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 2017

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.

Feathers, Furs, Skin, Scales & Shells

Body coverings play an important role in an animal’s survival. Children will touch and learn from the special artefacts we bring along to your school.

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.

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.

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.

Light and Sound

We rely on our eyes and ears to navigate through our environment. What is it about light and sounds that allows us to do this? Students learn how light and sound travel, how they go through objects, get absorbed and bounce off things. It’s a wonder-filled lesson with lots to learn and even more to do!

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 Bee Bots and give them instructions to complete simple tasks. An introduction to robotics and programming for the youngest students.

Edison Robotics

Learn how to communicate with the Edison robots. What language do they speak? Give them instructions to complete fun sporting robot activities. A great introduction to robotics and programming.

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 plastics 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 to 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 it changes states. Fast-paced and activity-filled, students explore concepts of condensation and sublimation through exciting activities. A great extension on your basic solid, liquid and gas chemistry.

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

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

Biological sciences

Jack and 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 can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive.

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

Students identify the main structural features of plants and discover their function through hands-on activities. Students undertake a simple dissection of 'plant guts'.

 

Earth and space sciences

Forces of Nature

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.

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 represent the wonders of our Universe.

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

Digging Deeper

Examine specially selected rocks and conduct a range of activities to learn about the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, and soil.

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

Natural Disasters

Explore the layers within the Earth, tectonic plate movement and the causes of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

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

 

Physical sciences

Forces in Motion

Investigate the factors that affect how objects move through a variety of engaging demonstrations and hands-on activities. Make your own balloon car as part of this popular physics lesson.

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 it can be transferred through cleverly designed activities and exciting demonstrations. This session covers everything your students need to know about 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.

Magnets

Explore the mysterious force of magnets in this session. Investigate polarity, the beauty of magnetic fields and make magnets. Learn how you can use a magnet to find your way home.

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

Ramps, Levers, and Pulleys

Enjoy learning about simple machines that help us do work in our daily life. Experience how inclined planes, levers, and pulleys reduce the effort of everyday tasks.

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

Fidgets in Motion

Investigate the forces at work when fidgets spin, how they spin so easily, and why they don't want to stop spinning. This powerful, fast-paced session will frame student understanding of forces and Newton's First Law of Motion. Students will be delighted to make and bring home a jumping bean – a toy that works in the same way as fidgets!

Human body

Our Digestive System

Follow food through 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 (read organs used).

Technologies

Lego Robotics: 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

Learn how to communicate with the Edison robots. What language do they speak? Give them instructions to complete fun sporting robot activities. A great introduction to robotics and programming.

Programs for Year 5 - 6 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: 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 it changes states. Fast-paced and activity-filled, students explore concepts of condensation and sublimation through exciting activities. A surcharge of $20 is incurred per lesson for the dry ice.

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.

Biological sciences

Freshwater Habitats

Investigate different pond water samples to identify freshwater invertebrates. Discuss the needs of living things, distinguish between biotic and abiotic environments factors and explore the effects of pollution.

Australian Biodiversity

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.

Plant Sap and Guts

Identify the main structural features of plants and discover their function. Undertake a simple dissection of plant ‘guts’.

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 represent 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 you about the Earth's crust and mantle layer and their 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.

Energy

Explore everything about energy from the foods we eat to generating electricity from different energy sources. Essential to students’ understanding of our modern world, this session is highly recommended.

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.

Electrical Circuits

Discover essential elements of an electric circuit. Construct series and parallel circuits to observe differences between them. Students safely experience electric shocks and examine conductivity of various materials.

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

Look at the science behind renewable energy and tinker with current technologies related to energy efficiency.

  • 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.

Fidgets in Motion

Investigate the forces at work when fidgets spin, how they spin so easily, and why they don't want to stop spinning. This powerful, fast-paced session will frame student understanding of forces and Newton's First Law of Motion. Students will be delighted to make and bring home a jumping bean – a toy that works in the same way as fidgets!

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 Robotics - 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

Learn how to communicate with the Edison robots. What language do they speak? Give them instructions to complete fun sporting robot activities. A great introduction to robotics and programming.

Extension programs

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

Dinosaur Detectives (Prep-Year 6)

Learn how dinosaurs lived by examining our special fossil collection and make casts of predatory dinosaurs. Dinosaurs come to life in this delightful lesson.

Crystal Chemistry (Prep-Year 2, 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)

Extend student understanding of solubility to explore acids and alkalis. Understand the interaction between these two types of chemicals, and test the acidity of everyday items like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. Get ready to be surprised.

Static Electricity (Years 3-6)

Understand what charges are, how they build up, and what happens when they jump. Students will love the range of ’shocking’ activities.

Crystal Bubble Chemistry (Prep-Year 6)

Step into the bubble lab and become scientist. Find out how bubbles form and test them with experiments.

Costs for 2017

Term 2 2017: $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.