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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:

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:

identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties

observes the way objects move and relates changes in motion to push and pull forces

identifies that materials can be changed or combined

describes how the properties of materials determine their use

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

investigates how forces and energy are used in products

describes how adding or removing heat causes a change of state

investigates the suitability of natural and processed materials for a range of purposes

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

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


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.

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

of cryogenic substances

Liquid Nitrogen is - 196˚C, so what equipment must be used?


Is water present in your breath? Condensation demonstration.

shrinking balloon

What happens to gases when rapidly cooled? Air pressure demo

blow up

Blowing balloons up from the outside! Transferring heat energy.


Why can rubber shatter? Glass transition phase demonstration


Also known as memory wire: this changes shape with heat


Using magnetic nanoparticles this fluid reacts in strange ways!


Create a fair test to see what forces paper can withstand


Check out this super absorbent polymer used in magic tricks

with polymers

Investigate a number of polymers from slime to bouncing putty

conductor blocks

A counter-intuitive experiment where ice melts on the 'colder' block

the scope

We look a variety of materials under the digital microscope


Why do they react to UV light?


This safe material is radioactive... how does this work?


Test a number of materials for their impact resistance just like in a lab


Use polarised light can be used to study materials

Colour changing

Thermochromism is used in kids toys, including these cute ducks :)


This devices shows that boiling doesn't just happen at 100 deg C.


Posts about this school science incursion on the material world


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

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