Thank you again for the invitation to speak at the Australian Catholic University and the opportunity to show all you soon-to-be primary and high school teachers some nifty demos that you will all hopefully enjoy doing with your pupils in your terrific teaching careers. Below are all those links I promised.
Best regards, good luck with your studies and see you out there in a school some time in the not too distant future!
Surfing Scientist my ABC Web page (Tricks, Demos, Lesson Plans, Conundrums)
Roller Coaster ABC Television’s afternoon programming for kids (2005 – 2009)
Studio 3 some clips (including Liquid Nitrogen + 1500 ping pong balls)
Play School science activity segments
Prof Julius Sumner Miller’s “Why is it so?” ABC Science Online website with clips
“The Curiosity Show” opening credits YouTube clip to remind you
Christmas Lectures for Children Royal Institution video archive
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki’s website
Good excuses for being optimistic:
“The surprising decline in violence” Steven Pinker’s 20min TED Talk
“The Mean IQ of Americans: Massive Gains 1932 to 1978″ James Flynn (1984) Psychological Bulletin Vol. 95 No. 1 The original paper that led to the term “The Flynn Effect”
The Flynn Effect people are getting smarter (summary of the hypotheses by Dr Jonathan Plucker, Indiana University)
Some very big unanswered questions in science:
The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks book by Rebecca Skloot
Prof Elizabeth Blackburn’s Nobel Lecture Why do we die?
“A Universe From Nothing” Lawrence Krauss’s book about how a Universe can pop out of nothing
“A Universe From Nothing” YouTube video of Lawrence Krauss’s lecture that led to his book
NOAO’s High Res Solar Spectrum the “missing” black lines in Sunlight compared to those missing in light from distant stars tells us that the universe is expanding > more about Fraunhofer lines > more about Red Shift
There are plenty more unanswered questions in science like where and how did life begin / why do we need sleep / what causes ageing / where did all the water molecules on planet Earth come from… if we ever want to discover the answers, we need more kids doing science.
The demonstrations and experiments
2. Plastic bottle lids in water (no link for this demo)
> NOTE: Wilhelmina uses Skittles plus a sugar cube in the middle > excellent idea!
> Hammer & Feather Drop on the moon NASA Video
8. Mentos + Diet Coke
“On the Losses of Dissolved CO2 During Champagne Serving” Gerard Liger-Belair et al (2010) Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry Vol. 58
“Uncorked: The Science of Champagne” book by Gerard Liger-Belair (2004)
“Diet Coke and Mentos: What is really behind this physical reaction?” Tonya S Coffey (2008) American Journal of Physics Vol. 76 No. 6 [ Note: downloading this paper requires journal subscription which your school may have ]
Background and a fascinating discussion about Diet Coke + Mentos by Tonya Coffey [ no subscription required ]
Eepybird.com these blokes make a living from the Mentos & Diet Coke reaction!! More evidence that we live in a wonderfully weird world!
9. The science of weight loss
The Mathematics of Weight Loss this is my TEDxQUT talk about what really happens to a fat molecule when you are losing weight