Our Workshops

All our workshops are carefully designed to give students maximum hands-on time while reinforcing teamwork and co-operative skills.

We believe it is important for each child to gain experience with both scientific equipment, language, and scientific principles. To this end our workshops are jam-packed with material and tools.

All our workshops cover core ACARA outcomes and are matched with their corresponding curriculum codes to make choosing the appropriate workshop easy.

*Icons indicate where the workshop is available.

available in Echuca
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available in & around Melbourne
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If you are unsure as to which school workshop or program would suit you best please give us call or email! We love helping you decide on the best program possible!

Historically twistED Workshops

Along with our already popular, Biology, Chemistry and Physical sciences workshops, in 2018 you'll find some new additions PLUS we are also excited to introduce Echuca's Floating Classroom. We've added a little bit of history to our workshop menu!
You can now book an immersive history lesson aboard the PB Pride of the Murray.

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Biological Sciences

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FUN WITH CRITTERS F-2

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Bugs come in all shapes and sizes. Take a look at their structure and sort them into insects, arachnids and miriapods. Use magnifying glasses to identify body parts in Perspex bugs. They can have some surprising adaptations! Lots of hands- on fun activities to keep your students engaged.

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DRINK THE WATERWAYS F-6

ACSHE013, ACSHE022, ACSHE081, ACSHE098
waterways

Focusing on the example of local waterways, we watch the change from a crystal clear stream where a river begins in the mountains to a mucky drain as it slowly meanders through towns and farming land. Discover our influence on the process and also how we can become part of the solution.  Begin the clean up process with filtration and flocculation experiments.

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I ate a bug! 5-12

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what is food really anyway

A fun and interesting discussion on sustainable eating. Are insects the future of our food? Insects are a rich source of protein if we can just get passed the “yuk” factor. Prepare your own bug snack. The practise of Entomophagy is also a great topic for a persuasive writing topic!

available in Echuca

CYCLE OF LIFE 3-4

ACSSU002, ACSSU0211, ACSSU017, ACSSU030
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Plants and animals all have a cycle of life. Take a closer look at some interesting insect life cycles. Meet our amazing Stick Insects and compare their lifecycle to other insects. See how they have made some amazing adaptations to increase their chances of survival. What are insects and how do they differ from other creatures?

Discover that seeds come in all shapes and sizes and are the beginning of plant cycles. How and why do they spread their seeds?

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Milk Matters 3-6

Ricotta Cheese

Follow the cheesemaking process from milk through to a tasty cottage cheese which you can sample at the end of the session. Complete the temperature dependant chemical process and learn a little about milk along the way. You may even produce a batch of icecream to taste too!

Chemical Science

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MIX AND MATCH F-2

ACSSU003, ACSSU018, ACSSU031
elements

Explore mixtures and make your own observations of a number of cool chemical reactions and create a rainbow of colour. Look at the properties of indicators and use them to make “magical” changes.

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IT'S CHEMISTRY! 3-4

3-4
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Delve into the differences between physical and chemical reactions. Use a variety of techniques to separate the components of a very tricky mixture. Students combine chemicals to manufacture some very long and wiggly chemical polymers.

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CHEMICAL CHAOS 5-6

ACSSU077, ACSIS231, ACSIS086,
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Introducing elements, compounds and the Periodic table, this is a great way to begin an interest in serious chemistry. Experiment with awesome chemical reactions to produce precipitates, gases and temperature changes.

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Polymer Science F-6

ACSSU003, ACSSU031, ACSSU077
bday-min

Chemical Reactions that every child enjoys. Mixing, measuring and introducing non-newtonian fluids- what’s not to love? There is heaps of science to discover with these awesome chemical reactions.

Physical Science

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PUSH ME: PULL ME 3-4

ACSSU076
Push

What makes objects move and how do forces act on an object through direct contact or from a distance to cause movement? What is a magnet? Does it push or pull objects? Meet Vinnie, the Van der Graaff Generator and be wowed by his hair-raising antics.

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FLASH BANG F-2

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A workshop loaded with experiments investigating waves of sound and light. How do we see and hear? Discover sound vibrations and how they move through objects with lots of fun tuning fork activities. Investigate light, in all its separate colours. Check out the role of diffraction grating and how it influences the light from the sun. This is a great introductory session on sound and light with a number of engaging experiments.

available in Echuca

PADDLESTEAMER SCIENCE F-6

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Learn a bit more about the workings of paddle steamer. Where does the energy come from? Make your own paddle boat to sail and discover how how the paddle steamers use their whistles to communicate. Sound vibrations can amplified to make sounds much LOUDER!

This workshop includes the workings of these historical Echuca vessels and the push and pull forces that propel them as well as some fun sound experiments.

