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Science with an Aboriginal Perspective – Flight, Fire & Sound (K-6) – Schools

Students will discover scientific principles of great inventions and environmental understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

A variety of other fun and educational science shows available.

“The Jollybops show was very well received by our staff and students. All students, on all levels, were highly engaged during the show.  There was great student involvement initiated by Trevor and Mark.
The teachers appreciated the additional activities and plan to use some of them at our upcoming Science Day.
Trevor and Mark were very easy to work with.  They were organised and professional. 
I am really pleased we booked this activity. Thank you for providing the opportunity.”
Bernadette Wright, St Anthony’s School


  • 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.


Students will discover:

  • the science behind the returning Boomerang and the sound and the Didgeridoo (Yidaki);
  • the inventions of one of the great Aboriginal Scientist and leaders, David Unaipon (the face of the $50 note);
  • the science of fire and how Indigenous communities manage and use fire with their caring for country fire management practices throughout Australia.

Complimentary ‘post show’ work booklets are provided for continued learning and integrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture into your school Science program.

The show concludes with song performed by a 10-piece student lead Aboriginal instrumental band.

Jollybops Science would like to acknowledge advice received from Indigenous educators in developing this show.

Curriculum & Syllabuses

Syllabus concepts covered:

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

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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