Early Years : Water Table Science Ideas pt2

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in General Science | Posted on 03-05-2015

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The water tray provides a wealth of opportunities for teaching different science concepts in early years. Here are a few more ideas:

Find 5 things that sink.

Purpose:

  • To explore which items will sink.

Resources:

  • A range of classroom objects some small and light, small and heavy, large and light, large and heavy, some solid and some with holes.

Activities

  • To find 5 that sink.
  • Observe how they sink.

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Early Years : Water Table Science Ideas pt1

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in General Science | Posted on 30-04-2015

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The water tray provides a wealth of opportunities for teaching different science concepts in early years. Here are just a few ideas:

Can you make a plastic tray sink?

Purpose:

  • To use knowledge gained for a further exploration.

Resources

  • Clear plastic or polystyrene trays, water tray.
  • If you can get hold of it, get a copy of “The cow who fell in the canal”.

Activities

  • Use plastic animals to enact a story line.
  • Can the “raft” be made to tip or sink. How much mass needs to be added to make it sink?

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The remarkable science of solar eclipses

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Physics | Posted on 24-03-2015

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This video explains how solar and lunar eclipses work.

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Early Years : Sand Table Science Ideas pt 2

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in General Science | Posted on 27-02-2015

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The sand tray provides a wealth of opportunities for teaching different science concepts in early years. Here are just a few ideas:

Sandcastles

Purpose: To investigate the properties of materials using appropriate senses.

Resources. Sand tray with wet and dry sand, small buckets, plastic pots, cups, moulds, small plastic spades, wooden bricks.

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Early Years : Sand Table Science Ideas pt 1

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in General Science | Posted on 18-02-2015

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The sand tray provides a wealth of opportunities for teaching different science concepts in early years. Here are just a few ideas:

Burrows and tunnels

Purpose. To investigate the properties of materials using appropriate senses. To find out about the features of living things.

Resources. Sand tray with dry sand, jug or small watering can, scoops, spoons, spades or trowels, small plastic animals.

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Crash Course : Moon Phases

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in ICT, Physics | Posted on 06-02-2015

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In this episode of Crash Course Astronomy, Phil Plait takes you through the cause and names of the Moon’s phases.

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Why Science is Not ‘Just a Theory’

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in General Science | Posted on 17-11-2014

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A theory to a scientist means a different thing than it does to everyone else. In everyday use, a theory means a guess or a hunch. These theories are often unproven.

In science a theory is a well-accepted explanation for a phenomenon based on good evidence. A theory ties together all the facts and can even be used to make predictions. In science a theory is a close to proven as it is possible to be with the evidence available at the time. Gravity may be a “theory” but are you prepared to test it by jumping out of a window?

Is a scientific theory no different to the theory that Elvis is still alive? Jim Al-Khalili puts the record straight in this film:

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ESA Rosetta – Landing a Spacecraft on a Comet

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Physics | Posted on 11-11-2014

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Tomorrow, the European Space Agency is going to attempt to land a space craft onto a comet. This is something that has never been attempted before.

Here’s the story.

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Bowling Ball and Feather Drop. Supersized

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Physics | Posted on 03-11-2014

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Brian Cox uses a massive vacuum chamber to demonstrate that, without air resistance, a heavy object and a light object will hit the ground at the same time.

 

 

The experiment was also carried out on the moon by Apollo 15 astronauts:

And of course, the Mythbusters have also tried this:

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Sesame Street Makes Rube Goldberg Machines

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Physics | Posted on 19-10-2014

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Here’s a great video from Sesame Street to use with primary school classes when talking about simple machines using levers, pulleys and more.

There’s several cool Rube Goldberg / Heath Robinson style machines here which could inspire a few creations of their own.

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