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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We thought Lisa was really good and it suited all abilities of Glenallen School. There was a range of equipment for the students to explore and she explained the different items clearly. We will definitely be booking again.

Glenallen School November 6, 2019

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The children really enjoyed the session. The activities were fun and the children took a lot out of the workshop. Thanks for coming!

August 26, 2015

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This incursion was the best I have had for a long time, age appropriate, engaging presenter, involved children eager to learn and absorb information. Well done, I will definitely recommend to others.

Kingkids Berwick August 19, 2019

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