Mad Science Parental Class Summary

This page is exclusively for the use of parents whose children have attended (or are about to attend) a Mad Sceince course.

Parents have told us that whilst their children always enjoy the clubs we run, they would like to know in greater detail what we actually cover in the sessions; so that they can support what we do at home. We all know that sometimes the response from children to the question 'what did you do today?' can be less than enlightening!

This page is for parents who want to extend the 'discussion' with their children about the key science concepts we cover in the afterschool clubs.

It can be used in conjunction with the 'Do try this at home' section in the Parent Zone of the Afterschool pages of the Mad Science website, click here to go to PARENT ZONE. All you need to do is find the topic your child covered in the class and find the associated infomation in the list below.

If you have any questions about anything please let us know, either or 01159221113.

We do hope that you enjoy you experience.



  • Fast-moving pictures make-up a movie.
  • You need good observation skills to make a movie.
  • Things seem to jump out in 3-D movies because two pictures overlap.
  • Three-dimensional glasses (3-D) make each eye see a different picture.
  • Instant snow is a chemical used instead of real snow in some movies.
  • Foley artists make movie sound effects.



  • Entomologists study insects.
  • Insects are part of the arthropod’s group.
  • Arthropods have exoskeletons.
  • All insects have a head, thorax, abdomen, and six legs.
  • Insects live in and adapt to their habitats.
  • Some insects spread pollen so new plants can grow.
  • Insects see differently to us. 
  • Flies have compund eyes


  • Chemical changes happen in the kitchen and in our bodies.
  • Gas bubbles are a chemical change clue.
  • A gas forms when yeast eats sugar.
  • We get nutrients from food.
  • Starch is a nutrient that gives us energy.
  • Protein is a nutrient that keeps our body working.
  • Digestion is how our bodies break down food to get nutrients.



  • There are six simple machines.
  • Machines are designed to make work easier.
  • Inclined planes let you move loads up or down.
  • Screws lift or hold things together.
  • Levers lift or move loads.
  • Wedges push things apart.
  • Pulleys move things up, down, or across.
  • Wheels and axles move loads.



  • The Earth's tilt creates seasons.
  • Seasons affect weather.
  • Air changes mean weather changes.
  • There is water in the air. It can change the weather.
  • Clouds are made up of water drops condensed on dust particles.
  • Meteorologists study and forecast the weather.
  • Lightning is an electric spark.
  • Thunder is the sound that lightning makes as it strikes.
  • Too much UV light can cause sunburns.


  • Gravity is a force that pulls toys to the ground.
  • Potential energy is stored in toys that are not moving.
  • Kinetic energy is released in toys which move.
  • Friction makes toys slow down or stop.
  • Spinning a top gives it momentum.
  • Motorised toys move on their own.
  • Electric motors need a power source.
  • Electric toys stop working when there is a break in the circuit.