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
= available in Echuca
available in & around Melbourne
= available in & around Melbourne

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!

Workshop Menu

Biology

available in Echuca

BECOME A RIVER DETECTIVE

F-8
Water Testing

Test water samples from our local area and discover how these tests give us a good indication on the quality of the water. What things can influence the quality and why is it important? Meet some mini beasts that lurk in our water. Count and identify some of these creatures. They can tell us lots of important things about the water they live in.

*In conjunction with the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

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I ate a bug!

5-12
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!

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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.

available in Echuca

CYCLE OF LIFE F-4

ACSSU002, ACSSU0211, ACSSU017, ACSSU030
bugs

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.

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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. Make a froth and bubble explosion!

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BUBBLE SCIENCE P-4

ACSSU003, ACSSU018, ACSSU031
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Explore fascinating bubble science, how they are made, why they are coloured and much more. Surface tension is the key to racing fish and bubble formation. Sculpt bubbles and learn some bubble tricks. If space and time permits we might even show you some of the giant kind.

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STATE TO STATE 5-6

ACSSU095
bang

From solids to liquids to gases and back again. Observe reversible changes – and some that are here to stay.

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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 this awesome chemical reaction.

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?

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FLASH BANG F-2

ACSSU020
bang

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

Wheel

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

Construct electrical pathways on our multi function boards. With light globes, fans and buzzers circuit design is easy. 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.

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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ADVANCED ROBOTICS AND
CODING 5-8

ACTDIP020, ACTDIK015, ACTDIP028
(120 minutes)
Coding workshop

Exploring and understand how an Edison robot works. Use bar codes, line tracking and torches to take control, decipher mazes and avoid obstacles. code your own tune. Become a programmer and construct a remote controlled front loader (requires iPad or computer)

  • 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

Twisted Science Shows

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TWISTED SCIENCE SHOW

ADD CODE
show

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.

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Science Show 1
Vacuum marshmallow man

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.

EducationPackage

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 scienTwists we take safety seriously. Below are our Material Safety Data Sheets which outline the safety of the 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