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Hot & Cold Workshop

Hot & Cold Workshop

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

Station-based science activities on heat transfers

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!

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Online Class Version

We’ve run live interactive distance programs since 2010 and are highly experienced in making online classes engaging for students on a variety of web conferencing platforms.

  • All of the same curriculum points will be covered, but the activities may vary from those listed for face-to-face incursions.
  • Our online classes include demonstrations, Q&A, and hands-on activities (you will receive a materials list upon booking).
  • Full child protections are in place
  • We usually connect to classes & homes via Zoom, however if you wish to use a different software we can work with you on getting the connection live.

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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).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science Syllabus Content
A student:

describes common forms of energy and explores some characteristics of sound energy

describes how adding or removing heat causes a change of state

describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat

describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

explains the effect of heat on the properties and behaviour of materials

explains how the properties of materials determines their use for a range of purposes

explains how energy is transformed from one form to another

investigates the effects of increasing or decreasing the strength of a specific contact or non-contact force

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (VCSSU059)

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060)

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object (VCSSU063)

Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them (VCSSU076)

Changes to materials can be reversible, including melting, freezing, evaporating, or irreversible, including burning and rusting (VCSSU077)

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School Testimonials


MET Kellyville

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.

Castle Cove Public School

I wanted to tell you how extremely well the Stage 1 incursions went with Nina yesterday and today. She was a fantastic presenter - and impressive in how well she quickly adapted to different class dynamics and levels of understanding within the same year level.

Science Show Activities

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.


See how nitinol responds to heat and how it is used for robotics.


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?

Liquid crystal sheet and hand

Feedback about this school science workshop on heat


Appropriate for Years 1 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.

During Social Distancing – Contact us
and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your school and the State’s social distancing requirements. Further details here

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$495 GST Free for a 60-minute workshop or $540 GST Free for a 90-minute workshop.

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In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your primary school.

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