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Light & Colour

Light & Colour

Your classroom is filled with colour as the students learn about properties of light in this fun interactive science workshop

So much science in this school visit!

  • Investigate the visible light spectrum, including colour addition and subtraction
  • Explore luminescent minerals and other objects using ultraviolet light
  • Find out why sunsets are red and learn about colour and energy relationships
  • Make coloured shadows and create hovering images
  • Learn about translucent, transparent and opaque materials
  • Operate zoetropes and flip books to create cartoons
  • Learn about refraction vs. reflection and how to make a telescope
  • Investigate optical fibre and its use in hi-speed broadband technology
  • Find out about your colour vision; can you see all of the spectrum?
  • Mix creative colour-changing chemical concoctions, see illusions and more!

From absorption to reflection, your students will gain a strong understanding of light and its applications in everyday life.

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:

Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020).

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080).​

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content
A student:

describes common forms of energy and explores some characteristics of sound energy

investigates how forces and energy are used in products

describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat

explains how the properties of materials determines their use for a range of purposes

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (VCSSU049)

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

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (VCSSU080)

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School Testimonials


Manly Village Public School

All the Year 1 teachers of Manly Village Public School want to thank you for the interesting and informative Light and Sound incursion that Ben delivered to us yesterday. The children were shown many different examples of how light and sound work such as the Newton's wheel, the slinky and the shadows on the screen. Ben was very professional and enthusiastic and gave simple explanations that the year 1 students could understand. He arrived early and was set up and ready to go at the arranged times. Many thanks for the educational show and we will be sure to recommend Fizzics Education to other teachers in our school and other colleagues.

St. Luke's Grammar School

Ben was great! The session was really relaxed with the kids.

Science Show Activities


Just why are sunsets red anyway? Why not blue or green?

Colour mixing

Mix primary light colours ... why are the secondary colours different to paint?

Bubble Films

See light split through a bubble film. Nice... and demonstrates wave theory

Float that image

Create a 3D floating image hovering in mid-air

Magic specs

See rainbows all around with these diffraction glasses

Glowing rocks

Some minerals fluoresce under UV light... can you identify which ones?

Hidden beaker

Canola oil and this beaker have almost the same refractive index... lets hide it

Talking telescopes

Make a telescope in class

Hide me

Transparent materials are quite difference to translucent ones.

Cartoon capers

Make a number of cartoons work with these zoetropes and flip charts

Optical illusions

Light can be quite tricky, can you spot how they might work?

Mirror boxes

Hidden compartments can create 'magical' illusions. How do they work?

Optical fibre

Pretty.... and it can be used to transport massive amounts of information

Perfect plasma

A plasma ball can demonstrate light energies... and the students love it

Colourful chemistry

Some chemicals react to heat and change in colour... check them out!

Colour vision

Our Director is colour blind... are your students?

Flys eye scopes

What is the difference between human and insect eyes?

Shiny disco ball

Mirrors and light... what more can we say? Send images around the room!

Mega lens

Use this lenticular lens and magnify things, including you.


Investigate how lasers work and see them through a cloud... neat!


Feedback on the light & colour school incursion


The ability to darken the room is essential, choose the best room you have wherever possible

Appropriate for Years 1 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class

10 Tables arranged around a room

Chairs are not required

Access to 3 electrical power sockets

Duration 60 or 90 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
and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your school and the State’s social distancing requirements. Further details here

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Hours of High-Quality videos, printable experiments, quizzes, vocabulary lists,
Scope & sequences, cross-curricular teaching ideas,  marking rubrics & more
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$495 GST Free for a 60-minute workshop or $540 GST Free for a 90-minute workshop.

We can run this as a 60-minute show for up to 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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