Inspire

The materials in this collection have been developed by the Centre for Science Education to support the network of Inspire science clubs. The materials are activities which can be used to enrich the curriculum, as part of a science club activity, or to help primary school children to understand scientific concepts. The activities explore curriculum science such as forces, motion, electricity, floating, sinking, changing materials and light.

The activities include:

* Balancing Clowns
* Water Rockets
* Steady Hand Games
* Periscopes
* Matched Pair Games
* Kaleidoscopes
* Hot Air Balloons
* Growing Crystals
* Elastic Band Rollers
* Copper Plating
* Circuit Clowns
* Cartesian Divers
* Balloon Buggies
* Zoetropes

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Balancing Clowns

From the Centre for Science Education, and with support from Shell Education services, these materials help children to investigate forces and balance.

The materials contain a clown shape to colour in and cut out. The shape is then weighted with steel washers and balanced on a taut piece of string. Once...

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2010 to date

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Balloon Buggies

From the Centre for Science Education, and with support from Shell Education services, these materials help children to investigate forces and motion.

A wide variety of buggies can be constructed and powered by a jet of air escaping from a balloon. Such a vehicle may run for a distance of 20 to 30 metres...

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2010 to date

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Cartesian Divers

From the Centre for Science Education, and with support from Shell Education services, these materials help children to consider questions relating to gases, pressure, floating and sinking. A Cartesian diver is a simple toy that works using the same principles as a submarine. It modifies its buoyancy to make it...

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2010 to date

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Circuit Clowns

From the Centre for Science Education, and with support from Shell Education services, these materials help children to learn about electrical circuits in a fun and engaging manner.

A variety of electrical circuits are used to make a clown with a nose that lights up and a bow tie that spins. Children use a...

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2010 to date

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