Resources

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:
5 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

In this activity, students assess the physical features that make it possible for birds to fly.

Activity Length:
30-45 mins.
Activity Type:
Make & Take

In this make and take, students exploit the force of drag to make a parachute that will drop as slowly as possible to the ground. They are encouraged to modify their model to find the design that is the most successful.

Activity Length:
1 hr.
Activity Type:
Make & Take

Build a compound machine out of a popcan that converts potential energy to kinetic energy. As the can rolls, the potential energy that is stored in the wound rubber band is transformed into motion (kinetic energy) and heat. The can will roll if the energy stored in the wound rubber band produces...

Activity Length:
1 hr.
Activity Type:
Make & Take

In this activity, students construct a balloon-powered rocket car, demonstrating Newton's Third Law of Motion.

Activity Length:
30 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

Students apply their knowledge of force, mass, and acceleration in a building challenge.

Activity Length:
10 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

As an airplane moves through the air, the air resists the motion of the aircraft. This resistance force is called drag, drag always works in the opposite direction of motion (opposite to the thrust force). There are many factors that affect the size of the drag force, including the shape of the...

Activity Length:
30 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

Finding the centre of gravity of an irregularly-shaped object is trickier than for a ruler or other regular shape. In this activity, students use the force of gravity to deduce the centre of gravity for various shapes.

Since the weight of an object is concentrated in its centre of gravity...

Activity Length:
40 mins.
Activity Type:
Discrepant Event (Investigatable)

In this make and take, students visualize how air can act like a fluid by getting their gliders to ride an air wave!

Activity Length:
5 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

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 backward...

Activity Length:
15 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

Students will learn about Newton's Laws of Motion by pushing, pulling, rolling, dropping, and bouncing two balls.

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