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Little Bang Discovery Plus
Little Bang Discovery Plus is the second discovery science experience for children aged between 4 and 5 years old and/or early primary who, together with their accompanying adults, have completed the first Little Bang Discovery Club.
There are new experiments to conduct each time with further investigations to explore at home and share during the next session.
Once again, each child will be issued with a new Discovery Plus box with tools and materials to use for investigations. A new passport is also available for stamping after each session. The final session concludes with a celebration.
Educators may choose to run all eight sessions, or split between two terms.
Session 1 Taking a Scientific Approach and Investigations
In this first session, we revisit the scientific principles learnt in the Little Bang Discovery Club. We explore how to make investigations fair by working out what one thing to change while keeping everything else the same.
Session 2 Lovely Light and Equipment in Science
We use light day and night. Do some investigations to explore more about the way light works. Like scientists, we will describe the equipment we are using in our experiments.
Session 3 Wonderful Water and Measuring Accurately
Water makes life on Earth possible so we look in depth at all the things water does for us. Scientists also need to measure accurately, so we practise these skills.
Session 4 Our Precious Planet and Investigation Steps
Today we learn what makes our planet so special. Acting scientifically means doing things in a careful and step-by-step (methodical) way. This allows us to be more confident in finding out how things work.
Session 5 Physical Change and Making Close Observations
Experiments often result in changes. We explore different types of physical changes and learn about solids, liquids and gases. We will practise making observations and being curious about why things change.
Session 6 Always-there Air and Recording Results
Although we don’t often notice it, we use air every second. During today’s investigations we do some air-mazing experiments. We will practise recording our results in different ways.
Session 7 Chemical Change and Visually Representing Results
Experiments can also result in chemical changes where compounds can combine to make something new. We will visually represent our experiments using a group graph.
Session 8 Our Beautiful Bodies and Looking for Patterns
Our bodies are amazing sense machines. Learn about some lesser known senses and look for patterns in our experimental results that help support our theories. The final session also concludes with a Graduation and celebration. Don’t forget to collect feedback forms too!
Feedback on Little Bang Discovery Plus
What was the best thing about the Little Bang Discovery Plus program? Watching the joy on the kids faces, developing a love for the library and staff.
What was the least enjoyable thing about the program? It ending. It was fantastic! Ollie looked forward to it every week.
To what extent has the program helped extend you children's interest in science and discovering more about the world around them? They are more aware of science things in the environment and at home...we will continue doing experiements at home.
Dr Doreen Clark AM FTSEDoreen is Chair of Children's Discovery. Doreen is a scientist with extensive experience in business. She was Managing Director of Analchem Bioassay Pty Ltd and a founding director of Organic Crop Protectants Pty Ltd, her major business interest following her retirement from Analchem Bioassay. She is Vice-President of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Doreen Clark was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 1997 for services to science and to education.
Jon Jutsen FTSE
Jon is a leader in energy and carbon management. He founded Energetics in 1984, and it remains Australia’s leading energy and climate change consultancy for business and government. Jon is also Chairman of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy. The focus of the Alliance is to double Australia's energy productivity by 2030 (2XEP). He is a chemical engineer with a Masters in Energy Technology. He was selected as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’ and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. He has been named as Engineer of the Year and received Millenium Medal for his contributions to the field. Jon founded the Children's Discovery committee and remains on the Board 14 years later, working towards the next Children's Discovery Centre.
Matt Reardon BEconMatt is a qualified accountant (CPA) with more than 25 years experience. Matt is a commercially astute executive adept at utilising his strategic and financial acumen to create cultural and corporate change within an organisation. Matt has held senior financial and general management positions in listed, international and private companies.
Adam Selinger BSc. Grad Dip
Adam is the Creative Director of Children's Discovery and leads the team behind all of our activities. He has a post-gradulate Science Communication degree from the Australian National University and over 25 years experience producing innovative science and technology educational events in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the UAE and the UK. Adam represented Children's Discovery in a partnership with the University of Wollongong that saw the development of the Early Start Discovery Space. It opened to the public on 20 May 2015. Adam is currently managing our national public library STEM initiative.
Please contact us for more information on any of our programs:
E: info [at] childrensdiscovery [dot] org [dot] au
T: 0417 690 423
Adam Selinger, Creative Director
Wendy Preston, Education Officer