Project Description

Beyond Glass

Glass is an amazing material with an endless list of properties- no wonder we use it everyday! Glass is everywhere, from the kitchen to the living room, to your car and to your smartphone. Glass is not only hard to live without, it’s also incredibly sustainable. Learn more about the future of glass with us. 

  • Level: Suitable for Foundation to Level 6.

  • Duration: Available in a 60 minute format.

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

  • State: VIC

Learning Outcomes

  • Glass is an amazing material with an endless list of properties that we use everyday.

  • Glass is a sustainable material that we will see a lot more in the future.

  • Glass can carry information lightning fast across large distances, which makes it paramount in world wide communication.

  • Glass is used in solar panels to transform light energy into electrical energy in a sustainable manner.

  • Light can travel through glass making it transparent and useful in manufacturing buildings and technology such as phones and TVs.

  • Students will learn how glass is made and how heat is used to change the properties of the once naturally found material.

Activities

  • Students will explore in groups how light behaves with glass, lenses and scientific equipment and in turn understand the properties of glass.

  • Students will discover how scientists and engineers will be using glass in the future.

  • Students will learn how glass is made and make their own sustainable, biodegradable glasslike structure to take home.

  • Fun demonstrations on how solar panels and fibre optics work.

  • Experience naturally formed glass via lightning. 

Victorian Curriculum Links (Level F to 2)

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties. (VCSSU044)

  • Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes. (VCSSU045)

  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat. (VCSSU059)

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use. (VCSSU060)

  • People use science in their daily lives. (VCSSU041)

  • Science is about exploring the world around me. (VCSSU031)

Victorian Curriculum Links (Level 3 to 6)

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. (VCSSU064)

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions. (VCSSU056)

  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat. (VCSSU059)

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use. (VCSSU060)

  • Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them. (VCSSU076)

  • Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted. (VCSSU080)

  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations. (VCSSU090)

Australian Curriculum Links (Level F to 2)

  • Pose and respond to questions about familiar objects and events. (ACSIS014)

  • Participate in guided investigations and make observations using the senses. (ACSIS011)

  • Engage in discussions about observations and represent ideas. (ACSIS233)

  • Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events. (ACSHE013)

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties. (ACSSU003)

  • Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose. (ACSSU031)

  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways. (ACSSU018)

  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed. (ACSSU020)

Australian Curriculum Links (Level 3 to 6)

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use. (ACSSU074

  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations. (ACSIS071

  • Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources. (ACSSU097 – Scootle )

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others. (ACSIS041)

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Anneliese engaged the students really well. They were thrilled to be able to take home snow and the UV bead keyring.

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Lisa from Mad About Science is absolutely brilliant (so is the whole team really!). She was amazing with the kids, great with our kids with additional needs and just ran the experiments in a wonderfully fun and interactive way. I couldn’t recommend Mad About Science highly enough.

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Dale was fantastic! The students were so engaged and loved the range of activities he did with them. Thank you for an excellent, informative and fun day!

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