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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

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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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

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.

Fizzics Education Awards

Science Show Demonstrations

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?


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.


$390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop

$480 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop

Minimum school science visit cost is $480 inc. GST per day

Find out about offers & discounts here!

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.

Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world

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Extension Ideas!

Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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