Physical Phenomena – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 14, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Sports. One of Australia’s true loves! As we know, sports have different balls of different sizes – many that bounce. In this home science experiment, we learn about the laws of physics in a hands-on way using simply a couple of different sports balls laying around your house. Today’s video is all about energy. Energy is neither created nor destroyed (Newton’s law of conservation of energy). The video is all about transferring energy. We look at what happens when you bounce two different balls of different shapes and sizes..and why! You will be surprised by what happens.
Slinky Sound – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 9, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Is this music to your ears? Our world is full of sounds. The science behind sound is just AMAZING. In this super fun video, Dr. Joh explores the science behind sound and how it is created by making her very own musical instrument at home…from a SLINKY! You can try this experiment at home if you have a paper cup and a slinky so get cracking.
Lolly Tower Challenge – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 8, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Here is your excuse to get your parents to grab some extra lollies for the weekend as we challenge you to build the tallest tower of lollies you can using just your brain, some toothpicks and lollies…LOTS of lollies. Ok well, the restrictions of this challenge are only 10 lollies per tower….BUT we encourage you to build many towers 🙂
Paper Chain Challenge – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 6, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Paper. It is one of the most versatile crafting and creating substances around. But did you know that paper is not only amazing for creating with…it can also be used in epic science demonstrations! In this challenge, we ask you to make the longest paper chain you can, using the supplies you have at home. In our LIVE Q+A to follow, we will also do our world-famous MOBIUS STRIP demos that you can try yourselves. It is mind-blowing!
Strongest Boat Challenge – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 6, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Are you ready to tap into your inner sailor? Today’s STEM challenge asks you to build the strongest boat you can using your engineering skills and materials you have laying around the house. Test your creations on the high seas….or in your bathtub!
Balloon Powered Car Challenge – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 3, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Can you build a car powered by nothing but air? This fun and easy challenge asks you to build with materials you already have around your house. Get ready to grab some simple supplies to bring your idea to life!
Static Electricity – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 2, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Our next simple science week video explores electricity…the STATIC kind!
Mini Catapults – Virtual Science Space
Posted on April 1, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Today’s activity is simple science that will give your children HOURS of fun. With just three household items, you will be able to build a mini catapult that gives those medieval makers a run for their money! Ok…maybe not. BUT – this activity is so easy and shows children of all ages some basic physics principles while helping them blow off some steam at home as they test different items to fling near and far. Be sure to download the activity sheet and join in!
Balloon Kebab – Virtual Science Space
Posted on March 31, 2020 by Meg Gibson
What happens when you put a pointy stick into a fully inflated balloon? Does it pop? You will be VERY surprised by some super simple and super fun science we explore in our next at-home science experiment…balloon kebab! All you need is a metal or wooden stick that is pointy and a few balloons of course…preferably one you would normally use to make kebabs on the BBQ.
Cornflour Slime Making – Virtual Science Space
Posted on March 30, 2020 by Meg Gibson
Well, maybe the parents who have to clean it up, but every kid LOVES slime. And guess what? It is SO easy to make at home. We have put together a super simple science experiment for the families at home today to try making their own slime version. Feel free to play with your ratios of ingredients and use some different colours. Maybe record what measurements made your favourite slime consistency and let us know!