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School Science Workshop... Properties of Materials! | Fizzics Education

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Properties of Materials

Properties of Materials

Investigate melting/freezing/boiling plus uses of materials in our world

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!

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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:
Science

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).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content
A student:

STe-4MW-ST
identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties

STe-5PW-ST
observes the way objects move and relates changes in motion to push and pull forces

ST1-6MW-S
identifies that materials can be changed or combined

ST1-7MW-T
describes how the properties of materials determine their use

ST1-8PW-S
describes common forms of energy and explores some characteristics of sound energy

ST1-9PW-ST
investigates how forces and energy are used in products

ST2-6MW-S
describes how adding or removing heat causes a change of state

ST2-7MW-T
investigates the suitability of natural and processed materials for a range of purposes

ST2-8PW-ST
describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat

ST2-9PW-ST
describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

ST3-6MW-S
explains the effect of heat on the properties and behaviour of materials

ST3-7MW-T
explains how the properties of materials determines their use for a range of purposes

ST3-8PW-ST
explains how energy is transformed from one form to another

ST3-9PW-ST
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

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (VCSSU044)

The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (VCSSU048)

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)

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

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

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School Testimonials

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St Mary - St Joseph Catholic Primary School

I just wanted to provide feedback about the Fizzics Education incursion at St Mary St Joseph at the beginning of this term. Stephanie was fantastic and the content easily gelled with the current curriculum. Thank you for your dedication and time with the students on this day.
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Alamanda College

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!

Science Show Activities

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.

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Posts about this school science incursion on the material world

Requirements

Appropriate for Years K 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

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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Cost

$420 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop

$490 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop

Minimum school visit cost per day is $490 inc. GST

Available as an online class anywhere in the world.
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Extension idea: A chemistry show looking at different types of chemical reactions

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

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Extension Ideas!

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