Poetry of Motion

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With balloon helicopters, jet powered skateboards and over 300kmh leaf blowers, this show about flight will get you off your seat and into the air!

Program Overview

Students will:

  • Explore the force of gravity and its effect on objects of different mass
  • See how thrust can be provided through a variety of forms stored energy
  • Investigate lighter-than-air flight
  • Learn about the principle of conservation of momentum with a bike-pump rocket
  • Explore air pressure and the concept of Bernoulli’s effect
  • Learn about large-scale migration of birds across the surface of the earth.
  • Discover the biological connection between continents across the globe
  • Develop their scientific skills of: Enquiry, Prediction, Observation, Explanation.

Age:   Years 3-6 and Years K-2
Program Length: 45 mins
Audience:  Up to 2 classes per show (approx 60 students)

Location Requirements

  • 2x power outlets
  • Access to a water tap and sink
  • Space requirements: 3m x 3m [ceiling height min. 3m]
  • Large hall is best if possible.

Curriculum Links

Formal curriculum substrands

  • Chemical, physical, biological and earth science

Links with Overarching Ideas

  • Matter and energy – energy can be used to generate movement and can be  stored in various ways.
  • Stability and change – changes in objects can affect how they move.
  • Scale and measurement - Measurement of the size of different forces,  identification of small and large amounts of thrust and inertia.
  • Patterns order and organisation – living things live according to annual  patterns. Identification of movement at different length scales.
  • Systems – living things are connected in systems across the planet.
  • Form and function – the form of objects can dramatically alter their  movement. Living things have adapted forms to suit their particular needs.

Curriculum Sections

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)
  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)
  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)
  • Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)
  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)
  • Living things have life-cycles (ACSSU072)
  • Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).

NSW Curriculum Outcomes: STe-6NE, STe-7NE, STe-8NE, ST1-11LW, ST1-9ES, ST1- 7PW, ST2-10LW, ST2-1VA, ST3-1VA,  ST2-4WS, ST2-5WT, ST2-6PW, ST2-7PW.


There are heaps of exciting things teachers and students can do on flight and    motion following this show! Here are some suggestions:

  • Compare  various paper airplane designs for function, and hold a competition for the furthest flight.
  • Investigate the optimum water-air ratio and angle of launch for the furthest trajectory of the  bike-pump rocket
  • Demonstrate the direct conversion of sunlight to movement using the solar powered car. Investigate the highest incline on which the car will travel.
  • Build your own  Rotocoptor and explore the world of fluid dynamics and the Bernoulli Effect.

Explore movement and flight at Newcastle Museum and around Newcastle

The Museum has permanent exhibitions on transport and movement including trains, trams, boats  and bicycles. Don't forget Newcastle also has Blackbutt Reserve and the Hunter  Wetlands to explore the life of birds and their flight.

Did you know?

  • Aircraft wings feature a shape called an airfoil which is designed to create lift as the plane moves through the air
  • Bats are the only mammals that can fly
  • The first balloon was invented by the Montgolfier brothers in France in1783. It was inflated by hot air, created by burning wood and straw.