Project Description

Water & The Environment

Water is essential to life, and is our most precious resource. We use it to drink, for cooking, washing and hygiene, recreation, industry and agriculture. During this workshop students develop an understanding and appreciation of the importance and special properties of water.

  • Level: Suitable for Foundation to Year 4.

  • 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 & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • What is water? Where does it come from? Water cycle.

  • Water is essential to life and is our most precious resource. We use it to drink, for cooking, washing, recreation, industry and agriculture.

  • Special properties of water such as water tension, cohesion, buoyancy, density, and transparency.

  • The power of water and how it can transform landscapes and generate electricity.

  • Why is water in peril? What are we doing? What can you do?

Activities

  • Water cycle model, and set up of water cycle in groups for viewing throughout the session.

  • Group exploration of capillary action.

  • Each student uses pipettes and water on a sugar model landscape.

  • Students clean up a simulated oil spill with polymer powder.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Students use an indicator solution to test for pollution in water samples.

  • Demonstration of the properties of water including surface tension, cohesion and transparency.

  • Students are set a challenge which uses the surface tension of water.

Victorian Curriculum Links

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

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047)

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (VCSSU062)

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

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface (ST2-10ES-S)

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

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (ACSHE051)

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions  (ACSIS025)

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A wonderful and engaging presentation. It was a perfect balance of sitting down theory and up and around practical components! The kids left with so much new learnings!

Rochelle Gladstone Views Primary School June 21, 2024

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Presenter was amazing, so good with the children. Very interactive. Loved it. Thank you so much.

Nicole Burwood Heights Primary School and Kindergarten June 18, 2024

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Fantastic birthday party for my 8 year old daughter. Antonia did an amazing job keeping 17 children engaged and entertained. Everyone that attended had a great time. Would definitely recommend.

Heather June 18, 2024

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