WORKSHOPS

School Holiday Fun at Futureworld

School Holiday Workshop

 

Futureworld runs a range of wokshops in the school holidays.

Themes include electricity, forensics, and solar energy.

Generally Ages 8-14 years

 

We also have available a wide range of workshps uited to small groups such as Home schoolers. Forensic Science is also suitable for adult groups.

Topic

Brief Synopsis

Status

Electricity and magnetism

History, loadstone, magnetising, poles, compass(make), magnet/electricity interaction, motor(make)

Available

Static electricity

What is static, detecting, build electroscope, Franklin bells. Build an electrophorus

Available

Light and colour

Nature of light, waves- ripple tank, EM spectrum, visible light, build spectroscope, build kalaidoscope

Available

Senses - visual perception

Eye function, perception experiments, cow eye dissection available

Available

Flight

Aspects of flight: history, forces aerodynamics, tumblewings and  walk along gliders

Available

Scientific method

Follow scientific method by building ringwing gliders, test and capture data, averages, variables

Available

Wetlands excursion

Excursion to Kully bay - plants, water testing for salinity, pH, lake management, bug catching and identification

Available

Earthquakes and volcanoes

Earth structure, build a volcano, build a stable structure on earthquake platform. Extension - find a volcano’s epicentre from data using triangulation

Available

Chem 1 matter

Matter, elements, atoms, compounds, mixtures. Making and breaking matter, electrolysis, separation techniques. - Hands on experiments

Available

Chem 2 Acids, bases, salts

Acid base reactions, salt production, indicators - hands on.

Available

Force1 Rocket Science

what is a force, newtons laws,  mass, weight, rocket experiments- teabag, straw, paper, build/launch water rockets

Available

Force2 Forces in action

Pressure, density surface tension, lava lamp, cartesian diver, vacuum pump and more

Available

Anatomy - Rat dissection

Major organs, alimentary canal, reproductive system, human comparison

Available

Senses- sound/hearing

The ear's function, what is sound, vibration, compression waves, speed, measuring, frequency/pitch, larynx, shapes of sound

Available

Nth Beach /Pucky's Excursion

Lighthouse to Puckeys estate. History, petrified wood, rock platform , zonation, botany

Available

Dinosaurs & fossils

Time periods, ecosystems, extinction, archaeology, fossils

Available


Senses - taste, food chemistry

Tongue/nose senses. Taste buds, sensitivity, salt, sweet umami etc. Chemistry of cooking,carbohydrates,  starch, airation, protein denaturing. Molecular Gastronomy -spherification

Available

Force 3 - Spinning and balancing

Rotational forces, tops, gyroscopes, balancing, centre of mass, forces

Available

Forensic science 1

Forensic techniques, including fingerprinting, DNA extraction experiment, blood types, anthropology,   , fibre analysis, footprints, etc

Available

Forensic science 2

Application of forensic techniques -  more techniques, eg handwriting analysis, forgery, chromatography experiment  - solve the crime presented.

Available

Combined Forensics

Most of the above two

Adult suitable

Plants 1

structure, reproduction dissection, germination, chlorophyll chromatography

Available, Nursery permitting

Solar system and or Astronomy

May include: planets, asteroids, comets, orbits, craters ,telescopes,

Available

Astronomy 2

Extension  star atlas, cosmos, orbits, craters ,telescopes, planisphere

Available

Heat and temperature

What are heat and temperature. Measuring, experiments to gain understanding

Available

Kite flight

Kites: history, uses, flight principles, construction, flying. Includes building a kite.

Available

Antarctica

Weather, Cold climate issues –tardigrades and other dwellers , game design.

Available

Skeletons, circulation, respiration

Body structure- skeleton types, bone structure, teeth,  veins/arteries, systems

Available

Chemistry - Plastics

Plastic types, thermal properties, Sodium polyacrylate experiment, biodegradability, making a polymer, moulding a thermoplastic

Available, material dependent

Computers

History, abacus, hardware, software – Programming in Logo

Available

Photovoltaics/solar

Solar ovens?, PV cell experiments, solar boat construction

Available – material dependent

Motion

Newton laws, speed, acceleration, circular motion, friction, projectiles – catapult construction

Available

Brain function

Workings of the brain, senses,nervous system,
Communication /coordination/ cogniscance

Available

Machines- levers, pulleys, planes

From Simple machines to complex machines. Exploring Forces, pulleys, levers, inclined planes, gears.

Available

Electronic circuits

Basis of electronics, some theory and understanding electricity and components, Ohm’s law, experiments

Available

Integrated circuits

Follows on Electronic circuitrs experiments  including  transistors and integrated circuits...

Available

Brain Games

Extension of brain Function, more about the brain. Interesting activities, numbers, Puzzles,

Available

Advanced Chemistry

Chem1&2 Extension – Understanding basic formulae and equations. – theory / prac

Developing

Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry: carbon compounds. Experiments on Fats, esters, carbohydrates others

 

Developing

Presentation Skills

Pre prepared Short (10-15min) presentations/demonstration/activity  by Students on a topic of their interest.

 

Planning

Science Skills

Using scientific method through experimentation.
Skill development eg Measuring, graphing etc

Planning

Material Science

Kinds of materials, innovations, biomimickry, nitinol, aerogel, graphene, ferrofluids,3D printer etc
Research and prepare powerpoint presentation

Planning

Macquarie Pass rainforest, Photography Navigation

Plants: Structure and adaptation - Marjan's property, plants and animals of the rainforest. Navigation methods - compass, maps, GPS, find the hidden objects.

Depending on site  availability

Lenses /Photography skills

Lens types, properties, experiments - microscopes and telescope designs. How to use them. Basic photo-techniques and post processing.  Maybe build a Smartphone microscope.

Planning
Camera/phone needed

Living things

Classification, ecology and more

Planning

Multigamy

Paper craft

Planning

Genetics

History, chromosomes, genes inheritance probability, traits, new technologies etc (older kids)

Planning

Engineering

Shapes, geometry, arches - Bridge building

Planning

How things work

Understanding how thing work, science - physics

Planning