Science Week Bonanza – Lit Lab
Join us for a hair raising afternoon of science in the Paper Bird Story House inspired by some of WA’s most dynamic writers and illustrators.
Event 1: How do things fly? Presented by Aśka. Blasting off, explosions and experiments – there is no way around it – Science ROCKS! Science illustrator Aśka – and her volunteer assistants – will work together to make a variety of objects fly. In doing so they will consider the physics behind what makes objects go up, different challenges each method poses, and then conduct experiments to test their predictions. There will be pops and bangs as we look at the hot air balloon, chemical reactions and the power of air pressure. Children will also have a chance to design their own flying machine at the end of the session. What will happen? * Using tea bags to demonstrate how hot air rises and makes a hot air balloon fly. * Using film canisters and fizzy tablet to build pressure and make popping mini-rockets. * Using a launcher and a bike pump to make a soda bottle shoot off into space due to air pressure build up.
Event 2. ’Science in the news: Making it…and faking it‘Presented by Cristy Burne Ever wondered how the news gets made? Science writer Cristy Burne will enable children to try their hand at researching and writing their own science news story. They will plan good interview questions to ask, practise interview technique, and try their hand at writing a real science news story. Children will also have an opportunity to create their own fake news story… and the chance work out ways to tell the difference between fake news and the real thing. What will happen? * Planning and conducting an interview to gather information for a science news story * Hands-on writing of a science news article * Inventing and writing a fake news article, and discussion of ways to tell the difference.
Event 3. Art Lab. Presented by Samantha Hughes In Art Lab we will combine our love of science and our love of making art into an amazing art experience. Our experiments will be part scientific learning and part crazy art making, guiding childnre through different experiments and scientific inquiry on selected topics including astronomy, geology, human biology, zoology, botany, gelotology and more. Each student will receive an Art Scientist journal page to record their findings and will be supported to develop their skills in different sciences, problem solving, making, painting and drawing.