Project Description

Super Bubble Science

Bubbles are more than trapped air trapped in a film of soapy water. Their exact spherical shape and swirling rainbow colours make them a wonder of science. By this session’s end, you’ll be a true bubbleoligist.

  • Level: Suitable for 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

  • Things that look empty are full of air. A bubble is a ball of air trapped inside a thin film of soapy water.

  • Bubble skin is stretchy because of a property of water called surface tension.

  • Bubbles are always spherical in shape, regardless of the shape of the thing used to blow the bubble. Why?

  • Some chemical reactions produce bubbles of gas. The reaction can be slowed down and the bubbles prolonged by adding a chemical.

  • Liquid bubbles can form when two liquids of different densities are mixed.

  • How the swirls of rainbow colour in bubbles are produced.

Activities

  • Demonstration of the presence of air in an ‘empty’ container using water.

  • As a group, students observe the movement of liquid bubbles through a liquid of a different density.

  • Each student tests a variety of objects to see which make good bubble blowers, and which do not.

  • Demonstration of a chemical reaction which produces gas bubbles.

  • Each student undertakes several bubble blowing challenges, such as creating a chain of bubbles, or a ‘bubble in a bubble’.

  • Students try bouncing bubbles off a mini-frame.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • In pairs, students create super-sized bubbles outside.

  • Students create some beautiful bubble art to take home!

Victorian Curriculum Links

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

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties (STe-4MW-ST)

  • Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations (ST2-1WS-S)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)

  • Participate in guided investigations, to explore and answer questions (ACSIS025)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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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.

Kangaloon Public School Wicked Weather March 22, 2021

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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.

Etelka Ronc Birthday Party March 20, 2021

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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!

Living Faith Primary School Natural Disasters January 21, 2021

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