Talk To NASA

Your Task

Talk to a NASA scientist who is going to give an update about upcoming human missions to space, exploration of our solar system and gathering evidence for climate change.  After having all your questions answered, you will then get a chance to build your very own moon lander!

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space

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • paper cups
  • corks
  • scrap paper
  • sticky tape

Where to go? – M305

Your Teams

Be sure to share your pics and insights from the talk in the comments below!

Making a Motor

Your Task

Want to learn how to make a simple motor? Can you make the fastest? Quietest? Strongest?  Get your motor to lift a weight – how heavy can you go?

Not sure how to start or what to do?  Check out the instructional video below!

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Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • motor kits
  • light gate and interface
  • cotton
  • small weights

Where to go? – M208M208

Your Teams

Be sure to post your pictures or videos of your motors working and anything else you think worth sharing in the comments below!

Science Documentary

Your Task

To watch, enjoy and discuss!

Check out the trailers for the two films you can choose from.  A vote on the day will decide!

Choice #1 – Planet Earth (BBC)

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Choice #2 – Cosmos (National Geographic)

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Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • a chair (or if you’re lucky – a beanbag)!

Where to go? – M307

Your Teams

Be sure to post your comments on the film below!

Time Pieces

Your Task

Can you make an accurate timer?  Who can be the most precise?  Who can be the most creative?

Not sure where to begin?  Try looking at this site for some inspiration.

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Timer

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • string
  • weights
  • light gates and interfaces
  • funnels
  • water
  • sand
  • paper/plastic cups
  • scizzors

Where to go? – M101

Your Teams

Be sure to share your pics of your creations in the comments below!

Sports Science

Your Task

Badminton technique analysis.  To what extent does the length of your arm and racquet affect how far you can hit?

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The sport of badminton

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • badminton equipment
  • Coach’s Eye – iPad or computer
  • measuring tape

Where to go? – Gym

Your Teams

Be sure to share your pics and tips from the day in the comments below!

Cameras and Optics

Your Task

Play with light to capture and develop great images.  Explore the world of reflection and refraction and more!

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Crystal ball, exterior

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • optic kits
  • UV light
  • Laser
  • Polarized film

Where to go? – M302

Your Teams

Be sure to post your images and anything you think worth sharing in the comments below!

Water Powered Rockets

Your Task

Does the amount of water affect the height the rocket travels? Discover how the ratio of water to air in a rocket affects the launch distance.

You may get a bit wet!  We will also run a competition!

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Water bottle rocket 1

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • Pumps and launch tubes
  • buckets and hoops
  • PET bottles
  • water

Where to go – Turf

Your Teams

Be sure to share your pics and videos of your creations in the comments below!

Fabric Dying

Your Task

Bring a white cotton cloth (pillowcase or t-shirt) and investigate natural dyes and how to fix them (make them stay in the fabric) to make some cloth art, with Science!

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skala

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • beakers
  • hot plates
  • blender
  • water
  • salt
  • white vinegar
  • elastic bands
  • clothes pins
  • dropper bottles
  • paint brushes
  • iron and ironing board
  • various different vegetables, fruits or other plants

Where to go? – M310

Your Teams

Be sure to post your pictures of your creations and anything else you think worth sharing in the comments below!

Making Soap

Your Task

Cook your choice of oil or fat with a basic solution to produce a handmade soap. Compare it with soap from the shops.  Is yours better?

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Soap bubbles 1

Equipment and Materials

You will be supplied with:

  • vareity of lard and solid fat
  • sodium hydroxide
  • bunsens or hotplates
  • stirring rods
  • beakers
  • filter paper
  • salt
  • water
  • commercial soap
  • test tubes

Where to go? – M311

Your Teams

Be sure to post your pictures of your creations and anything else you think worth sharing in the comments below!