Activities and Challenge
Make Your Own Straw Rockets- simple air powered rockets
Make a Simple Thaumatrope - instructions, template 1, template 2, template 3
See more on animation at Focus on Animation
Make Kites for Juniors; see talented designer Anthony at Anthony's Kite Workshop. I recommend the "Dove Kite" and "Sun Kite" for juniors.
Make a Boomerang ( doc ) a simple toy made from cardboard, easy to fly. Use 250gsm card (can be purchased by the sheet at stores like Office Work).
Make a Sound Sandwich PDF explore sound with this neat junior activity from Exploratorium
The Oscillating Woodpecker - use potential (stored) energy to create a neat toy, from a world best educator, Slater Harrison also known as the Science Toymaker, modified woodpecker class template.
Make your own Wind Turbine doc yr 2+
Make a paper Wind Turbine Model pdf doc yr 2+
Friction Frog from SBE. I use ladybirds, spiders and frogs for this activity
Friction Ladybird picture (doc)
Thaumatropes - Credit Youtube Uploaded by misselenabad on Jun 28, 2011
Robo Wheel rev up this monster wheel to race it or do freestyle tricks with it. An activity from Design Squad Nation. http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Make Your Own Axel Rover doc - a nice elastic band powered model, see movie opposite >
Easy for juniors Magic Cups (doc)- an energy transfer activity
Magic Cup (video)
Mouse Trap Car (pdf) nice plan from Energy Education Australia Inc. Try extending the spring loaded trap wire using dowel or fibreglass kite rods (up to a metre) This will allow more string to be added, make it easier to manage and go further.
Make a Rail Car - Science by Email activity that works well using magnets from Jaycar
Paper Roller Coasters - order templates for about AUS$20 from this clever website
Fountain of Fun - make a fountain in a bottle with Science by Email
Balloon Rotocopters doc ABC online science lesson plan. See Rostrata Student video and use this lesson from Dr Carlson's Science Theatre video of the Bernoulli Effect explained.
Flying Hydra a fun exercise in static electricity
How to make a Sled Kite website by Tim. Use plastic bin liners to create a classic kite design or go to Anthony's Kite Workshop
How to build a simple model plane at Rubber Power.com
Buzzing Noise Maker - from Steve Spangler's Sick Science
Different Ways to Teach Circuits >>>>>>> see video >>>>>>
AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties -- by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, turning little kids into circuit designers. credit TED. 4 mins
....... Science by Email Lesson How to make Squishy Circuits
...... AnnMarie's Website Make Squishy Circuits
Brain Box 518 activities to do in this simple to use electronics kit. No soldering, just click on parts to complete the circuits.
These tough kits were road-tested in CSIRO’s school program and use press studs to join integrated circuits, switches, motors, LEDs, speakers and more. AA batteries required. (Don't put batteries in the wrong way or you'll be off to Jaycar to find new fuses at 35c each).
Learn about simple circuits in a fun way by making a jitterbug.
Make a Jitterbug doc 10.5 MB- innovative circuits activity, download the movie 9.4 MB or see right >>>>>>
Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits a wonderful interactive activity to learn about simple electronics
NB. Teachers. you will need to experience Blobz Guide before the lesson, it's great fun and was developed by creative genius and multi award winner Andy Thelwell.
All Ages Rosco McGlashen visits Rostrata - Animoto
Sun Painting doc - a must to start any energy program, daily temperatures of +27c required.
Make a Hovercraft doc - using a CD
Make a CD Spectroscope PDF doc and split visible light into a
Visit our page here to help you: Make a Pop-stick explosion
Pop-stick weave chain reaction called the “Cobra Weave Exploding Stick Bomb”
Forget dominoes! Have a look at storing energy in jumbo pop-sticks. There is more than one pattern to use in this energy activity. Learn how to do this
You've Got the Power Video (11 min) outs video from the California Energy Commission. Find the Movie Room and you'll find the video.
Energyville Chevron's Energy Game, what would you use to power a city?
Speed of Sound in Air and Water from www.fossweb.com
Use a lightning rod and sonar in this activity to find out more about sound
What's in a Wave? Learn about sound waves then play the game from Try Science
Slater Harrison's Walkalong Foam Glider
Here is a progress report about these mysterious walkalong gliders that seem to levitate magically from sciencetoymaker Mysterious, Kinetic, Noisy, Do-It-Yourself Science Projects that Entice Scientific Investigation.
see Slater's Video on Walkalong Gliders in the Student Teachers page
Try a Surf an Origami Tumble-wing word doc with templates on-line plans for the new Tumble-wing
See Johnno's Science Walkalong Gliders page
Hover Boards - the excitement is building!
Our SIS (Scientist in Schools) is Mr Kevin Quadros, Electronics Manager at Scitech. This week Kevin invited students from Rostrata Primary, Burrendah Primary and Balga Senior High to attend a Hover Platform Workshop. We will use critical thinking to not just build but propel the boards when we start producing them at school.
Published on Mar 28, 2012 by ScitechWA (32 seconds)
See the plans on Instructables
See the our prototype http://www.johnnosscience.com/animoto-video-display.html
Wave Animation step by step lesson plan page
In deep water, every water molecule moves in a circular orbit and returns to its starting position as a wave passes by.
In this activity, from the Surfing Scientist, students build a simple computer model of a water molecule's orbital motion using standard presentation software. They copy, paste and animate their model to discover the motion of individual water molecules hidden within every wave. SEE video>>>>>
The Rostrata Terminator - simple bionics using large straws
Animation using Zoetropes is by far the best know of the "persistence of vision" toys. Invented in the early 19th century, see Disney video >>>>
Try making Georg Eggers' Zoetrope at "Build your own "Zoetrope"
SIMPLE MACHINES - Kylie and I think this game is five star for learning.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, have created an amazing game These activities are fun to do, and you'll learn a little about physical science, too! Help Twitch do his late-night work in the Museum
Origami Spinning Top
Uploaded by jonakashima on Sep 18, 2011
How to make the origami Spinning Top, designed by Yami Yamauchi
Presented here by Jo Nakashima with permission of the creator
Difficulty level: simple
This is a 5 star website for using origami in the classroom, take a look at the videos.
18cm x 18cm copy paper
Download spiral template for spinning top pdf
Explore orimami https://au.pinterest.com/explore/origami