The Solids, Liquids, Gases & Plasmas Show

Primary School Incursion (K-6)

A spectacular showcase of exciting and energetic demonstrations, all about matter, energy and temperature. Your students will be amazed by sublimating dry ice, boiling-cold liquid nitrogen and flaming fireballs, plus we'll shed new light on many commonplace materials.

 

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Highlights*:

  • Making clouds with dry ice
  • Dry ice powered rockets
  • Freezing warm and boiling cold
  • The sublimation game - students race to inflate a balloon with dry ice
  • The human plasma TV - students hold colourful tubes of glowing plasma in their hands
  • Plasma rocket - launching a rocket with plasma
  • Casting liquid metal gallium
  • Shrinking a balloon with liquid nitrogen
  • Smashing an "unbreakable" rubber ball with liquid nitrogen
  • Hero's engine - liquid nitrogen powered engine
  • Exploding a balloon with liquid nitrogen
  • Superconductor levitation - an object floats before your eyes

*Demonstrations performed will be customised to suit the audience age and may depend on venue or time constraints

+ Curriculum links (click to expand)

Science understanding

Foundation:

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)

Year 1:

  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020) 

Year 2:

  • Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose (ACSSU031) 

  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033) 

Year 3:

  • 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) 

Year 4:

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074) 

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)

Year 5:

  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077) 

Year 6:

  • Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)  

Science as a human endeavour

Foundation:

  • Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSHE013)

Year 1:

  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)
  • People use science in their daily lives (ACSHE022)

Year 2:

  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • People use science in their daily lives (ACSHE035)

Year 3:

  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051) 

Year 4:

  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061) 

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062) 

Year 5:

  • Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE081) 

  • Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures (ACSHE082) 

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083) 

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217) 

Year 6:

  • Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE098) 

  • Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures (ACSHE099) 

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100) 

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220) 

Science inquiry skills

Foundation:

  • Respond to questions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS014)
  • Explore and make observations by using the senses (ACSIS011)
  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas (ACSIS233) 

  • Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012) 

Year 1:

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)
  • Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials
    and testing ideas (ACSIS025)
  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (ACSIS026)
  • Through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS212)

Year 2:

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)
  • Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials
    and testing ideas (ACSIS038)
  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (ACSIS039)
  • Through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS214)

Year 3:

  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053) 

  • Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions (ACSIS054) 

  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools or equipment to make and record observations, using formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS055) 

  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215) 

  • Reflect on the investigation, including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS058) 

Year 4:

  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064) 

  • Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions (ACSIS065) 

  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools or equipment to make and record observations, using formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS066) 

  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS216) 

  • Reflect on the investigation; including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS069) 

Year 5:

  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be (ACSIS231) 

  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS086) 

  • Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS087) 

  • Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS088) 

  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218) 

  • Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (ACSIS091) 

Year 6:

  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be (ACSIS232) 

  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS103) 

  • Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS104) 

  • Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS105) 

  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221) 

  • Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (ACSIS108) 

Primary connections units:

  • Melting Moments (Year 3)
  • Spot the Difference (Year 1)
  • Heating Up (Year 3)
  • What's the Matter (Year 5)

PRICE:

$5.50 per student with a minimum daily price of $550 (all inclusive of GST)

SERVICE AREA:

Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, Illawarra, Nowra & Blue Mountains

CAPACITY:

3-5 classes per show

Age range:

Years K-6

Running Time & scheduling tips

  • Show runs for 60 minutes
  • Consecutive sessions will require a 10 minute reset period
  • Allow a further 60 minutes for set up and 45 minutes for pack up

What we'll need at your school:

  • Indoor venue (hall is ideal) with power point & space for students to sit
  • Access to sink with hot water before each show (eg. staff room)
  • Accessible off-street parking for the duration of our visit, allowing for a 1-hour set up and pack up time

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We come to you - no buses ✓

Flexible with dates, session times & student numbers ✓

Fully insured & risk assessments available ✓

Teachers only required for supervision ✓

Aligned with the Australian Curriculum standards ✓



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Photographer: Vanessa Hill