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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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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 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

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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!

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Science Show Demonstrations

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.


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


$390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop

$480 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop

Minimum school visit cost per day is $480 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

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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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