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Forces, Friction & Movement

Forces, Friction & Movement

Learn how the 3 Laws of Motion apply in daily life

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:

  • Push and pull forces
  • Which variables impact friction between two surfaces and how this affects an object’s movement
  • Rotational forces in a variety of objects.
  • Inertia & momentum… just what does this mean?

In addition, time will be spent ensuring that students understand how inertia works. Newton would be happy here with this STEM content!

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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).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

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

School Testimonials

The Scots College Sydney

Kate was fantastic yesterday too. A great incursion for the boys! Thank you

Homebush West Public School

All of the students and teachers who attended the 'Forces, Friction and Movement' workshop on Monday thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly the nature of the presenter and the hands-on activities you provided. One of our school focus points is that we encourage our students to be active learners and that's exactly what your program allowed our students to do! Our students were able to actively engage and participate in their own learning and they loved it!

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Science Show Demonstrations

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.


$390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop

$480 for a 90-minute workshop

Minimum school science visit cost is $480 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!

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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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