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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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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:

ST1-10ES-S
recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources

ST2-9PW-ST
describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

ST2-10ES-S
investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface

ST3-6MW-S
explains the effect of heat on the properties and behaviour of materials

ST3-9PW-ST
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

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.

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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

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?

Tornado
tubes

Make a tornadoes in a bottle.

Requirements

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.

Cost

$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

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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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