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Electric wand

Electric wand

Can you make an empty soft drink can move without touching it? Easy huh? Now try doing it without touching it, blowing on it or jumping up and down.

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Cube conundrum

Can you fold a strip of seven squares into a cube without cutting the paper?

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Wriggling straw wrappers

You shouldn't play with your food, apparently.

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Medicine mix up

You've mixed up your expensive medicine.

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Why ABS brakes make your car safer

Most kids may have noticed the ABS logo on the dashboard of the family car.

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Food, exercise and energy

Food, exercise and energy

Friday, 23 July 2010
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Students use nutrition information to calculate the number of teaspoons of fat and sugar in their favourite food and drinks.

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Helium balloon in a car conundrum

Helium balloon in a car conundrum

Thursday, 26 November 2009
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Accelerate and loose items shift to the rear of a car. Decelerate and they shift forward. What does a helium balloon do? And more importantly, why?

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The Invisible Bowl

The invisible bowl

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
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What does it take to become truly invisible? With the help of a Pyrex bowl and vegetable oil this disappearing trick separates fact from fiction.


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TV remote versus mobile phone

Monday, 18 October 2010Article has video
Tricks Have you ever wondered how the remote talks to your television? Well, grab your mobile phone and find out.

The Surfing Scientist has a brand new look! Check out video of his most popular experiments from the ABC vault, as well as new tricks from ABC3 and stories from Catalyst. Or follow his exploits on Twitter.Watch Surfing Scientist tricks now online!

Thursday, 7 October 2010
Surfing Scientist The Surfing Scientist has a brand new look! Check out video of his most popular experiments from the ABC vault, as well as new tricks from ABC3 and stories from Catalyst. Or follow his exploits on Twitter.

When icebergs melt

Thursday, 22 July 2010
Tricks Ever wondered what would happen to the sea level if all the icebergs in the ocean melted? Find out by doing this simple experiment and you'll discover a pretty surprising result.

Christmas napkin siphon trickChristmas napkin siphon trick

Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Surfing Scientist Christmas is the perfect time for a very slow dinner table science trick to amuse yourself with until the turkey is gone.

Mobile phone disco

Monday, 9 November 2009Article has video
Surfing Scientist This silly little experiment nicely demonstrates how your eardrum works. Build a tiny cling wrap dance floor and use your mobile phone to start a salt and pepper disco.

Coin and paper conundrum

Monday, 12 October 2009Portable document format 263K
Surfing Scientist Can you pass a 50 cent coin through a 10 cent coin-sized hole in a piece of paper without tearing the paper?

National Science Week flight special

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Lesson plan Celebrate National Science Week with these fun experiments focusing on the science of flight. Try them in your classroom and watch Elliot and the Surfing Scientist tackle them on RollerCoaster.

Straw heart monitor

Monday, 18 May 2009Article has video
Trick It's awesome to feel your pulse, but to see it really makes you stop and wonder. This little gizmo will open your eyes to the amazing muscle that keeps you alive and kicking.

Elephant's toothpaste

Thursday, 19 February 2009Portable document format 244K
Demo This classic chemistry demonstration is a huge hit with kids of all ages. It looks just like a giant tube of toothpaste being squished. Be prepared for very excited students who want to see the demonstration more than once!

Magic flower

Monday, 2 February 2009
Trick Pop this magic little science trick in your Valentine's Day cards and your special someone is guaranteed to smile. They're great for get well or birthday cards too!

Secret Problem

Tuesday, 2 December 2008Portable document format 248K
Conundrum Sam needs to send Sally a secret inside a padlocked metal box. They can never meet or send each other keys. How can Sam share the secret with Sally?

Flipping coins

Thursday, 20 November 2008Portable document format 659K
Lesson plan Flipping a coin one hundred times might sound mundane but it always produces truly astonishing results. You'll astonish your class by correctly identifying who really flipped a coin one hundred times at home, and who faked their results.

Teachers Resources Pilot

Find science teaching resources by subject and year and tell us what you think about our teachers’ resource pilot site.

Ace Day Jobs

Watch the latest Ace Day Jobs videos to find out how to get your science career started.

Catchment Detox

Can you save a catchment in crisis? Play the game and test your environmental management skills…

Watch videos made by tomorrow's science geeks for the annual Eureka Sleek Geeks video prize award.