Contact vs Non-Contact Forces

Science

Syllabus Outcomes ST3-1WS-S | ST3-2DP-T | ST3-8PW-ST | ST3-9PW-ST

$900.00

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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About

Want to experience first-hand the power of CONTACT VS NON-CONTACT FORCES? This day starts off with a huge EXPLOSION using liquid nitrogen and over 1000 ping pong balls launching into the air! From friction to gravity, air pressure to magnetism and everything that could possibly lie in between. Your students will learn about forces in the most imaginative way possible in this hands-on and interactive program! Through activities such as launching air rockets and having billy cart races, students will observe first-hand how contact and non- contact forces affect the behaviour of objects, and develop an understanding of the interrelationship between force and energy.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

ST3-1WS-S plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
ST3-2DP-T plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
ST3-8PW-ST explains how energy is transformed from one form to another
ST3-9PW-ST investigates the effects of increasing or decreasing the strength of a specific contact or non-contact force

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Arrive/Depart

Half Day Incursion (2 Hours) 9:30am – 11:30am

Time allocation for incursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.

What's Included

GoPro Short Film 1 Supplementry Lesson Ideas Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

  • How can the state of materials be changed and manipulated?
  • What is the result of combining materials?

Describing and exploring specific forces

Students:

  • explore and describe some common contact or non-contact forces, for example:
    applied force (eg pushing, kicking)
    • friction and air resistance
    • tension and elastic force
    • gravity
    • magnetism
    • buoyancy
  • perform a scientific investigation to explore the effects of changing the strength of a single contact or non-contact force, for example:
    • how a stronger or weaker applied force, such as a push or kick, results in objects travelling longer or shorter distances
    • how increasing or decreasing the strength of the force of air resistance by changing the shape of an object results in increases or decreases in speed

Transfer and transformation of energy

Students:

  • identify different types of energy transformations, for example: (ACSSU097)
    • gravitational energy to energy of movement

Day Outline

Rangers arrive at your school for approx. 1hr before your incursion is scheduled to start. Incursion duration= 2hrs
Introductory Presentation The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
(approx. 30-40 minutes)
Grouping: Students are divided into their groups of approximately x 30 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity. Each activity is on a rotational basis.
Activity 1 Students participate in each activity for approximately 40 minutes.
Activity 2 Students participate in each activity for approximately 40 minutes.

Activities

INTRODUCTION:
All students together. The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation. This introduction focuses on contact forces such as friction and air pressure and non-contact forces such magnetism and gravity. We also explore what makes a force stronger or weaker.

Students will be engaged with this interactive presentation through a display of experiments. The presentation ends on a BANG with the explosion of 1000 ping pong balls in a metal drum (contact force) resulting in non-contact forces being applied. Selected students will be invited up to dress in real science uniforms such as lab coats, goggles and gloves whilst we explore the everyday role of scientists and their importance in our community.

ACTIVITY 1: Billy Cart Championships
Students in teams will be racing against each other on a race course in your school grounds. Students observe forces first hand including friction and gravity and how these forces are challenging their movements within this competition. Students also explore the effects of changing the strength of a single contact force. This fantastic experience will enable your students to learn how to conquer forces whilst working together in teams building their communication skills, balance and fitness.

ACTIVITY 2: Launching Air Pressure Rockets
Ever dreamed of launching a rocket so far up into the atmosphere you couldn’t see it? Focusing on the force of ‘air pressure’ and ‘gravity’ we bring the fun to you! Students design and build their very own rocket before launching their spacecraft into the sky above the rooftops using a specially designed high pressure industrial rocket launcher. Students observe how increasing or decreasing the strength of the force of air resistance by changing the shape of an object results in increases or decreases in speed. Guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping, students will watch in awe as they witness their rockets roar into the sky. Through championship competitions with their friends, students will monitor the highest rockets, learning how each shape and design affects performance. A unique, engaging and action-packed activity focusing on pressure and its effects on every day materials.

$900.00

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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