Curiosity Series resources

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Curiosity Series

Is there something you or your kids and students are really curious about? Us too! Voyage with us as we explore our curiosities and work together to find answers to our questions.

  • In this chromatography experiment, instead of seeing what colours we can make by mixing a number of colours, we use ordinary textas, water and paper towel, to see what colours have been combined to ma

  • Join George as he takes a look at the erosion going on at the Great Escarpment at Dorrigo and ponders the rocks that are no longer there!

  • Watch on as Andrea attempts to make her neurons form a different cycling brain map as she practices riding UNE Discovery's very challenging backwards bike!

  • Join George on his trip to Ebor Falls to see basalt columns. This spectacular feature forms from cooling lava, and it’s certainly very cool now!

  • Q: How can we measure the speed of light at home? A: With a block of chocolate! Play along with Phil as he uses a microwave oven, a block of chocolate and some mathematics to measure the speed of li

  • Join George as he looks at the bank of a river, showing how different layers of sediment can reveal how a river has changed over time and what this rock might look like in the future.

  • Here's a fun experiment you can do at home using marshmallows - yum! Follow on with Kieran as he demonstrates how you can use air pressure to make 'monster' mushrooms.

  • Conglomerates are rocks made from ancient river pebbles - but how do we know this? Watch George explores this at the Gwydir River.

  • Hey, doesn't sand love absorbing water? So how can we make sand hydrophobic, that is, water-hating. Follow on with Andrea as she demonstrates this cool experiment you can do at home!

  • This Onion Skin Weathering is so beautiful, it will bring a tear to your eye. Weathering is a collection of processes which break rock down into sediment and soil. Follow George as he explores this sp

  • You're presented with a boiled egg and a bottle with a very narrow neck. The challenge is to get the egg in the bottle without pressing it in with your hands. How are you going to do it?

  • Granite Tors are large rounded boulders of granite or a related plutonic igneous rock such as granodiorite or gabbro. Follow on with George in this video as he explores how they form.

  • How do water striders walk on water? Why does it hurt so much when you do a big belly flop? And why is Kieran not soaking wet after turning this up of water upside down?!

  • Follow on with George as he explores this plutonic igneous rock, granodiorite, that is around 250 million years old, and the chemical composition of magma that gives the rock amazing colours!

  • Follow on with Kieran as he explores how the structure of balloons at a molecular scale allow us to play with this pretty cool science party trick!

  • Follow on with George as he explores this plutonic igneous rock, granodiorite, that is around 250 million years old, and the chemical composition of magma that gives the rock amazing colours!

  • Have you ever looked up at those big fluffy clouds in the sky and been curious to understand how they form?

  • Have you ever wondered what igneous rock are, where they came from and how they formed? Follow on with George in the lab to discover exactly that!

  • Follow on with Anita as she uses her understanding of reactions involving carbon dioxide to create a bubbling lava lamp from things you can find around home or school.

  • But, what's a xenolith? Follow on with George as he explores this important Greek term and the amazing colours produced in this rock from the mantle.

  • Follow on with Kieran as he explores how the density of a certain gas lends itself to putting out fires, and how we can create this gas from thing you can find in the kitchen cupboard!

  • Armidale friends - have you ever driven past the road cutting on Madgwick drive and marvelled at the twisty geological layers, curious to know what it's all about?

  • Follow on with Kieran to create a delicious rocky road slice and discover how all the ingredients can come together to resemble the not-so-tasty real conglomerate rock.

  • Follow on with George as he explores something called Liesegang bands and the geology behind the twisty formations.

  • Follow on with Anita as she makes some sherbet and explores how the chemical properties of each ingredient allow for a fantastic fizzing reaction!

  • Follow on with Phil as he creates a clucking musical instrument from things you can find at home, and explores the physics of sound that lends itself to the crazy noises!

  • Follow on with Andréa as she explores DNA and how we can extract the long strands from strawberries using bits and pieces you can find in the kitchen!

  • Follow on with Anita as she creates a cabbage indicator masterpiece, and explores the science that lends itself to dyeing cotton.

