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Hot & Cold Workshop

Explore the science of heat conduction
in this hands-on school science visit

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Station-based science activities

Your classroom heats up as we explore how heat is propagated through a variety of materials, plus how we harness heat for our own use:
  • Investigate heat conductivity in a variety of materials, including a space shuttle tile!
  • Learn how heat can be created from other energy sources
  • Discover how temperature differences can make engines work
  • Learn how convection drives ocean currents and atmospheric processes
  • Look at chemical reactions; some release heat and others absorb heat....and more!

From the Sun to future technologies, this workshop will keep your students warmed up to science!
Full risk assessments available on request. 

Available as a primary school science incursion within Australia or as a video conference to any school around the globe!


What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Just wanted to say a big thank you to Nina for coming out to M.E.T. Kellyville today to lead us through the Geology Rocks and Hot and Cold programmes. It was very professionally run and Nina was very patient with the many requests of the students. A huge thank you once again, we look forward to running more workshops in the future.

M.E.T Kellyville; Hot & Cold School Visit


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049).
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003).
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)
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NSW Science Syllabus Content

A student:
  • identifies ways heat is produced and that heat moves from one object to another (ST2-6PW).
  • describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces 
  • identifies that adding or removing heat causes a change of state between solids and liquids (ST2-12MW)​​​​​​​

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Workshop Experiment Stations

Ball Smasher Striking materials can create a fair bit of heat!
Colour change mug Engaging demonstration on thermochromic materials.
Cool Conductivity How does metal respond to changes in temperature?
Convection connection Learn about how heat transfers drive global weather patterns.
Drinking bird Classic demonstration of liquid expansion from heat. How does it work?
Get in the mood Rings that change colour with heat. Retro science fun.
Hand boiler Boil this liquid with the heat of your hand. Wow!
Heat turbine Find out about geothermal heat with this great device.
Ice, ice baby! Counter-intuitive melting of ice - which material will melt the ice first?
LCD mats Use the heat of your hand to change the liquid crystal materials.
Nitinol See how nitinol responds to heat and how it is used for robotics.
Radiometer Convert heat energy into kinetic energy with this fun engine.
Space Shuttle Burn How can space shuttle tiles survive heat of atmospheric re-entry?
Stirling engine An engine that runs from the heat of your hand? How does that work?
Tea bag rocket How does that relate to convection; how do you even make it?


  • Appropriate for Years K to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class
  • 10 Tables arranged around a room 
  • Chairs are not required
  • Access to 3 electrical power sockets
  • Duration 60 or 90 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes
For us to provide the best possible learning experience, the materials used during the presentation may be varied to suit the conditions and the audience. Please chat with our presenter if there is a particular focus that you'd like us to cover.


  • $360 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop
  • $450 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop
  • Minimum school science visit cost is $450 inc. GST per day
  • In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!
  • Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

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We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.

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Primary science teaching resources

Classic drinking bird toy!

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  • Demonstrate evaporation & more!

  • Students love this heat transfer toy :)

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Colour changing mood rings!

  • Use to teach thermochromism
  • Makes a great student incentive!

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Colour change ducks!

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  • Thermochromic ducks that change in hot water!

  • Science teaching with a little fun :)

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Colour changing mug

Tankup colour change mug

  • Watch the gauge rise as you add hot liquid! 

  • Great for the staff room too :)

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Over 100+ Free Online Science Experiments!

  • Fun science experiments that you can do at class or home! 
  • Use for science projects or lesson plans.
  • Step by step instructions make each science experiment fun, safe, cheap and easy to make.
  • There are also links to good science websites, so teachers, parents and students can use this section as an online science resource. 
  • Of course, the science experiments are highly engaging for all kids! 
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1300 856 828

Unit 10/55 Fourth Ave
Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia
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