Primary school incursions

We offer interactive classroom lessons for primary schools, designed for maximum hands-on participation. Lessons are held at your school or venue and run as one-hour sessions.

Topics in 2018

Read more about the available incursion topics below or download the lesson PDF. Victorian Curriculum links can be found within the lesson descriptions.

Programs for Prep - Year 2 students

Chemical sciences

Bend Stretch Twist

Learn how changing the shape and temperature in materials result in dramatic changes in behaviour. Work with amazing materials like nappies and slime. Highly engaging and hands-on.

Science: Objects are made of materials that have observable properties. Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes.

Mixing Matter

Investigate properties of materials by separating mixtures, and combine different materials to find out if new substances are created. Students learn and experience key chemistry concepts using all senses.

Please advise of food allergies, as sherbet is made.

Science: Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes.

Biological sciences

Life Cycles

Discuss and explore what defines a living thing and identify different life stages of freshwater invertebrates in a pond water sample. Best taught in Terms 1 and 4 for greatest waterbug variety.

Science: Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met. Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves.
Geography: Collect and record geographical data and information from the field and other sources.

Jack & the Beanstalk

Discover the secret of magic beans in this activity-packed session. Students will dissect seed beans, investigate germination, and use microscopes to explore the secret world of plants.

Science: Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met.

Dinosaur Detectives 

Become a palaeontologist and examine our special fossil collection. Make casts of real fossils and discover what we can learn from ancient teeth and claws.

Earth and space sciences

Our Blue Marble

Explore how Planet Earth is ideal for supporting life within the Solar System with its temperature, atmosphere, and water cycle. Students learn about how planets rotate and orbit, they measure temperature, experience air pressure and snow, and make their own planets in a cup.

Science: Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily seasonal changes affect everyday life.

Earth’s Resources

What do we dig up from the Earth? Students identify samples from Australian mines and work out the uses of these minerals in our everyday lives. We can’t keep digging up and chopping down Earth’s resources forever, so students work in groups to make their own recycled paper.

Physical sciences

Toys in Motion

Explore forces and motion through the properties of toys. By the end of the session, students will understand the concepts of push, pull, friction and gravity. Link scientific language to familiar experiences and observations.

Science: The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape.

Sound and Light

Students learn to explain how they see and hear. Through hands-on activities, the students explore how light and sound travel, bounce and move through objects. Try to catch a rainbow!

Human body

Meet Mr Bones

Learn to name bones in the body, explore what makes bones strong, and identify real skeletons of animals in this popular session.

Health and PE: Name parts of the body and describe how their body is growing and changing.

Digestive System

Follow food along the digestive tract, and learn about how we taste, digest, and move food along our gut. Make poo to understand why it is important to eat enough vegetables. Touch real animal tongues and stomachs!

Health and PE: Name parts of the body and describe how their body is growing and changing.

Technologies

Bee Bots

How do we speak to robots? Students communicate with the robots and give them instructions to complete simple tasks. An introduction to robotics and programming for students.

Edison Robotics

How do we speak to robots? Students communicate with the robots and give them instructions to complete simple tasks.

Programs for Year 3 - 4 students

Chemical sciences

States of Matter

Learn about the kinetic theory of matter and the five states of matter by engaging all senses. Students gain experience knowledge from explosions, dancing colour, coloured flames and temperature-sensitive liquid crystals. A powerful and fast- paced session in the world of atoms and molecules! Key to students’ understanding of the world we live in.

Science: A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat.

Plastic Fantastic

Explore the world of plastics and learn which of these are dangerous for storing food. Students make their own plastic and will be impressed by the amazing shrinking plastic. Go beyond looking at plastics as waste materials that can be recycled.

Science: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use.

Dry Ice Chemistry

Learn about carbon dioxide in its different forms and experience first-hand the energy of atoms and molecules as dry ice changes states. Fast-paced and activity-filled, students explore concepts of condensation and sublimation through exciting activities.

Science: A change in state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat.

Hot! Hot!

Learn what heat is, the different ways it is produced, and how heat can be transferred through cleverly designed activities and exciting demonstrations. This session covers everything your students need to know about the physics of heat.

Science: Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object.

 

Biological sciences

Freshwater Habitat

Investigate different pond water samples to identify freshwater invertebrates. Discuss the needs of animals that live in a pond. Learn about and distinguish between living and non-living factors that influence life in a freshwater environment. Best conducted in Terms 1 and 4 for greatest variety of waterbugs.

  • Science: Different things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive.
  • Geography: Collect and record relevant geographical data and information from the field and other sources.
  • Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably.

Secret Life of Plants

Discover the secret of magic beans in this activity-packed session. Students will identify and dissect seeds, and find out how plants can take over the world.

 

Earth and space sciences

Our Place in Space

Learn the latest in space science as students travel into outer space to understand planetary rotations and orbits, model the gravitational effects of our Moon, and use the language of numbers to understand the wonders of our Universe.

Science: Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day.

Natural Disasters

Explore layers within the Earth, tectonic plate movement, and the causes of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Take part in hands-on activities that teach about Earth’s mantle layer and its movement.

Science: Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.

 

Physical sciences

Forces in Motion

This powerful, fast-paced session will frame student understanding of forces and how they interact. Learn the role of gravity, friction and magnetism in making objects move faster than the speed of sound.

Science: Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.

Hot! Hot!

Learn what heat is, the different ways it is produced, and how heat can be transferred through cleverly designed activities and exciting demonstrations. This session covers everything your students need to know about the physics of heat.

