance programs since 2010 and are highly experienced in making online classes engaging for students on a variety of web conferencing platforms.

  • All of the same curriculum points will be covered, but the activities may vary from those listed for face-to-face incursions.
  • Our online classes include demonstrations, Q&A, and hands-on activities (you will receive a materials list upon booking).
  • Full child protections are in place
  • We usually connect to classes & homes via Zoom, however if you wish to use a different software we can work with you on getting the connection live.

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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).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

​NSW Science Syllabus Content
A student:

recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources

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

investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface

explains the effect of heat on the properties and behaviour of materials

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

Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life (VCSSU046)

The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (VCSSU048)

Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (VCSSU062)

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object (VCSSU063)

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

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School Testimonials


St Macartan's Primary School

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. The children have many wonderings and further investigating to do. We would definitely recommend Fizzics Education to others and we look forward to future incursions related to our topics.

Malek Fahd Islamic School

The students were engaged throughout the entire performance. The experiments all related well to the programme topic and this added valuable knowledge and understanding to our weather studies at school. A high interest programme of great value to the children's learning experiences...the children really enjoyed your programmes and we will definitely recommend your company to other classes in our school.

Science Show Demonstrations


Shooting compressed air rings over the class - discussion on pressure


Try to blow the balloons apart - explains how air acts on surfaces


Float balls in mid-air, relating curved surfaces to wing design

impossible puff

Why is it hard to blow a ping pong ball out of a funnel?

toilet paper

Demonstration on how the Coanda effect helps planes to fly

Tea bag

Hot air rises. So, what about cold air?


How powerful is atmospheric pressure?


Witness the classic experiment that demonstrated air pressure.


What happens to air bubbles in low pressure environments?

balloon dog

Why does the balloon dog pop in a vacuum?

boiling water

Demonstration on what boiling really means.

Dry ice

How is acid rain formed? Why is it bad for the environment?


Make a tornadoes in a bottle.

An experiment when foam is in a bell jar

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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.

During Social Distancing – Contact us
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