Science Friction

With curious transport experiments, a vacuum hyperloop network and the Museum's own drone, this show explores the science of friction and the future of transport.

Age: Primary: Yrs 1 - 2
Program Length: 30 -45 minutes

Program Overview

The show introduces the concept of friction and what happens when two objects rub against each other. Friction can help us – like with our shoes - and friction can make things harder for us, especially when we want to move things.  Friction can be really strong – the first demonstration is the phone-book-tug-of-war with two volunteers! Other experiments show how we can reduce friction using ball bearings and overcome friction using power.

NSW Curriculum Links

ST1-1VA, ST2-1VA, ST1-3VA, ST2-3VA, ST1-14BE, ST2-14BE, ST2-16P, ST1-7PW, ST2-7PW

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Formal curriculum substrands
  • Earth and space science, physical sciences, chemical sciences
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSU076)
  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS216)
  • Reflect on the investigation; including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS069)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)
  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)

Primary Connections links

On the Move, Push-Pull, Smooth Moves