Project Description

Heat & Energy

Explore the properties of heat and other energies in a fun way. Produce useful heat energy in a multitude of ways, including through friction, motion, electrically and chemically. Transfer heat through conduction, measure it and explore the amazing ways in which heat can generate change.

  • Level: Suitable for Level 3 to Level 6.

  • Duration: Available in a 60 or 90 minute format. We recommend a 90 minute format if budget and timetabling constraints allow.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC, NSW & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • What is energy and why is it important? What are the different forms of energy?

  • The difference between potential energy (energy that is stored) and kinetic energy (the energy of movement).

  • Heat is a form of energy. As materials get hotter, the particles that they are made of move faster.

  • Heat causes solids to melt (the particles separating and moving past each other) and liquids to evaporate (the particles breaking free from each other and moving apart).

  • Temperature is a measurement of the average amount of heat energy of the particles in a material.

  • Heat can be transferred directly from one material to another – this is called conduction.

  • Heat can move through liquids and gases by convection. ‘Convection currents’ occur as the particles in the liquid or gas move from a cooler spot to a warmer one.

  • Heat travels through space as radiation. Darker substance absorb more heat radiation, lighter substances reflect it.

  • Some chemical reactions release heat energy. Some chemical reactions require heat energy (the heat is absorbed by the chemicals from the surroundings).

  • A combustion reaction releases a lot of heat energy. A combustion reaction requires oxygen, fuel and an initial source of heat.


  • Observe a demonstration of the transformation of solar energy into electrical energy and then kinetic energy.

  • Students build various electrical circuits and observe the energy transformations taking place.

  • Observe a demonstration of the affect of heat on the state of matter.

  • Students use a thermometer to measure temperature, and compare the movement of particles in hot and cold water.

  • Observe the demonstrations of heat conduction and radiation.

  • Demonstration of a tea bag rocket as an example of convection.

  • Students conduct an endothermic chemical reaction and feel the changes in heat.

  • Observe a fiery exothermic combustion reaction.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Students observe the effect of temperature on density.

  • A second memorable exothermic combustion reaction.

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (VCSSU059)

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

  • 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)

  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081)

  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)

  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Explains the effect of heat on the properties and behaviour of materials (ST3-6MW-S)

  • Describes how digital systems represent and transmit data (ST2-11DI-T)

  • Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions (ST3-1WS-S)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)

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

  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)

  • Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)

  • Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS055)

  • With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS054)




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Fotini was a fantastic presenter. She was set up well before time, organised and really amazing with the kids. They were all engaged and she did a great job of keeping the session flowing and working with the students. Will definitely book again in the future. 😊

Gladstone Views Primary School Kitchen Chemistry July 6, 2023

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The children absolutely loved the session with Mad About Science. They loved all the activities, and the elephant’s toothpaste is always a hit. Your staff were amazing. So professional and well organised.  There is no other organisation we love to work with as much as yours.

Party Customer March 28, 2023

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Great. Lots of interesting concepts were explored and discussed. Hands-on activities kept students engaged. Great lesson structure. Visuals and explanations. Age appropriate.

Diggers Rest Primary School Chemistry Chaos November 4, 2022