Creative Science for Kids

Explore science facts, intriguing scientific discoveries, and hands-on activities to try yourself at home. The perfect way to spark an interest in science and to feed the minds of science-curious children aged 8 to 12 years. Jenny Lynch is a science show presenter, writer, and science kit inventor, with a knack for making complicated scientific ideas fun, fascinating, and easy to follow. Matilda Sercombe is a young presenter with a passion for sharing fast facts and posing intriguing questions.

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Episodes

24 hours ago

Let’s get a bit stinky with five fascinating fast facts about faeces, a deep dive into unusual animal poo, a question about why poo smells bad, some history of fossilised poo, and scat saving citizen science projects for you to try yourself.
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:46 Unusual animal poo
05:04 Why does poo smell so bad?
06:08 Fossilised faeces - coprolites
08:06 Citizen science projects using animal scats
- Echidna CSI at the University of Adelaide in South Australia https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/echidna-csi
- Koala DNA at Griffith University in Queensland
https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-sciences/research/koala-dna
- Scoop a Poop at Macquarie University in New South Wales
https://www.scoopapoop.net/

Radiation science – X-rays

Friday Jun 07, 2024

Friday Jun 07, 2024

Get X-cited with five fascinating fast facts about x-rays, a deep dive into x-ray images in medicine, a question about x-ray safety, some history of x-ray science, and a shadowy activity for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:24 X-rays in medicine
04:22 Are X-rays safe?
05:43 History of X-ray science
07:31 Properties of light activity
You will need: a dark room, a torch, and a flexible drinking straw.

Freaky forces – air

Friday May 10, 2024

Friday May 10, 2024

Let’s take a deep breath and feel the force with five fascinating fast facts about air pressure, a deep dive into the power of the wind, a question about how air pressure is used to predict the weather, some history of atmospheric science, and a forceful falling experiment for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
Astronaut David Scott dropping a hammer and a feather on the Moon:NASA, Astronomy Picture of the Day, The Hammer and the Feather (2011) https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap111101.html
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:48 Forces in air and the power of the wind
04:50 How is air pressure used to predict the weather?
05:58 Some history of barometric pressure and air resistance
08:27 Paper drop experiment
You will need: two pieces of paper that are the same size and shape. For example, two pieces of A4 size photocopy paper.

Friday Apr 12, 2024

Let’s get cosmic with fascinating fast facts about the universe, a deep dive into the life cycle of stars, a question about the distance from Earth to outer space, some history of cosmic science, and a galactic activity for you to try yourself at home.
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:48 The life cycle of a star
04:54 How far away is outer space?
06:05 Space telescopes, Edwin Hubble, and Henrietta Swan Leavitt
08:14 Swirling spiral galaxy activity
You will need: a large round bowl, water, a splash of milk, a dessert spoon, and food colouring in a dropper bottle

Friday Mar 15, 2024

Description: Let’s lighten the mood with fascinating funny facts about laughter, a deep dive into what happens in your brain when you giggle, a question about tickling, some history of the science of laughter in humans and animals, and a funny activity for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:58 What happens to our bodies when we laugh
05:12 Why can’t I tickle myself?
06:59 Laughter in humans and animals
08:52 Not tickling activity
You will need help from someone you a close to, like a sister or brother, close friend, or a parent.

Friday Feb 16, 2024

Let’s brighten up your day with fascinating fast facts about light, a deep dive into rainbows, a question about colour blindness, some ideas about how light energy is used in technology, and a colourful activity for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
03:21 Light spectrum and rainbows
04:50 What does it mean if someone is colour blind?
06:51 Light in technology
09:10 Rainbow CD activity
You will need an old CD or DVD, a torch, a piece of paper, and some coloured pencils.

Friday Oct 27, 2023

Wrap it up – festive science
In the last episode for 2023 we look back at fast facts about sound, electricity, and liquid nitrogen in preparation for the Creative Science Christmas Show being performed in Sydney primary schools. The Creative Science for Kids podcast will return with new episodes in early 2024.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction
01:07 Sound science recap
02:20 Electricity recap
03:48 Liquid nitrogen recap
 

Friday Oct 13, 2023

Let’s go nano with fascinating fast facts about nanoscience, a deep dive into nanoscale structures in living things, a question about nanotechnology, some history of quantum dots, and a nano activity for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
03:10 Nanostructures in living things
05:13 What are some examples of nanotechnology
07:12 History of quantum dots
08:58 Bubble colours activity
You will need bubble mix, a small dish, and a round bubble wand.

Friday Sep 29, 2023

It’s time to lift off with fascinating fast facts about the Solar System, a deep dive into The Moon, a question about living on Mars, some history of Solar System science, and a planetary activity for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:52 The Moon
04:48 Can humans live on Mars?
06:50 History of planetary science
08:33 Arm span Solar System activity

Friday Sep 15, 2023

Let’s go sub-zero with fascinating fast facts about liquid nitrogen, a deep dive into how people use liquid nitrogen, a question about the safety of liquid nitrogen, some ideas about how cryogenic liquids are made, and a chilling experiment for you to try yourself at home.
 
Presented by Jenny Lynch and Matilda Sercombe. Written and produced by Jenny Lynch. Music by Purple Planet Music. Sound effects by Pixabay.
 
https://www.creativescience.com.au
 
Episode content:
00:00 Introduction and fast facts
02:53 Uses for liquid nitrogen
04:25 How dangerous is liquid nitrogen?
06:33 Making liquid nitrogen, the temperatures of other cryogenic liquids
08:47 Frozen lettuce activity
You will need two fresh lettuce leaves, a fridge and freezer, and a plate.

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