Join the Funky Physicists to examine and investigate a range of simple machines and learn how to harness the forces they create to make your own complex human powered machine.
In this programme, we will use Science and Technology skills to investigate long levers, power of pulleys, strength of screws, widths of wedges, angles of inclined planes and wonderful wheels and axles. We will begin by learning to ask scientific questions, to hypothesise, handle equipment and structure and write up investigations. Students will have the opportunity to follow their own interests in combining simple machine components.
Understand that scientific work = force x distance
Simple machine + simple machine = compound/complex machine
Work collaboratively to solve problems and prove hypothesises
Observe, measure and record physical characteristics of materials
Explore ways in which scientists collaborate and support their ideas with evidence
Build on prior results and experience, thereby developing team knowledge
Use a range of scientific symbols, conventions and vocabulary
Develop active listening skills and ask appropriate questions
Clearly communicate thoughts and ideas
3 hours per week for 8 weeks in Term 3
9 - 13 year olds
Thursdays 9 - 12.30pm