This section has details of all sorts of different science activities and investigations covering the main areas of ‘physical science’. I can provide classroom workshops for pupils or staff cpd covering all of these areas.
General areas of the science curriculum covered:
Properties of materials
Solids, Liquids and Gases
The Earth, Rocks and Minerals
Purification of materials
Reversible and irreversible changes
Space and planetary motion
Some specific examples:
- Investigating the simple physical properties of a variety of materials provided as sample. Compare, contrast, identify, group and classify. Develop specific tests eg. Conduction of heat through samples, strength testing etc.
- Investigating the air and air resistance using ‘flying fish’, ‘spinners’ and ‘helicopters’. Designing a ‘helicopter’ which falls to the ground in the longest possible time.
- Wind, weather and the water cycle.
- An investigation to find out which type of flooring has the most grip. Which type is safest to use in a bathroom?
- To find out which pair of magnets has the strongest attraction for one another. How much weight can a fridge magnet hold?
- What makes a land yacht go faster?
- Which type of material is best for filtering dirty water?
- To find out which type of cloth is the best for making cycling shorts.
- To find out which type of material keeps the heat in best.
- Which is the gassiest drink cola or lemonade?
- Do boys or girls have the quickest reactions?
- Does the shape of a vehicle affect how far it rolls?
- Which materials are needed to design and make an electrical switch?
- The foaming volcano experiment.
- The coke and mentos experiment.
- Fermentation and the action of yeast.
- Growing crystals.
- Kitchen colour chemistry and simple dyeing.
- Investigating buoyancy and how to design a stable sailing boat. Why is a catamaran more stable than a normal sailing boat?
- Investigating a range of electrical components: Cell, switch, wires(conductors), bulb, buzzer, motor, resistance wire.
- Does the length of a wire have any effect on the electric current flowing in it?
- Conductors and insulators of electricity.
- Bulbs in series and parallel.
- Controlling an electric motor: on/off/speed/direction.
- Designing switches for quiz games and alarms.
- The effect of various foods on tooth decay.
- Light: Sources; Rays; Reflection; Shadows; Colour; Transparent, translucent and opaque materials and their uses.
- Investigating volume, pitch and timbre from musical instruments and sound effects made in the classroom.
- Modeling the water cycle.
- Properties of water; Flow, level, solutions, evaporation etc.
- Modeling planetary motion and eclipses using an orrery model made by the pupils.