Starting Bright offers STEM incursions especially designed for Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens. Incursions last for 30 – 40 minutes and include curious scientific experiments, demonstrations, hand-on activities, craft to take home or a present for each child, depending on the topic you choose.

$149 (excluding GST) up to 20 children.

If you have a specific topic you want us to cover, we will design the incursion for you!

 

Sound

Incursions Sound

This incursion explores the subject of sound with some interesting facts about sound, sound game and demonstrations to understand how sound waves come from vibrations.

This incursion covers all four STEM modules.

Science and Math modules: physics of sound and vibrations. Children practise their math skills in categorising and recognition of the sound of various animals.

Technology module: we step back in time and play with old fashioned string phone technology while learning about sound waves. We use the sound tubes as voicepipes and learn about high and low pitch. It is also great fun to hear your own breathing and whisper. A ‘friendly monster’ is a demonstration of how a sounding board works. Everyone has a turn to make the monster ‘speak’!

Engineering module: playing with percussion instruments to learn that they produce a sound through being struck, hit or shaken like the maracas. Children make their own percussion instrument to take home!

Check out this wonderful blog post about our Sound Incursion at Aurora Early Education!

Little beasts for little scientists

Incursions Little beasts

Whether you love them or you are bothered by them, insects are everywhere! This incursion helps young children get excited about entomology and learn why a spider is not an insect.

This incursion covers all four STEM modules.

Science module: what are insects? What is entomology and what do scientists wear when they study insects in the field.

Technology and Engineering modules: children watch the demonstration of wriggling solar cell bugs, they learn how to make a ‘bug hotel’ and participate in group activity to make the life cycle of a butterfly.

Math module: children practise their math skills in categorising and counting legs of the various bugs.

Primary Colours

Incursions Primary colours

This incursion is a fun way to introduce primary colours and the concept of mixing colour combinations. Colours are everywhere and it is a wonderful experience for children to see how colours mix and form other colours.

Science and Math: Can you name the three primary colours? Why are they called primary?

Technology and Engineering: Children will enjoy participating in colourful demonstrations exploring colour mixing and watching how different colours blend to form other colours. These activities are aimed at demonstrating to children how the primary colours – red, blue and yellow – mix and form the secondary colours: green, orange, and purple. The demonstration helpers will be wearing protective lab goggles like real scientists.

Children will work on an art project to take home. During the activity, they will experiment with primary colours by helping a frog to get its right colour.

Fossils

Incursions Fossils

Fossils are really interesting things, and we can learn so much from them. Have you ever wondered how we know so much about the dinosaurs, even though it’s been millions of years since they walked the Earth? Well, thanks to the fossils that gave scientists clues about animals and plants that lived a long, long time ago.

Science: Children will learn that there are two main types of fossils, body fossils and trace fossils. Body fossils are the preserved remains of a plant or animal’s body. Trace fossils are the remains of the activity of an animal, such as preserved trackways, footprints, fossilized egg shells, and nests. Children will learn how fossils are formed.

Children will learn that the scientists who study fossils are called paleontologists.

Technology, Engineering and Math: Children will participate in practical demonstration to learn how palaeontologists use the brushes to discover the dinosaur remains.

Children will hatch their own frozen dinosaur egg. We love great science discovery and sensory play!