Planet Earth

What is inside earth? How much does atmosphere weigh? With volcanoes, earthquakes, some deep breaths of air and a giant inflatable globe, this show explores the science of our planet. 

Suitable for Stages: S2-S3
Program Length: 30-45 minutes

Show Synopsis

The show starts with students locating Newcastle on a giant inflatable globe then explores the layers of the earth underneath our feet. Discussing the heat inside the earth, the show highlights the processes in a Lava lamp and brings a volunteer on stage to ‘ignite’ a vinegar-bicarb Volcano.  Demonstrations show the thinness and pliability of the earth's crust and the role of tectonic movement in causing earthquakes and creating mountains. The role of erosion, weather and atmposphere is explored with practical examples. The show ends with a countdown to the flour flame-ball demonstration.

NSW Curriculum Links

ST2-1VA, ST3-1VA, ST2-3VA, ST3-3VA, ST3- 3VA, ST2-9ES, ST3-9ES, ST2-11LW, ST3-11LW, ST2-8ES, ST3-8ES

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSU075)
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSU096)
  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (ACSSU048)
  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)
  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)

Primary Connections links

  • Beneath our feet, Earthquake Explorers