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Confuse a compass with electricity Activity

by David, 9 July 2020 | 0 comments

Image of a compass on a piece of wire.

By Beth Askham and David Shaw Did you know that electricity and magnetism are closely related phenomena? In this activity, you’ll create a magnetic field using electricity and find that this can cause chaos for a compass!

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15 fabulous science activities to do indoors Activity

by David, 3 April 2020 | 1 comments

White t-shirt with circular dye patterns

Staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19? We’ve got some ideas to help you pass the time, even if you’re stuck indoors. Time to gather up materials from around the house and do some science!

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Mirage in a cup Activity

by David, 20 February 2020 | 0 comments

Class of clear liquid with layers between the clear liquids, affecting the image seen through the glass.

If you’re in the desert on a hot day, you might see things that aren’t really there. But that’s not the only way to see a mirage – you can also see them in a glass of sugary water!

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How do you bend a diamond? News

by David, 13 February 2020 | 0 comments

Diamond held by pliers.

Diamonds are amazing crystals. A repeating pattern of pure carbon atoms, they’re famous for being the hardest substance in the world. Yet, an Australian team of scientists have just managed to bend diamonds. So how did they do it?

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Leaving patterns Activity

by David, 21 January 2020 | 0 comments

a cup of water with plastic over the top and a coin balancing on that.

Written by Elvina Lee Here’s a cool activity that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day! Create a curious pattern with water.

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Drop jump Activity

by David, 17 October 2019 | 2 comments

Two matcch box drawers side by side with a ten cent coin in the upper drawer.

Drop the ruler, watch for the jump… that’s the point of drop jump! Can you work out which matchbox tray the coin will fall into?

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Magnifying sound Activity

by David, 3 October 2019 | 0 comments

A man holdiing a pink baloon near his face and a phone at arms length.

A magnifying glass can bend light waves to make an object look bigger. Can you make a magnifying glass for sound waves too?

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Air cannon Activity

by David, 22 August 2019 | 0 comments

Cup with plastic wrap and ticket targets in the background.

Want to reach out and touch something with a puff of air? This tiny air cannon shoots vortexes of air that can be felt from metres away!

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Sugar and sunglasses Activity

by David, 8 August 2019 | 0 comments

Jar with polarised light effect.

Wearing sunglasses while using a computer might seem like a bad idea. But if you use the right glasses, it can make a great experiment!

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Drop the needle! Activity

by David, 11 July 2019 | 0 comments

Flame heating a needle held in place by a magnet.

Think you understand magnets? In this hands-on activity, use a magnet to make a needle float and then fall.

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