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Properties of materials

Investigate melting/freezing/boiling plus
uses of materials in our world
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  • Condensation cloud over a bowl of hot water formed via liquid nitrogen cooling the vapors
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Get hands-on in a properties of materials workshop that works!

  • Find out how solids, liquids and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled. 
  • What do scientists do when they test materials? What are they looking for?
  • Learn about the variety of applications of materials research in everyday objects.
  • How is nanotechnology being used in the modern world?

This science show covers phase changes, expansion and contraction, heat conduction, nanotechnology, polymers, materials science and more. This school science performance can also be viewed as a LIVE web conference anywhere in the world!

What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Yesterday we had Ben visit us to perform the Liquid Nitrogen Show. Ben was great! He was very engaging and was able to answer student questions. He looked like he genuinely enjoyed what he was doing which created a great atmosphere! The show was very informative and engaging. We would highly recommend Ben and the show to any of our colleagues! 

Alamanda College; Liquid Nitrogen Show visit


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046).
  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049).
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074).
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076).
  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077).
  • Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible (ACSSU095).
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NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content

A student:
  • identifies ways heat is produced and that heat moves from one object to another (ST2-6PW).
  • identifies that adding or removing heat causes a change of state between solids and liquids (ST2-12MW).
  • identifies the physical properties of natural and processed materials, and how these properties influence their use (ST2-13MW).
  • describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces (ST2-7PW).
  • identifies then observable properties of solids, liquids & gases, and that changes to materials are reversible or irreversible (ST3-12MW).
  • describes how the properties of materials determines their use for specific purposes (ST3-13MW).

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Science Workshop Experiments

Safety of cryogenic substances Liquid Nitrogen is - 196˚C, so what equipment must be used?
Fog breath Is water present in your breath? Condensation demonstration.
The shrinking balloon What happens to gases when rapidly cooled? Air pressure demo
Balloon blow up Blowing balloons up from the outside! Transferring heat energy.
Ball smasher Why can rubber shatter? Glass transition phase demonstration
Nitinol wire Also known as memory wire: this changes shape with heat
Ferrofluid Using magnetic nanoparticles this fluid reacts in strange ways!
The crusher Create a fair test to see what forces paper can withstand
Super absorber Check out this super absorbent polymer used in magic tricks
Playing with polymers Investigate a number of polymers from slime to bouncing putty
Heat conductor blocks A counter-intuitive experiment where ice melts on the 'colder' block
Under the scope We look a variety of materials under the digital microscope
UV beads Why do they react to UV light?
Radiating energy This safe material is radioactive... how does this work?
Impact tester Test a number of materials for their impact resistance just like in a lab
Polarising lenses Use polarised light can be used to study materials
Colour changing ducks Thermochromism is used in kids toys, including these cute ducks :)
Hand boiler This devices shows that boiling doesn't just happen at 100 deg C.

Studying types of chemical reactions? A chemistry show is ideal for your students!


  • Appropriate for Years 3 to 6 with a Maximum of 30 students per session
  • Ten tables in a well ventilated area, arranged around the room
  • Chairs are not required
  • Duration 60 minutes, set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 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 visit cost per day is $450 inc. GST
  • 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
  • Extension idea: A chemistry show looking at different types of chemical reactions
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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1300 856 828

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