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Calling All Parents Of 5 to 12-Year-Olds Looking
For A Modern Science Curriculum

  • Do you want to inspire your primary school child  to learn and love modern 21st Century science?

  • Do you want them to have FUN while learning advanced science these holidays? 

  • Do you want to leap frog them 10 years ahead of their school classes and set them up for confidence and success in high school and beyond?  

Our 2-hour workshops are FUN. They're both hands-on and minds-on so they engage both your child's left side and right side of the brain.  We target the Big Ideas in STEM and science rather than the "baby science" they get in school.  Our core curriculum covers the Periodic Table, molecular theory, electric charges and protons, electrons and neutrons. We make it easy and fun for them to fly higher in their science journey. 


See our advanced curriculum below.

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Special Offers

Up to 25% discount is available for siblings and multiple bookings.  See here for details. 


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Starter Workshop 1:  Atoms and the Periodic Table

9-11 am Wednesday 28th June and 9-11 am Saturday 1st July 2023    UQ St Lucia Campus

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What They Learn
Your child will discover that just 92 different kinds of atoms make up their world.  That they're invisibly tiny.  That each has its own shorthand way of writing it, called its symbol.  That each has its own special number, called its Atomic Number.

We call the Periodic Table the "Alphabet Of The Universe" because it contains the symbols for all 92 atoms found in Nature, plus some extra ones, arranged in order of increasing Atomic Numbers.  Just like the normal alphabet, the Periodic Table is a list of letters that kids can use to build "words", that is, new substances just as Nature does.  Your child learns about the nuts and bolts of the Universe.


What They Do
Their first activity is using an LED-powered 40 x magnifier and a 100 x microscope to make things look much bigger. Kids are so engrossed in this activity when they discover that their finger prints  looks like mountains and valleys, a sand grain looks like a boulder, and their hair looks like a giant rope.  This gives them a sense of scale in understanding that, to see an atom, they would need to magnify something a million times using an electron microscope.

The most important categories on the Periodic Table are the metals and non-metals.  This is awesome because it turns out to be hugely fun to distinguish between them using an electric circuit containing a bulb.  Your student will test different objects and if the bulb lights up, it is positive for a metal.


We finish the workshop with a literal bang by showing what happens when liquid nitrogen expands to a gas 700 times its own volume inside a balloon.  We also demonstrate the difference between element number 7 (nitrogen) and element number 8 (oxygen) by their different response to a flame.  We won't give the game away but it will be memorable.


What They Get
Each student will be given their own A4 Periodic Table to take home and stick to their wall.  The Universe in their own bedroom!  We will also give them some free element samples that might inspire them to start their own element collection.

9-11 am Wednesday 28th June and 9-11 am Saturday 1st July 2023    UQ St Lucia Campus

Parents, You're Invited

What better way for parents to support their child's learning than to join them at no extra charge?  You might even have some "ah ha" moments when you remember long-lost science concepts, or discover new ones that blow your mind.  Some parents get as much out of it as their kids.


If you can't make it, that's fine.  We will provide the best learning opportunities for them to grow their science while at the same time meeting new friends and having holiday fun. 

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Starter Workshop 2:  Molecules

9-11 am Sunday 2nd July 2023                                                   UQ St Lucia Campus

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What They Learn
Kids find molecules easy to understand, yet the topic is mostly avoided at  primary schools.  They learn how atoms can bond together to form these groups and that they obey definite bonding rules and how to write structural and molecular formulas like H2O and CH4.

The workshop progresses from the FABULOUS FOUR™ molecules that join together using single bonds: hydrogen H2, water H2O, ammonia NH3 and methane CH4.  The TERRIFIC THREE™ molecules employ double or triple bonds:  oxygen O2, carbon dioxide CO2 and nitrogen N2


What They Do
Each student builds the Fabulous Four and Terrific Three molecules using our ingenious magnet-based Sticky Atoms models (see animated gif below).  These molecules are crucially important in our everyday lives (where would be without H2O and O2?), but they also demonstrate underlying chemical principles by showing all four chemical valencies of the different atoms as well as single and multiple bonds that stick them together.   With these seven molecules under their belt most other molecules are just variations that they can construct in a jiffy.

They get to make more complex molecules such as acetic acid, ethene, ethanol and hydrogen cyanide.  They wrap it up with an amino acid then team up with their partners and classmates to join the amino acids together to make a class-wide protein molecule.  This is university level science.  But mostly just fun.

What They Get
They will receive 10 EVA foam atom models with which they can build their own amino acid (glycine) molecule model to take home and place on their desk as their own show-stopper.

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9-11 am Sunday 2nd July 2023                                             UQ St Lucia Campus

Your Atomic School Instructors

Our workshops are run by knowledgeable and experienced science communicators who are skilled in making advanced concepts easy to understand to kids (and adults)  Our expert instruction builds understanding of fundamental science concepts.  This is reinforced by carefully designed hands-on activities that reinforce their understanding.  Finally, we do fun and spectacular demonstrations that have that WOW factor which kids will remember and talk about with their friends.

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Starter Workshop 3:  Protons and Electrons

9-11 am Tuesday 4th July 2023        UQ St Lucia Campus

What They Learn
They discover first hand that there's electricity inside matter by doing some simple yet surprisingly dramatic electrostatics experiments. This sets them up to understand that electric force can be attractive or repulsive, and gets stronger with both charge and weaker with distance. 


Because protons and electrons are Nature's fundamental charge carriers, they dominate the atom's "personality" explaining the layout of the Periodic Table, and why atoms occupy their exact positions in it.  This is upper high school chemistry but we find that primary kids can eat this for breakfast because we explain it in such a clear way.

We dive deep into the inner workings of how the atom is make of protons and neutrons in the nucleus, and electrons in shells on the outside.  They learn the new, modern definition of Atomic Number which is the number of protons in the nucleus.

What They Do
The workshop starts with fun activities involving electric charges where they make pieces of paper dance, hair stand on end, and push an aluminium can with a charged rod.  They even bend a stream of water as if by magic (but really with science).  Better still, they get to see their instructor zapped with a 400,000V Van der Graff generator with a mini-bolt of lightning.  The machine can also make cupcakes fly into the air like a fountain.  This sets them up to understand the inside workings of the atom.

To understand the layout of protons, electrons and neutrons inside atoms we use our proprietary Atom Maker model which mimics the structure of the atom and makes it a walk in the park to understand how protons and electrons behave towards each other, and with themselves.  And how this affects all the things in the world.

What They Get

Each student gets their own plastic rod and charging cloth to  perform all the electrostatic experiments at home, and show their siblings and friends.  The rod and cloth have been specially selected to maximise the "triboelectric" charge and force effects.

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9-11 am Tuesday 4th July 2023        UQ St Lucia Campus

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Advanced Workshop 4:  Ionic vs Covalent Compounds

11:30 am 5th July 2023    UQ St Lucia Campus

Ionic and covalent substances are all around us, and they're also on the cutting edge of technology. Of course, lithium ION batteries are fast revolutionising our economy and this workshop will allow your student to quickly grasp what a lithium ion is, and why it's better than many others.

It's protons and electrons that determine whether a substance is ionic or covalent.  By understanding how they are organised inside atoms using our hands-on Atom Maker, we can easily work out why some combinations of atoms lead to an ionic compound like salt (NaCl) and others to covalent substances like water (H2O).

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11:30 am 5th July 2023    UQ St Lucia Campus

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