“Science inquiry involves identifying and posing questions; planning, conducting and reflecting on investigations; processing, analysing and interpreting evidence; and communicating findings. This strand is concerned with evaluating claims, investigating ideas, solving problems, drawing valid conclusions and developing evidence based arguments.”
The Australian Curriculum Science, ACARA, 2011, p. 5.
And the teachers?
"All effective in keeping children's interests. The FUN element." Teacher, Morningside SS.
"We all really appreciated Dr Joe’s interesting, entertaining, as well as educational show! The children were fully engaged from beginning to end! Thanks!" Karen, QUT CCC Castledine.
Very entertaining, fun, and full of energy – Alex, Our lady of the rosary Kenmore.
Scientific Inquiry Skills Foundation to year 12
Ethical and Critical thinking
the magic of science
A science show with a difference!
Outwit the Wacky Science Wizard (or if your venue prefers, Mischievous Science Magician) as we take you on a magical journey of mystery, science and magic! This show blends magic and science in order to inspire students to generate theories and test their own ideas. A lighthearted show that’s great for a good laugh!
This show is a lot less about mystery and misdirection, and more about critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and having FUN!
"The show was great, I loved the vest." Maddy. DCSS.
"Love the show I want you to come back to our school! "Gemma.
A quick note on using Magic tricks to teach science.
I believe that there is a knowable reason why everything happens in the world. I use magic tricks to challenge assumptions, to highlight the amazing among the mundane, to re-awakening curiosity with the "how did he do that" reflex. Indeed, the science of today must surely seem magical to the people of yesterday: car, lights, lipstick that doesn’t rub off and tall, tall buildings to name a very few.
This show involves the deconstruction of magic. It uses magic to remind our sometimes complacent minds that there is much we have yet to understand about the world. I do not use magic to deceive, nor do I claim as a magician to have mystical powers: I challenge students and teachers to find out how I do the magic tricks and share that knowledge freely with each other. Although, just like the great scientific discoveries of the past, such knowledge is not always easily won.
Students are challenged to ‘outwit’ the wizard, testing his dubious claims with scientific theories that they generate themselves. As students of science we must re-construct the great theories of science for ourselves before we can truly understand them.