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Science Challenge

Experiment 1 - The reason for seasons

Topic

Earth and Space science

Student aims

To demonstrate that the angle that the sun's rays strike the earth causes significant variations in surface temperatures - the basic cause of the seasons.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Science understanding Year 5 - Earth and Space science  

Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting

Science as a human endeavour - covered in the extension activities

 

Experiment 2 - Indicators - reversible changes

Topic

Chemical Science

Student aims

To make an indicator solution, which changes colour when it is mixed with an acid or a base.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Science understanding Year 6 - Chemical Science  

Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting

Science as a human endeavour - covered in the extension activities

 

Experiment 3 - The sense of touch

Topic

Biological science

Student aims

Examine how our sense of touch is different for different parts of our body using the two-point discrimination test.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Science understanding Year 5 - Biological science  

Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting

Science as a human endeavour - covered in the extension activities

 

Experiment 4 - Make an electro magnet

Topic

Physical Science

Student aims

Students observe how energy can be transformed and transferred

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Science understanding Year 6 – Physical science

Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting

Science as a human endeavour - covered in the extension activities

 

Experiment 5 - Make a battery

Topic

Physical Science

Student aims

Students discover how to make a wet cell battery that will power a LED.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Science understanding Year 6 – Physical Science

Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting

Science as a human endeavour - covered in the extension activities

The top ambassador this week is Bradley McEwen from Te Totara Primary School (New Zealand), with 550 points!