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Science World has supported fun and engaging science education since 1989 with award-winning programming for BC teachers, parents and students. Our vast collection of resources are teacher reviewed, classroom tested and matched to BCs transformed curriculum by grade.

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Activities

Activity Length:
45 mins.
Activity Type:
Make & Take
Language:
English
Students use geometrical shapes to make a magic tube that can produce ribbons.It’s not just a saying that it’s all “smoke and mirrors”! Magicians use a lot of math to make their illusions work. If an illusion isn’t built properly, or if the audience is at an unwanted angle, the “magic” won’t work....
Activity Length:
30 mins.
Activity Type:
Make & Take
Language:
English
Students take advantage of persistence of vision to combine two separate images.This illusion takes advantage of something called "persistence of vision". When an image is shown to your eyes, the retina keeps responding for a short time (about 1/30th of a second) after the image itself has gone...
Activity Length:
40 mins.
Activity Type:
Discrepant Event (Investigatable)
Language:
English
In this make and take, students visualize how air can act like a fluid by getting their gliders to ride an air wave!When you release the Tumblewing Glider, lift occurs because of Bernoulli's principle: the air moving across the winglets moves faster than the air below, decreasing the air pressure....
Activity Length:
10 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration
Language:
English
In this activity, students discover how the physical distribution of sensory receptors in our bodies can create a tactile illusion.Sensory receptors are not distributed evenly across our bodies. Some parts of our body, like our fingertips, are very densely packed with nerve endings and touch...
Activity Length:
5 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration
Language:
English
In this quick activity, students think, pair, and share their thoughts on the forces that affect an airplane.An airplane in flight is acted on by four forces: lift, the upward acting force; gravity, the downward acting force; thrust, the forward acting force; and drag, the...
Activity Length:
1 hour
Activity Type:
Exploration
Language:
English
A good way to understand the way something works is to draw it. In this activity, students use several senses to observe a plant. They’ll then use these observations to form a descriptive drawing.This activity was adapted from "Going Wild! Teaching about Wild Products" from BC’s Coastal Rainforests.
Activity Length:
30 - 40 mins.
Activity Type:
Make & Take
Language:
English
Students make a UV detector.
Activity Length:
1 hr.
Activity Type:
Make & Take
Language:
English
Students make their own electrochemical cells using vinegar and common household metals. Using a multimeter, students measure the current flowing through their circuits. In groups, students connect their cells in series to create a battery and light up an LED.One way of creating an electric current...
Activity Length:
30 mins.
Activity Type:
Make & Take
Language:
English
All timing devices, from the water clock to the digital watch, operate because of the fundamental principle that a regular pattern or cycle operates at a constant rate.The water clock, or clepsydra, is one of the oldest tools created to tell time, known to have been in use in 16th century BC Egypt...
Activity Length:
30 mins.
Activity Type:
Make & Take
Language:
English
Students see how the movement of water can be used to produce other kinds of energy.Water is a renewable resource and an important source of electricity on the west coast of Canada. The energy of moving water is used to turn turbines which generate electricity. In British Columbia, almost 90 per...

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