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Make a spinning helicopter Activity

by David, 28 April 2021 | 0 comments

Paper helicopter with paper clip weights.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made history by flying on Mars. To celebrate the first flight of a copter on another planet, here’s a simple unpowered helicopter you can build at home!

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Big bangs – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 21 April 2021 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

This quiz is all about explosions. Can you make a big bang with correct answers, or are you set to fizzle?

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Blow a ball into a bottle Activity

by David, 15 April 2021 | 0 comments

A amn trying to blow a ball into a bottle

Can you blow a paper ball into a bottle? It sounds easy, but it’s harder than you think!

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Spiders use stretchy silk to lift large loads News

by David, 12 February 2021 | 0 comments

A redback spider with a small lizard trapped in its web

Imagine you’re a tangle-web spider, and you’ve just snared a nice big critter for dinner. Sounds great, huh? Except there’s a problem. Dinner is 50 times heavier than you, and it’s trying to escape. What’s a spider to do?

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Mountain air pressure Activity

by David, 12 November 2020 | 3 comments

Holding up an eempty drink bottle with mountain in the background.

Here’s a great excuse for a trip up a mountain! Grab some bottles and learn why it’s hard to breathe at the top of tall mountains.

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My kind of question – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 September 2020 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Although this theme is a bit funny, the questions are no joke. Can you get serious and ace this quiz?

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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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