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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!

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:

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:

observes the way objects move and relates changes in motion to push and pull forces

investigates how forces and energy are used in products

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

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)

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)

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

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

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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!

Science Show Activities

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

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

Table cloth pull

An inertia demonstration used in magic tricks

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.

Inertia beads

Self-siphoning beads... how do they work?

Balancing bottle

It's all about the centre of balance!

Book pull apart

The more friction, the harder it is to separate the pages

Nail chair

Its all about spreading out the pressure!

Student spinning a plate on a stick

Feedback about this school workshop incursion on forces


Appropriate for Years K to 6 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.

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

We can also run this as a 60-minute show for 60 students at a cost of $660 GST Free.

Available as an online class anywhere in the world.
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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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