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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 secondary 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 activities listed below will be covered during the conference.
  • Upon booking, you will receive a PDF outlining the materials that you can have on hand to make the workshop more interactive. It’s not a problem if you can’t source all of the materials, as we’ll have these on hand for the workshop
  • 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.

If you connect with us via Zoom

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object (ACSSU117)

The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)

The action of forces that act at a distance may be observed and related to everyday situations. (PW2)

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW K to 10 Science Syllabus Content
A student

describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations (SC4-10PW)

discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations (SC4-11PW)

applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion (SC5-10PW)

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum
Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object; Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of Earth (VCSSU103)

Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat, light, chemical energy and potential energy; devices can change energy from one form to another (VCSSU104)

Science Show Demonstrations

Spin spin spin

Once the disks spin they hold their angle due to rotational inertia

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 plus the impact of friction

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

Table cloth pull

An inertia demonstration used in magic tricks

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!

Holly spinning a wheel on her hand

Feedback on this forces school incursion


Appropriate for Years 7 to 10 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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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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$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 a video conference anywhere in the world.

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 high school.

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