Science: Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object.

Human body

Our Digestive System

Follow food along the digestive tract, and learn about how we taste, digest, and move food along our gut. Make poo to understand why it is important to eat enough vegetables. Touch real animal tongues and stomachs! (Real organs used).

Our Breathing System

Understand the breathing process and how it is affected by asthma. Go through a breathing obstacle course, explore inhalation and exhalation, and investigate your own lung capacity. Get up close with this spongy organ and watch it inflate! (read organs used)

Our Circulatory System

Learn about how the heart works non-stop, study dissected lamb hearts, and listen to your own heart with a stethoscope. Find out about heart diseases and the medical procedures involved. (Real organs used).

Technologies

Lego NXT, supported by the KIOSC Discovery Centre

How do we speak to robots? Students learn how to communicate with the Lego NXT robots and give them instructions to complete simple tasks. An introduction to robotics and programming (Limited availability).

Edison Robotics

How do we speak to robots? Students communicate with the robots and give them instructions to complete simple tasks.

Programs for Year 5 - 6 students

Chemical sciences

States of Matter

Learn about the kinetic theory and the states of matter by engaging all senses. Students gain knowledge from explosions, dancing colour, glowing plasma and temperature-sensitive liquid crystals. It’s solid, liquid and gas plus so much more!

Science: Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them.

Dry Ice

Learn about carbon dioxide in its different forms and experience first-hand the energy of atoms and molecules as dry ice changes states. Fast-paced and activity-filled, students explore concepts of condensation and sublimation through exciting activities.

Science: Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them.

Physical and Chemical Change

Explore the differences between physical and chemical change through a series of exciting investigations, and learn to explain how everyday phenomena occur at the particle level.

Science: Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them.

Plastic Fantastic

Explore the world of plastics and learn which of these are dangerous for storing food. Students make their own plastic and will be impressed by the amazing shrinking plastic. Go beyond looking at plastics as waste materials that can be recycled.

Biological sciences

Freshwater Habitats

Investigate different pond water samples to identify freshwater invertebrates. Discuss the needs of living organisms, distinguish between living and non-living objects in the pond.

Earth and space sciences

Our Place in Space

Learn the latest in space science as students travel into outer space to understand planetary rotations and orbits, model the gravitational effects of our Moon, and use the language of numbers to understand the wonders of our Universe.

Science: Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the Sun).

Natural Disasters

Explore layers within the Earth, tectonic plate movement, and the causes of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Take part in hands-on activities that teach about Earth’s mantle layer and its movement.

Science: Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.

Physical sciences

Light and Colour

Explore the magic of light as students catch, bounce, bend, split, and focus light. Students will love using the assortment of torches, mirrors, and lenses.

Science: Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted.

Electrical Circuits

See electrons in action as they flow as electricity! Discover the essential parts of a circuit. Investigate insulators and conductors. Learn how energy is transformed so that we can use it in our daily lives.

Science: Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy.

Renewable Energy

Understand the physics of electricity generation, with focus on how energy is transformed to meet our needs. Use hands-on activities to explore renewable energy technologies currently used in Australia.

  • Science: Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy.
  • Design and Technologies: Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability, in the design of solutions for current and future use.

Human body

Our Digestive System

Follow food along the digestive tract, and learn about how we taste, digest, and move food along our gut. Make poo to understand why it is important to eat enough vegetables. Touch real animal tongues and stomachs! (real organs used)

Our Circulatory System

Learn about how the heart works non-stop, study dissected lamb hearts, and listen to your own heart with a stethoscope. Find out about heart diseases and the medical procedures involved. (Real organs used).

Our Breathing System

Understand the breathing process and how it is affected by asthma. Go through a breathing obstacle course, explore inhalation and exhalation, and investigate your own lung capacity. Get up close with this spongy organ and watch it inflate! (real organs used)

Our Brains

Dissect this delicate organ and be amazed at how this jelly- like structure is responsible for the way we work, think and behave. (Real organs used).

Demystifying DNA

Learn what DNA is, what it looks like, and how powerful it is. Extract DNA from plant material in this exciting lesson and use karyotyping to understand genetic conditions.

Technologies

Lego NXT, supported by the KIOSC Discovery Centre

An introduction to robotics and programming. Limited availability.

Edison Robotics

How do we speak to robots? Students communicate with the robots and give them instructions to complete simple tasks.

Extension programs

This series of sessions are designed for teachers looking for something more challenging to complement their classroom teaching.

Crystal Chemistry (Years 3-6)

See beyond the beauty of crystals to understand these special solids as a product of physical change. Learn about solubility and saturation by making your own crystals. Examine our crystal collection.

Acids and Alkalis (Years 3-6)

Explore species diversity through our collection of animal artefacts. The importance of genetic diversity is learnt through the study of Healesville Sanctuary’s Tasmanian Devil breeding program.

Forces of Nature (Year 3 – 6)

Examine weather phenomena in our atmosphere by creating both a tornado and a cloud in a bottle, and model erosion with chalk.

Science: Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity.

Demystifying DNA (Year 5 – 6)

Become a Molecular Biologist to unravel the information found in DNA. Students compare DNA from different organisms, construct their own nucleotide and learn to extra DNA from fruits.

 

Costs for 2018

Term 1 2018: $225 (plus GST) per hour plus $20 booking fee.

Maximum 30 students per session. Minimum 2 hour booking of the same lesson.

Contact us

To find out more or to provide feedback on a lesson contact the PrimeSCI! Office.