Project Description

Come To Your Senses

The five senses are given a workout in this engaging session. They are tested, tricked and more. Get ready for a sensory overload!

  • Level: Foundation to Level 2

  • Duration: Available in a 60 or 90 minute format. We recommend a 90 minute format if budget and timetabling constraints allow.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • What are our five senses?

  • Why are our senses important, and what do we use them for?

  • The parts of our body enabling our sense of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
  • We need light & our eyes to see. Simple properties of light and how our eyes and lenses work.

  • Our sense of hearing enables us to experience the world around us through sound. Simple properties of sound and how our ear works. Sound is measured in decibels.

  • The skin is our largest sensory organ, and is very sensitive to different types of stimuli – touch, pressure and temperature.

  • Smells can be classified into 10 basic types.

  • Our sense of taste is reliant on our sense of smell to give us flavours. There is a genetic test related to taste.


  • A class game that takes away light, and the student’s sense of sight temporarily, forcing them to become more reliant on their other senses.

  • Demonstration of the component colours of light using a prism.

  • Demonstration of how the lens in our eye works with light.

  • Students explore various types of lenses and understand how they work – diffraction grating, fly eye, magnifier, kaleidoscope, mini telescope.

  • Demonstration of Eighty decibel sound.

  • Students explore sound waves as physical movement energy with tuning forks.

  • Students test the sensitivity of their sense of touch.

  • Students classify smells into basic types.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Taste test demonstration with class participation.

  • Genetic test using the sense of taste.

Curriculum Links

  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (VCSSU049)
  • People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (VCSIS054)

  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS052)




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Mad About Science Electricity session was amazing… I learnt plenty myself!

Mrs S February 12, 2018

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Lucie did a fantastic job of presenting the information in an interesting and fun way. Thanks again for the incursion – the kids got lots out of the experience and it has provided lots of discussion in the classrooms.

August 26, 2015

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Another great incursion from Mad About Science.  We wouldn’t use anybody else for our school science workshops!

February 16, 2018