Vacation Care and Library Programs

Scienza Viva now offers seventeen hands on activities (designed for approximately 30 children per session), as well as an interactive show designed for larger groups (50 or more children).
Prices and suggested age groups are provided after each of the activity synopses below.
All hands on activities are one hour in duration.

1. Let's Have Fun with Science

A collection of hands on activities selected to engage children in the world of science. Activities include "Colour me a flower" using paper chromatography, jumping sultanas, hovering ping pong balls demonstrating the Bernouilli effect, fishing using magnets, tornadoes in a bottle, mini volcanoes and more.
Suggested age group 5-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

2. Wheelie Things

This hands on activity was developed specifically for outside school care services. Children individually make a simple small toy (dragster) that they race and take home, as a group construct a large water wheel, see how a large wheelie moves with different loads, work out how a ball rolls up hill by itself, have tornado in a bottle races and see how a cartesian diver is made.
Suggested age group 5-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

3. Minibeasts in the Garden and the Compost

Do you know your earwig from your burrowing cockroach? What animals can we find in our gardens? See how many different animals are in a sample of compost and why they are important. Students will be engaged in a hunt through compost/soil samples that are provided. They will observe and learn how the minibeasts move and feed.
Children sit in a semi circle on the ground, so no chairs are required. This activity can be conducted outside if you wish, and in that case we will bring a large tarpaulin for the group to sit on.
Suggested age group 5-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240

4. Aquatic Minibeasts

During this hands on activity children will use a magnetic fishing rod to fish for pictures and names of freshwater and marine minibeasts (invertebrates). They will then look closely at live minibeasts, in small groups, finding out as much about them as they can. Children will use magnifying glasses to see a "fierce world" that they may not have known existed, like a tiny Jurassic Park, where micro-monsters are constantly engaged in a life and death struggle.
Suggested age group 5-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $300 (Due to complexity of preparation)

5. Science Using Food!

This is a hands on science activity during which children use paper chromatography to see how food colours can be separated, make discoveries about electric charges with balloons, perform chemical experiments with foods including "exploding" their own mini volcano and more!
Suggested age group 5-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

6. The Water Cycle

In this activity the children will learn how the water cycle works, make their own mini water cycle (terrarium) to take home, play and play water cycle and tornado in a bottle games.
Suggested age 5-8. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

7. Batteries Not Included

In this activity we look at several historical toys and the science behind them. The emphasis can be on the historical aspect of the toys, or on the way in which they use energy. Toys include thaumatropes, spinning top, cup and ball, shadow puppets and the clucking cup. Children take home a simple toy.
Suggested age group 5-8. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

8. Making discoveries in science using models and historical toys

This activity includes the bernouilli effect, air puncher, reaction times, tornado in a bottle, thaumatropes, clucking cups, ball in cup, spinning tops and a Cartesian diver that they put together and take home.
Suggested age group 5-8. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

9. Stuck on Magnetism

Children individually test metals for magnetism, look at the effect of magnets on iron filings, work out how to pick up non magnetic objects using a magnet, make butterflies fly. They catch a magnetic fish to take home. We investigate an electromagnet, simple motor, magnetism through water and floating magnets.
Suggested age group 5-8. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

10. A Look Inside

Young scientists measure their height, weight and determine their BMI, measure pulse rates, heart beat sounds, blood pressure, the composition of their breath, do activities related to vision and our organ systems. They also explore skeletons and skulls.
Suggested age group 8-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

11. Carbon Dioxide Fun

Carbon dioxide gets a bad press because it is involved in global warming, but it's all around us. Plants need it to grow. We use it in food. Learn about what it is and what it does. This is a hands on activity. Children use chemical testing for carbon dioxide in their breath, make sultanas jump, make sherbert, watch carbon dioxide extinguish candles, make miniature volcanoes and film cans pop and more!
Suggested age 10-12. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

12. Simple Electricity

Young scientists use electricity to make chemical changes and chemistry to get electricity, make a lime battery use an electromagnet, get sound from electricity, and investigate static electricity. They examine the operation of a solar panel, find out how atoms are put together and how that allows the production of electricity, examine electronic circuits and more!
Suggested age group 11-14. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

13. A Young Chemist's Sampler

This activity was developed in 2011 - The UN International Year of Chemistry. It is a station run activity during which children examine a variety of chemical reactions and properties of materials, including indicators, chromatography, chemical electroplating, the real lemon battery, and of course, a couple of gentle explosions.
Suggested age group 9-14. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

14. Light Up the World

2015 was the UN International Year of Light. Students explore the properties of light, working their way around a series of stations. Classify materials by light transmission, make discoveries with solar panels, experiment with prisms and lenses, have fun with shadows, use a periscope, individually make a chatterbox and much more!
Suggested age group 9-14. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

15. Adventures in Sustainable Energy.

Developed for the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. We use a variety of methods of generating electricity (model solar panel, model wind generator, muscle power, chemical sources (lemon batteries and also real battery chemistry). We also look at direct heat energy, as in solar hot water, and uses of sources of energy like falling water.
Suggested age group 9-14. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

16. Forensic Flying Squad

Young Scientists will be given a crime to solve (the murder of the entomologist, Professor Henry Slugg). They will be led through a series of activities (at nine different stations) that will allow them to gather information using a number of hands on techniques. They will have to make judgements as to which evidence is important in solving the crime. They will test various materials relevant to the crime by using microscopy, chemistry, chromatography, physical measurements and examination of trace evidence. After recording their results on the worksheets provided, they will be encouraged to make conclusions that will solve the crime.
Suggested age group 11-14. Cost $8.00 per child, minimum cost $240.

17. The Let's Find Out Science Show

Our Interactive Science Show developed for a larger audience - One hour of scientific fun: Make liquid change colour by shaking it, hold ping pong balls above a flow of air and shoot them out a distance, examine large stick insects, launch water and air rockets and lots more.
The Let's Find Out Science Show costs $300 and is designed for groups of 50 or more children in each session.

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