  • Follow on with Anita as she explores pH and how we can create our very own colour-changing indicator using red cabbage!!

  • Follow on with Phil as he explores how we make sound using our vocal chords, and the importance of those vibrations!

  • Follow on with Jean as she explores how easy and fun it is to get outside, collect some bits and pieces and create some nature play creatures that are sure to leave you wanting to create more!

  • Follow on with Phil, as he explores the importance of June 21st as the Winter Solstice!

  • You too can try this at home! It doesn't have to be a pet - it might be a soccer ball along the ground or even you!

  • We have extended the challenge by 24 hours! Be a part of our LEGO Construction Challenge - 1 DAY TO GO!!!!

  • Be a part of our LEGO Construction Challenge - 3 DAYS TO GO!!!!

  • Follow on with Phil as he explores how the properties of dishwashing liquid allow us to smash through surface tensions and create a bread clip speedboat.

  • Our friends over at Modern Teaching Aids have put together an amazing webinar series designed for teachers to get a better understanding of SPIKE™ Prime, EV3, and WeDo 2.0.

  • Be a part of our LEGO Construction Challenge and build your own SNOT ball!

  • Ever wondered how different animals drink? It's not as simple as you may think! Here's a cool experiment you cxan try at home to explore how our Thorny Devil lizards drink.

  • This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Our Term 2 LEGO Construction Challenge is a go, launched exclusively by our partner Modern Teaching Aids!

  • We've got something very exciting to announce next week. Here's a hint: it involves your young ones, a creative build, some brightly coloured bricks and some really cool prizes. Check out the videos f

  • We love combustion reactions, and if you've seen us on the road you'll recognise this exciting one that is the grand finale of our Creative Chemistry activity!!

  • Want to create your very own crystals from the comfort of your kitchen or classroom? Check this out!

  • Here's a creepy crawly curiosity with Dr. Jean! Why are millipedes in my house?

  • Who doesn't love oobleck!! Join Andréa as she explores the properties of oobleck and reveals just how easy it is to create your own Non-Newtonian fluid at home

  • Follow on with Jean as she explores our magnificent insect collections and discover how you can create your own using bits and pieces around the house or classroom!

  • The idea that the oldest sundial dates back to around 5500 years ago blows my mind. This got me thinking, how cool would it be if we could make one of our own!

  • Did you know that Greta Thunberg has a beetle named after her? It’s true! Explore more and create your own species here!

  • Want to grow your own carbon snakes at home? Check this out! Join Kirsti as she explores how burning sugar and BiCarb Soda can combine to produce an unearthly carbon snake!

  • Have you ever thought, 'Gee, it'd be great if eggs could bounce!'? No? Well we have! Check out how you can make your eggs at home bounce, and win that egg and spoon race!

  • It’s what animal am I Wednesday and this week’s guest is a very special part of our Natural History Museum collection. Let’s see what he has to say:

  • Do different shaped leaves have different jobs? We decided to ask Dr. Boyd Wright, a plant ecologist here at UNE, to answer our curious questions.

  • Have you noticed winged ants around just before it rains? We have! Dr Kirsti Abbott explains a little about nuptial flights in her backyard..

  • It’s what animal am I Wednesday and this week’s guest is a very special part of our Natural History Museum collection. Let’s see what she has to say:

  • Hello Kids! Tiny the Lesser Long-eared Bat here. Since I’ve been hanging out with Dr Jean at the Natural History Museum, I’ve been looking at nature really closely and carefully. Dr Jean says that I

  • 🎉 COMPETITION TIME! 🎉   We want to know how you're playing at home, at school or wherever you may be!

  • PARENTS AND TEACHERS - here's a great way to get outside and play with your young scientists!

  • Let’s play a game. Ready…..What is the first word or emotion that comes to you when we say “insect”?

  • Each Wednesday we will be posting a picture of animal furs, spines, scales or skins from our Natural History Museum collection, and we want to challenge you to guess what the animal might be. Some mig

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