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

  • The five senses are touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell.

  • We use our senses to successfully navigate the world around us.

  • The parts of our body enabling our sense of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
  • We need light and 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. How things taste can be linked to our genes.

Activities

  • 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.

Victorian 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)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas (STe-1WS-S)

  • Identifies digital systems and explores how instructions are used to control digital devices (STe-7DI-T)

Australian Curriculum Links

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

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

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

  • Use informal measurements to collect and record observations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS039)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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Just letting you know how much the children enjoyed the incursion yesterday. Steph did a great job! Happy kids, happy teachers!

August 26, 2015

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Steph was enthusiastic and knowledgable. She asked the children really great questions and explained everything at their level.

February 2, 2016

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My 9yo daughter just joined in with the Crazy Kitchen Chemistry and it was fantastic! I really could not recommend this online class enough. It was fun, educational, and easy to follow. Absolutely will be enrolling in more classes. Thanks so much!

Sarah Online Workshop at Home April 19, 2020

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