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Jollybops Science Show (K-Year 2) – Schools

Jollybops Science shows are full of explosive, shattering, fizzy, bright, oozy, awesome experiments – all with the most important part of any show, student interaction, humour and fun!

10 educational shows to choose from!

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Educational science shows with the ‘wow’ factor.
  • Two performers including the Jolly Professor and Rusty the Robot.
  • Student interaction with all experiments.
  • The shows have been an inspiration to well over 700,000 students and staff throughout New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Queensland.
  • Outstanding reviews by both students and teachers alike with almost 100% of schools re-booking multiple times throughout the years.
  • Proven very popular at outside school events including museums, shopping centre’s, libraries and other special events.
  • Shows are approximately 60 minutes allowing for changeover of classes.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Workshop Options


  • The students will discover the scientific principles behind some of the great inventions and environmental understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Students will learn about the science behind the returning Boomerang, the science of sound and the Didgeridoo (Yidaki), find
    out about the inventions of one of the great Aboriginal Scientists and leaders David Unaipon (the face of the $50 note), learn about the science of Fire and how Indigenous communities manage and use fire with their Caring for Country Fire management practices throughout Australia.
  • Student interaction with all experiments.
  • Complimentary ‘post show’ work booklets will allow for integrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture into your school Science program.
  • Jollybops Science would like to acknowledge advice received from Indigenous educators in developing this show.


  • A show full of fantastic Science experiments, most with the humble balloon.
  • Experiments include exploding Hydrogen balloons, Spooky fog, Dry Ice expanding balloon head, Soapy sudsy bubbling Dry Ice cylinder, Pop off tins, Balloon in a bottle race, Balloon helicopters, Colour change reactions and Liquid Nitrogen air
    balloons along with everything that Pops and Fizzes.
  • Students will take part in all experiments as they laugh along with the jokes, pantomime and occasional
    Science song of Rusty the Robot & Jolly Professor, all in one great show.


  • This show targets the Material World and Living World of the syllabus (Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry). A high humoured, high energy fully interactive show for K – 2 audiences looking at properties of materials, chemical reactions and how we interact with and use the chemical world around us.
  • The show includes explosive gases, combusting powders and metals, freezing liquids, colour changing reactions, slimy gooey polymer worms and, if the teachers behave themselves maybe even a little Water to Wine.


  • Students will explore the concepts of Energy (energy makes things move or work), different types of Energy (heat, light, electrical & sound) along with the varying sources of Energy (sun, food, batteries & fuels) through visually dynamic and interactive experiments.
  • Students will explore a myriad of Energy emitting, absorbing or transforming experiments from exploding Sun Fuel, Food fireballs, Kinetic vortices, Colours in Fireworks, Liquid Nitrogen Egg freeze, Cool Dry Ice reactions, Screaming Balloons and
    the popular Sound Cup Competition.


  • A full emersion of all things Weather including air, wind, clouds and rain.
  • Students will watch as Giant clouds are formed, Vortices go spinning, Hot air balloons arise and Weather balloons start exploding.
  • Students will interact with cloud, fog and rain formation, create wind in a ‘wind bag’ competition, envelope themselves in range of Air pressure experiments and even make liquid air.

Curriculum & Syllabuses

Balloon Science

  • Gases, gas pressure, air, air pressure, forces, friction, heat energy, chemical reactions, magnetism, states of matter, along with an abundance of scientific literacy.

Mix It Up

  • Observable properties of materials, elements, compounds and mixtures, changes to materials due to heat or cold, uses of materials, states of matter, simple chemical reactions, gases we use and gases we create as living things.

Moove and Groove with Energy

  • Forms of energy, sources of energy, uses of energy, energy in food, energy, changes the properties of materials, states of matter and how energy can change from one form or type to another (eg chemical to heat and electrical to light/sound).

Wonderful Weather

  • Air pressure (high/low), wind formation, cloud formation, gas composition of the air, evaporation, condensation, the water cycle, properties of water, states of matter and temperature.

Curriculum & Syllabuses (Year 3-6)

Science with an Aboriginal Perspective – Flight, Fire and Sound

  • Flight, air pressure, Bernoulli’s principle, design, fire triangle, chemical reactions, sound, musical instruments, sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The Big Chemistry Show

  • Chemical vs physical change, properties and uses of materials, exothermic reactions, catalysts, temperature effect on materials both hot and cold, precipitation reactions, acid and base indicator reactions, states of matter and chemical formula.

Is It Science or Magic?

  • Optical illusion, chemical reactions, forces, energy, gravity, magnetism, chemical indicators, properties of materials and air pressure.

Environmental Science

  • Properties of gases, atmospheric composition and chemistry, photosynthesis and respiration, temperature, water chemistry, acids and bases, sustainable fuels and energy sources along with ecological balance and sustainability.

Facilitator Profile

Jollybops Science was established in 2002 by experienced teachers Mark Nicholl (Drama) and Trevor Atkinson (B.Ed. Science).

Trevor Atkinson aka The Jolly Professor has a wealth of scientific knowledge.  Trevor ‘s ability to impart complex scientific concepts within the many branches of Science such as Chemistry (Chemical World), Physics (Physical World), Biology (Living World) and Earth and Space, to vastly differing aged infants and Primary school students, has been applauded by countless teachers.

Mark Broughton aka Rusty the Robot is an accomplished Scientist (B.Sc. Hons) with over 15 year’s performance experience.  Mark’s humour and wit, filled with memorable comic one liners, helps engage students in every presentation.

Jollybops is a 6-time winner of the former NSW Department of Education Performing Arts Unit’s Frater Award “Best Feedback from Schools” category and a multi award winner at the NSW Education Expo.

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