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Featured Activities

Featured Activity: Flight!

As stories and legends tell us, people have always wanted to fly, but it's only fairly recently that the dream has been achieved.

The earliest flying machines were kites, invented thousands of years ago in Asia. Although they're tethered to the ground, these lightweight wings have carried weapons, cameras and even people. They're used for sport, ceremonies, messaging and fishing, and they have taught us a lot about the physics of flight.

In the 1480s, Leonardo da Vinci applied his artistic and engineering genius to the problems of flight. He designed an ornithopter that required a passenger/pilot to flap giant wings like a bird, and his helicopter design featured a screw-shaped sail. His machines were never built.

In order for an airplane to fly, engineers had to master the balance and control of four forces: lift, gravity, thrust and drag (the "four forces of flight"). By adjusting these forces, pilots are able to speed up, slow down, lift off and land.

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These activities are designed to demystify the forces of flight and examine how they contribute to flying.

The Human Airplanes Game

Plane Wing Simulator Activity

Magnificent Flying Machine

Family Science Nights

Not just another boring pizza! Take the Science World approach to family evenings at home with Blood Juice, Cartesian Divers, Jelly Eyeballs, and a whole lot of fun, hands-on learning.

These packages include great movie suggestions, tasty recipes, fun activities and shopping lists to make your family science night a success.

Rocket Science

The Human Body

Under The Sea

Kitchen Chemistry

Bubble Recipes

Ever wonder why Science World’s bubbles are thicker, bouncier and more amazing than the rest? It isn’t a secret; it’s science! Check out our very own bubble recipes.

All-Purpose Bubble Solution

This solution is great for most bubble tricks, activities, and experiments. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo produces much better bubbles than any of the dish detergents we tried. Mix the ingredients gently and let the solution stand for a couple of hours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part water to 1 part Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • glycerine*
     

Bouncy Bubble Solution

You can bounce these bubbles off your clothes! Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water. Add the shampoo and glycerine. Stir gently. This solution will gel as it cools. Reheat it carefully in the microwave (about two minutes).

Ingredients:

  • 1 package unflavoured gelatin (e.g. Knox brand)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) hot water (just boiled)
  • 50–70 ml glycerine*
  • 250 ml Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
     

Thick Bubble Solution

This goopy solution makes bubbles strong enough to withstand a puff of air. When you make a bubble with this solution, try puffing at it to make a bubble inside a bubble.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 to 3 parts Johnson’s baby shampoo to 1 part water
  • glycerine
     

What does the glycerine do?

Glycerine helps soap bubbles hold water, so that they last longer. It’s very helpful if you’re doing bubble tricks, but less important if you’re mixing up a bucket of bubble solution for preschoolers to mess about with. Most pharmacies carry glycerine. You’ll only need a small bottle—try 1–3 teaspoons for about a litre of bubble solution.

 

Check out various activities investigating the geometry and chemistry of bubbles:

Science World Resources

Hopping Frog