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SPARKS AND QUARKS 5-6

ACSSU097, ACSSU219
sparks

Compare Current and static electricity. Construct electrical pathways on our multi function boards. With light globes, fans and buzzers circuit design is easy.  Master series and parallel circuits and construct your own circuitry. What types of materials conduct electricity?

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LIGHT SPECTACULAR 5-6

ACSSU080
light

Investigate the mysterious world of shadows and how light behaves through refraction and reflection. How do lenses affect what we see? Use mirrors to locate an image. Light travels in straight lines. How many mirrors can we bounce a laser off and still hit the target?

Robotics and Coding

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ROBOTICS AND CODING
3-4

ACTDIP010, ACTDIP011, ACTDIP012
Code 2

Discover how a robot works and collect information. Experiment with line following, light detection and clap controlled driving. Design your own robot to compete in a Sumo Wrestling competition.

  • May be temporarily unavailable due to robot shortage
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INTERMEDIATE ROBOTICS AND CODING 5-6

ACTDIP017, ACTDIP019, ACTDIK025, ACTDIP027
Robotics

Exploring and understand how an Edison robot works. Use bar codes line tracking and torches to take control, decipher mazes, and avoid obstacles (screen-free)

  • May be temporarily unavailable due to robot shortage
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INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS AND CODING F-2

ACTDIP004, ACTDIP003, ACTDIK002
Code

Fun screen-free activities to introduce children to computational, logical thinking and the most basic of programming concepts

  • May be temporarily unavailable due to robot shortage

Floating Classroom

Join us on Australia’s newest Floating Classroom and sail back in time with your choice of two historic workshops including role-play and heaps of hands- on activities aboard the beautiful  PB Pride of the Murray.

Born from a partnership between twistED science and Murray River Paddle Steamers, you now have the unique opportunity to join us for a history lesson on the water!

Historically TwistED workshops have been carefully designed to immerse your students in a bygone era.

***Each session includes an immersive classroom session with role-play and an introduction to playtime games from a yesteryear.

available in Echuca

HENRY HOPWOOD'S TOYBOX

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Investigate toys from Henry Hopwood’s era, and discover how they work, what they are made of and how they differ from today’s toys. Make your own old fashioned toy to take home.

available in Echuca

ONE-A-PENNY TWO-A-PENNY

VCHHC053, VCHHK061,
VCHHC069 VCHHK073, VCHHC082
Holiday

Explore the changes in Australian currency from colonial times to the present day with some fun, hands on activities and some coin tricks with a difference. Create an Australian animal from metallic coin rubbings.

Twisted Science Shows

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TWISTED SCIENCE SHOWS

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BANG, FIZZLE AND FLASH! An entertaining hour of fun, noise and colour that brings science alive with dynamic demonstrations and simple explanations of scientific principles.

We have a number of interchangable experiments and demonstrations to suit crowds large or small, presentations inside or out and audiences of every age. Talk to us about your requirements.

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Are you planning a visit to the Echuca region and want more information?

The team at TwistED science work closely with other education and accommodation providers in  Echuca Moama and surrounds.

This Educational Package booklet gives you all the information you’ll need to organise 2,3,4 or 5 full days of activities with suggested itineraries as well as providing options for accommodation.

We strive to make it as easy and painless as possible to organise your next school camp in the area.

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Risk Assessment and MSDS

Risk Assessment

A Risk Assessment for a visit to the centre in Echuca is available here

We also have risk assessments where required for activities we conduct and are available on request.

Material Safety Data Sheets

At twistED science, safety is our number one priority. Below are our Material Safety Data Sheets which outline the safety of the most common chemicals we use.

  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Methylated spirits
  • Sodpolyacrylate
  • xMSDS – Calcium chloride dihydrate-9927477
  • xMSDS – Hydrogen Peroxide 35 – 9924300
  • xMSDS – Polyvinyl alcohol – 9927396
  • xMSDS – Sodium alginate – 9924955
  • xMSDS – Sodium Borate Borax fused – 9924967

Requirements and information for incursions

Please provide:

  • Chairs and tables for all students to be comfortable seated in pairs. All Workshops have a hands-on experimentation portion.
  • Access to all interactive whiteboard or like (please indicate if not available).
  • Access to water
  • Access to power
  • Parking as close as possible to the presentation venue/room
  • We require access to the room at lease 40 minutes prior the workshop
  • We require 30 minutes after the completion of the workshop to pack up
  • We would appreciate using the SAME room for ALL workshops

Terms and conditions

  • Workshops are subject to copyright
  • Please ask permission to use videos or cameras during the presentation. The Presenter has the right to refuse permission.
  • All workshops require a supervising teacher
  • The Twisted Science Team reserve the right to modify or cancel a workshop without prior notice if they deem it to be unsafe
  • Payments must be made promptly within two weeks of your presentation