A mum of three, engineer, scientist, educator, and all around dabbler, I'm far better at finding interesting things to do than I am at doing housework.
Let someone else entertain your kids at home
So we're staring down the barrel of another pandemic affected school holidays. No trips to Bali this year, Queensland's off-limits, and it still feels a bit risky to spend the day at the local shopping centre! What to do with the kids to keep them entertained? Primesci has the answer! Stay safe and warm at home, and take part in an interactive, hands-on, web-based science session!
Each school holidays, Primesci offers an exciting program of science activities at the Wantirna campus of Swinburne University. This year, in response to the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, these sessions will be offered online, allowing participants from everywhere to join in. No need to drive to Wantirna, just log in from home and join the Primesci team stirring up some entertaining science-based fun!
There are sessions on offer for children from prep to grade 6, offering age appropriate science activities to turn your kitchen into a science lab!
Prep to grade 2 students might like to try their hand at "Bend, stretch, twist!" Help the three little pigs escape the big bad wolf while learning about material science, and what makes some materials bend and others snap! Or what about visiting the world of space in "Our Blue Marble"? Make a planet in a cup, and watch it grow and change for weeks after the session!
For older students, there is lots on offer. Learn more about microbes in "The unseen world", discover how physics makes toys work in "Forces in Motion", or enter the world of atoms and molecules in "States of Matter". All sessions include a variety of demonstrations and hands on activities.
When your family signs up for a webinar, you'll receive an information pack within 24 hours. This will contain everything you need to make the most of your session, including instructions for pre and post-session activities, a list of materials to gather ( don't worry - you probably already have everything needed), and details of how to log on to the webinar.
When the day of your webinar comes along, all you need to do is log in using the link provided, join in the activities, and have fun! Each webinar lasts approximately 40 minutes, and will be followed by a question and answer session with the presenter.
All sessions are moderated and presented with the young participants' safety in mind. Students will only be able to see and hear the presenter during the session - no video or audio connections will be made between students. Parents are strongly encouraged to supervise and assist their child(ren) as necessary during the activities. All presenters are experienced science educators, who work as part of the Swinburne university outreach department, and all have working with children checks.
Messy Science in Action - Don't forget your apron!
A full list of the webinars are available online, with bookings now open! If your kids have always wanted to join a Primesci session, but Wantirna was a bit far to go, this is your ( and their) chance to try them out. And even better, the online sessions only cost $10 per family ( plus a booking fee of $0.50). That's great value for a family science adventure!