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List of interactive activities

  1. The black box secret
    the pupils are made familiar with the method of a black box, which is one of the basic methods of exploration. The pupils are given the opportunity to form hypotheses and to verify them by means of an experiment. This allows the pupils to successfully reveal the contents of the black boxes without opening them. At the same time they are able to test and strengthen their knowledge about electric circuits this way
  2. Can we weigh the air?
    the pupils with a help of simple tools – such as a bicycle pump, a graduated cylinder, a water tank, a ball and an electronic balance – based on a graphical representation of the measurement results experimentally determine the density of air. Within this activity the pupils learn how to read and understand a graph while the generalization of the knowledge of the relationship between the measured quantities remains in the form of the graph interpretation.
  3. How do we breathe? (or breathing from the point of view of physics and biology)
    a set of computer-aided experiments oriented at human breathing: the pupils first create a model of lungs with a help of simple tools, then they model human breathing and, finally, with a help of a computer-aided experiment they measure the pressure during breathing, what is their breathing frequency at rest and after some physical activity, etc. These activities make physics closer to problems of the everyday life and prove that physics can be found everywhere around us.
  4. Let’s investigate the motion around us
    the pupils examine video recordings of different motions from everyday life and thus make themselves familiar with their characteristics and graphic representation.
  5. Measurement of the efficiency of appliances when boiling tea
    comparison of the efficiency of different appliances for boiling tea (electric kettle, electric cooker, gas cooker) – measurement of the power input of the appliances, consumed energy, time and temperature.
  6. Examination of the electrical energy consumption in a household
    measurements with the “Energy Check 300” and EL 3500 devices, calculation of the energy consumed by a household per month and per year, proposals for energy-saving measures.
  7. Measurement of noise at school and in its surroundings
    measurement of the sound intensity levels in different conditions at school and its surroundings, comparison of the values with recommended standards.
  8. Measurement of lightening at school
    Measurement of the light intensity in a class and at school in different conditions and comparison of the values with recommended standards.
  9. What quality are my sunglasses?
    measurement of the quality of sunglasses, measurement of changes in UV-index during the day.
  10. How a ball jumps and what two balls can manage
    groups of pupils examine how and what the height of a ball jump depends on and based on the examinations they form their own conclusions.
  11. Sound
    a set of activities dedicated to exploration of sound – creating sound, spreading sound, sound volume, etc.
  12. Magnetic field and its force effects
    a set of simple experiments will be performed by the pupils to investigate force effects of magnetic field – magnetic attraction and repulsion, shielding of magnetic field, eddy currents and magnetic separation. Experiments are combined with the excursion to the Laboratory of magnetic separation of the Geotechnical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.
  13. Magnetic Phase Transition
    pupils prepare themselves the magnetic sample for measurement including establishing of its weight, inserting the sample to the sample holder and into device, sample centring, programming of the measurement sequence, collecting measured data. The second part of the activity is devoted to the interpretation of measured data and drawing the graphs. Realization of the activity spreads the knowledge of pupils about magnetism, namely about the critical temperature dividing the two states of the sample, magnetic and nonmagnetic. Pupils will learn about different methods for establishment of the value of the critical (so-called Curie) temperature. Pupils will get acquainted with Commercial professional equipment for measurement of magnetic properties –magnetization MPMS and with the work of scientists.
  14. How science and the world around us work?
    a set of mutually interconnected activities where pupils - with a help of the iconographic modelling system VnR – solve different kind of problems using models (e.g. the pupils can examine the process of cooling hot cocoa)
  15. Surface tension – activity for primary school pupils
    in the form of a game children simulate the behaviour of water molecules in a liquid - this way they are made familiar with the term “surface tension”. Afterwards they carry out several simple experiments where this phenomenon is utilised.

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