Series: The Fixies
Nolik learns about friction and how oil helps reduce friction. He wants to go sledding with Tom but is disappointed that he isn't allowed to. However, he decides to make an oil slick so that he can sled and have fun like Tom does. That turns out to be a mess, but Tom knows how he must be feeling and brings him some snow to play with. Show Less
Ever wondered how electricity is made? This short excerpt demonstrates the process of creating electricity and the impact it has on nature. It also teaches students to be mindful when using energy so they aren’t wasteful.
Have your Christmas lights ever stopped working completely? Well it’s probably just because one bulb blew which cut the rest off from electricity! Discover how it can be easily fixed and the science behind an electrical circuit in this short clip.
Levers are all around us. They help make work easier and are essential for a range of tasks. In this clip, your students will discover what a lever is and how they work.
After Tom Thomas’ friend, Kayta, leaves her mobile phone at his apartment, he wants to read her text messages. Simka and Nolik know it’s wrong and try to stop him from reading messages that aren’t his to read. He also learns that when the power is off, or if something is blocking the battery, the phone and texts will not work. Show Less
Learn how airbags and other safety mechanisms in cars keep us safe from harm. The Professor makes an airbag that does not deflate and realises that there are problems with this. He does not give up, but instead considers how to make the airbag better and creates a mechanism that makes it deflate as well. Show Less
Tom is startled by a bee in the house and wants to kill it. Simka explains to Tom why the bee is there and about all of the beneficial properties that bees have, so they work together to coax the bee out the window instead.
Tom makes a cartoon making fun of Nolik, and ends up hurting his feelings. He and Simka feel bad so they decide to make a different cartoon to make Nolik feel better. This clip shows how cartoons create animations, and how you can make your own!
Tom Thomas gets angry at Nolik, which makes Nolik get mad at Simka, who then gets mad at Toola. Toola convinces her friends to create a chain reaction of positive feelings and demonstrates how chain reactions work in scientific scenarios.
The electricity goes out, and the eggs in the incubator start getting cold, which is dangerous for the chicks! The Fixies make a decision to keep the eggs warm in a different way so that the chicks survive.
Tom breaks a piece in his dart gun, so he learns the importance of making an accurate technical drawing in order to get things right. Tom has to make his drawing a number of times until he gets it right, which teaches him not to give up, resulting in satisfaction for a job well done. Show Less
Disclaimer: This clip mentions 911 as the emergency number. Please make explicit to your students the emergency contact number of your region. A fire starts in the lab! The Fixies try to put it out on their own but it's too big for them. Fire calls the authorities in case the situation gets out of hand, and demonstrates his responsible decision making. Show Less
Tom Thomas is trying to communicate with his neighbour by using a flashlight when all of a sudden it stops working! Simka and Nolik come to the rescue by fixing the torch while explaining how they work and the history behind them.
Nolik and Tom are playing with a globe. They use the globe to teach Nolik about gravity and how days and nights, and summer and winter occur.
Tom is trying to put together a chair, but when he tries on his own he is more interested in getting the job done than reading the instructions. However, he soon finds out that to construct the chair properly, he may need to pay close attention to those instructions! Tom and the Fixies team up to put it together while explaining the importance of instructions across different scenarios such as medicine, cooking and construction. Show Less
Tom is on a case - he’s trying to find out where his missing plane wing is. He found a fingerprint and is trying to find the match. Meanwhile, Chewsocka is not acting herself. They all feel badly for her and figure out that she has a piece of glass stuck in her paw. They help Chewsocka and then solve the case by realising that the fingerprints on the plane were actually Tom’s! Show Less
Tom finds a mirror at home but part of it is not reflective. Discover how mirrors work and watch how the Fixies spray something on the back to make it reflective again.
After watching a scary movie, Tom Thomas wants to sleep with the lights on. Although Nolik and Simka can understand how he feels, they explain that the amount of energy it takes to leave the lights on all night is not a good solution as it drains natural resources. They eventually discover a resolution - Nolik can act as Tom's nightlight! Show Less
Simka and Nolik discover Tom Thomas’ teddy bear has a broken part, and decide to fix it for him using a prosthesis. Then Nolik gets worried that Tom would rather be best friends with the bear than with them, but Tom sets his straight and tells him how much he likes the Fixies. Show Less
It's Tom Thomas' birthday and he wants a robot! His parents get him one, but then his Dad accidentally breaks it. The Fixies save the day by helping to fix the robot, just in time for the morning of Tom's birthday.
Tom needs to feed the dog but doesn’t know how much he should feed her because he needs to know her weight. With the help of Simka and Nolik, he finds out how to weigh the dog and figures out her weight using measurement scales!