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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.
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
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.
Thanks to co-investment from Inspiring South Australia and logistical support from Public Libraries South Australia, we are continuing to train librarians in regional and metropolitan South Australia. The aim is for Little Bang Discovery Club to be accessible to all communities through their public libraries and community spaces.
Several training dates are planned for NSW and these can be found listed in our newly relaunched FaceBook site!
We are providing science club activities to libraries, partners and events throughout Sydney. Many workshops are now being packages up for libraries to run these for themselves. Contact us for details.
A seed grant from the Federal Government's Inspiring Australia office has enabled us to develop a formal training program for librarians wishing to run Little Bang Discovery Club in their service. We have run training days in four locations in regional South Australia and Victoria. We are seeing the development of local partnerships between libraries and universities, science centres and others with the skills and resources to run Little Bangs in libraries and other community centres.
We continue to develop and grow our network of public library collaborators with Little Bang Discovery Clubs and Big Bang Science Clubs (in-house term) running in 20 public libraries in metropolitan Sydney.
We returned to the Wodonga Children's Fair with MadLab and Kitchen Chemistry workshops. Internationally, we returned to Abu Dhabi to run our Archaeological Dig and Artefact Handling activity at the Qsar Al Hosn festival, and brought Kids Dig back to the Abu Dhabi Science Festival. Our SciFest Africa Kids Dig featured again this year.
During the first six months of 2015, we've run five Little Bang Discovery Clubs and nine school holiday workshops. We've also run four workshops at Science Clubs. In February, we returned to the Qsar Al Hosn Cultural Festival in Abu Dhabi to run 'Archaeology' and in May presented 16 workshops at the Bialik College Science Festival in Melbourne.
The Early Start Discovery Space at the University of Wollongong opened in May. Children’s Discovery’s 10 years experience in creating engaging, accessible and educational experiences contributed to the development of the Discovery Space. This is Australia's only "Children's Museum" for ages birth to 12 years, where family learning occurs through play. There are 14 immersive experiences including Construction Site where you complete building a house, Market Place where you go shopping for healthy fresh produce, Tummy Tour which is an inflatable about digestion, Shipyard where you explore aboard the tall ship HMAS Discovery and a Crawlers' Cubby especially for pre-walkers.
Our busiest year yet with 11 Little Bangs Discovery Clubs, lots of school holiday workshops in libraries and at shopping centres, we took MadLab to two school science festivals and we presented three science clubs at libraries. We were involved in the primary, secondary and community days at the Australian Museum Science Festival and ran an Archaeology exhibit at the Qasr Al Hosin Cultural Festival in Abu Dhabi in February and had four workshops at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival in November.
The Little Bangs Discovery Club for pre-schoolers and early primary school students and an accompanying adult was held in seven libraries across Greater Sydney. We also ran school holiday workshops including MadLab electronics, Kitchen Chemistry, Quake and Shake and made lots of bubbles at the Australian Museum Science Festival in August. We had three experiences at the Wodonga Children’s Festival in October and ventured to the Abu Dhabi Science Festival in November with Kids Dig.
We continued to work on a permanent building to host our exhibits and where our visitors can experience our fabulous learning adventures. Our activities were still being staged at venues throughout Sydney including our new and exciting Little Bang Discovery Club for preschoolers and their accompanying adult carers.
Staged our KIDS DIG at Scifest Africa (South Africa's International Science Festival) and toured the Eastern Cape with our MadLab electronics workshop.
Children's Discovery has been busy for a permanent home as a priority this year but we were still happy to provide our unique educational experiences for special events throughout the year. Some of our highlightes included:
Staff and family of the University of New South Wales experienced our Tour of the Tummy, Table-Top Science and Make'n'Take Science Toys at their family fun day.
HMS Discovery - after 18 months berthed in Sydney.
HMS Discovery set sail to Fremantle Ports in September and is due to open for business in late 2011.
HMS Discovery @ THE ROCKS
"Join the crew of HMS Discovery for a journey of adventure and discovery! Help prepare to set sail from Plymouth, England in 1792. Decide what stores to load for the journey and what to take to resupply the struggling colony in Sydney Cove, Australia. It is four years after the first fleet arrived in Sydney and the new colony’s crops are failing so they need supplies from England."
While on board children were encouraged to learn about the challenges of life at sea, early navigation and natural history.
on the road The team at Children's Discovery has teamed up with entertainment specialist, Just Promotions to tour Build It, and other activities, to shopping malls across NSW. Keep an eye on out home page for upcoming venues. KIDS DIG @ THE ROCKS TOUR OF THE TUMMY & MadLab @ ULTIMO SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Kids Dig @ The Rocks
The adventure of discovery was in The Rocks every school holidays this year with 'Kids Dig' @ The Rocks Discovery Museum. Starting in the site office to collect digging tools, note book and vest, children joined the senior archeologists in this simulated dig.
Australia Day Celebrations
Children's Discovery's SciTechTivities were held at Parramatta Park, Sydney. Workshops focussed on 'wind things', ilusions, balancing birds and things wired up.
ABC KIDS LIVE 16 - 18 JULY
All of Children's Discovery came together under one roof! Children's Discovery was voted the most popular activity feature with the older kids at ABC KIDS LIVE! and ranked very highly with the little ones too. "Everyone raved about how wonderful it all was..", said Trish Powers for ABC Kids Live Over three days hundreds of children and adults experienced building a house with Build It and excavated an archaeological site in Kids Dig. Many also choose to experience MadLab and learnt to use a soldering iron to construct their own electronic gadget.
Big Science & Technology Day Out
Children's Discovery partnered with the Questacon Science Squad, CSIRO Education and the Department of Education to bring Big Science and Technology Day Out to western Sydney. Aimed primarily at school students in Years 3 - 8, the activities included science shows by Questacon and technology workshops by CSIRO and MadLab. As well, Build It gave students the opportunity to experience house construction first-hand. Supported by Uni of Western Sydney, TAFE NSW and NewScientist.
Science in the Suburbs
The first public appearance of the Children's Discovery Museum was at two Westfield Shopping Malls: Tuggarah (8 - 12 July 2002) and Mt Druitt (15-19 July 2002). We presented interactive exhibits on loan from Megafun, science shows and technology workshops. We were officially launched by Jackie Kelly MP. Thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers who worked so hard to ensure our first outing was such a great success.