Why Do Boomerangs Come Back?

Why Do Boomerangs Come Back?

Boomerangs are an important part of Australiana! Famous all over the world, Australia’s first boomerangs date back more than 10,000 years. They were originally used by Indigenous Australian as tools for hunting, fighting, digging and during ceremonies. If you’ve ever...
Is Glass a Liquid?

Is Glass a Liquid?

You probably don’t think about it much, but there’s glass all around you. Take a look at the room you’re in and count the number of windows, doors, cups, phones and other glass objects. We’re guessing there’s quite a few! Glass used to be a luxury material that could...
How Do Cameras Work?

How Do Cameras Work?

It’s funny to think, but the phones we carry in our pockets contain some of history’s most powerful cameras. That’s right. The tiny little camera on the back of your phone is the result of more than 200 years of research and scientific developments! While humans have...
What is Stunt Glass?

What is Stunt Glass?

It makes for a great movie stunt when the hero comes crashing through a window to save the day, or makes a death-defying leap out of a skyscraper. And it’s not just cool for you when you’re watching the movie, it’s fun for the actors and stunt doubles too! Movie...
The History of Microscopes

The History of Microscopes

Have you ever looked through a microscope and used it to see tiny objects up close? So have millions of other people all over the world. For hundreds of years, people have been using microscopes to research the world around us. They’re one of history’s most important...

Easter Experiments

The Easter long weekend is on its way again! That means chocolate, family gatherings and a bit of time off to play with the kids. But there’s no way you can spend the whole weekend just eating chocolate. So gather up your lab coat and materials, because we’ve got some...
What is the Periodic Table?

What is the Periodic Table?

Absolutely everything in the world (including your body) is made up of different combinations of chemicals. The periodic table shows all of the 118 chemical elements that are the building blocks of life as we know it. The periodic table is actually one of the most...
Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy

The Earth is in the middle of a crisis right now. Greenhouse gases and global warming are all over the news, and it’s the way we make electricity that’s causing all the problems. Scientists are meeting the challenge head-on, with researchers all over the world...
The Importance of Science Safety in the Classroom

The Importance of Science Safety in the Classroom

Science classes can be a lot of fun. Students learn concepts that help them understand the world around them, and the material is perfect for students who perform better when they have hands-on material. For younger students, classroom experiments tend to be kept...
eLearning in the Age of Zoom

eLearning in the Age of Zoom

School has changed dramatically in the past few years. The pandemic meant that classrooms needed to make a quick shift to new technologies that could help keep kids in school. Of all the tools that have popped up, Zoom is probably the most popular. The video chat...
The Science of Handwashing

The Science of Handwashing

Over the last few years, we have learnt more and more about how you should be washing your hands. Making sure you have good hand hygiene is extremely important and a large part of preventing the spread of diseases. But how do we know to wash our hands and how does it...
What is Electricity?

What is Electricity?

If you have ever rubbed a balloon against your hair and seen it stand on end or if you have rubbed your feet on the carpet and then given your friend a shock, you have conducted electricity. Electricity is a huge part of life allowing everything from lights to...
What Are Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions?

What Are Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions?

Chemical reactions happen around us every day and most of the time they slip us by. But sometimes there is a reaction that has a significant impact and these are strong endothermic and exothermic reactions. These are reactions that create either heat or make things...
How to Engage Your New Students

How to Engage Your New Students

Handling a class full of young minds is far from the easiest task. The subjects you’re teaching are valuable and important, but even high school students may struggle to sit up and pay attention if they don’t find a topic interesting. Creating engaging lessons means...
It’s Not Rocket Science: How Rocket Fuel Works

It’s Not Rocket Science: How Rocket Fuel Works

Rocket ships are definitely cool, and there’s also some pretty serious science that goes on behind the scenes of making rockets fly – especially once they make it into space. Without rocket fuel, we never would have been able to put humans on the moon or explore...
The Science of Snow

The Science of Snow

We might not see much of it in Australia but snow is literally one of the coolest things that fall from the sky. It’s great for snowball fights and skiing and catching on your tongue, and there’s also some interesting science that goes on behind the scenes of creating...
12 Experiment Days of Christmas

12 Experiment Days of Christmas

Christmas break is on its way and it’s time to line up the activities you’re going to use to keep the kids occupied this holiday season! Street Science has easy experiments you can try your hand at over the Christmas period to keep the kids engaged and maybe teach...
What is an Insect?

What is an Insect?

Did you know there are more insects in the world than any other animal? The tiny little creatures can sometimes be so small they’re hard to notice, but scientists have already named about 1.5 million species of insects. That’s three times the number of all other...
What is Viscosity?

What is Viscosity?

If someone gave you a bucket of water and poked a hole in the bottom, you’d be able to hold the bucket up and watch the water drip out quickly. But, if the bucket was filled with honey instead, it would take much longer to drip out the bottom. This happens because the...
Cold-Blooded Creatures: How They Stay Warm

Cold-Blooded Creatures: How They Stay Warm

You might have seen it before – a lizard, or maybe even a snake, sitting proudly on a big rock soaking up the sunlight. Did you know they aren’t just out there for fun? Sure, laying in the sun feels good, but animals like lizards and snakes are cold-blooded...
The Science of Rainbows

The Science of Rainbows

Everyone has imagined the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and seen that moment at the end of a rainstorm. But rainbows are much cooler and much more complicated than you might think. Rainbows are actually the result of the reflection and refraction of light. How...
The Science of Volcanoes

The Science of Volcanoes

So far in 2021 we have had over 50 volcanic eruptions around the world and there are over 1,500 potentially active volcanoes world-wide! This includes everything from plinian and vulcanian eruptions (the type in movies) to phreatic eruptions, those driven by the heat...
Make it Grain in the month of August and WIN

Make it Grain in the month of August and WIN

Junior Scientists, schools and home brewing enthusiasts, get ready to Make it Grain in the month of August for the chance to win big! In celebration of National Science Week 2021, Street Science has teamed up with food technology innovators Earlee Products to...

Why Does Airline Food Taste So Bad?

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that eating airline food is often a disappointing culinary experience. When that dinner tray is placed in front of you on an airplane, the sight and smell alone may be indicative enough of why its taste is not appealing. But did...

Space Jam: How is Food Prepared for Astronauts?

Since Apollo 11 first landed on the moon over 50 years ago, space exploration has been considered one of mankind’s most awe-inspiring feats. Astronauts on mission will roam deep space for months, even years at a time, before returning to Earth.  But even in the most...