Project Description

Material Science

Explore the world around you- sort, classify and test the physical properties of natural and processed materials. Discover how materials can change physically as well as chemically. Mix a material concoction for a purpose, explore the effect of heat on materials, material waste and remake a material into a new product. Available in a junior and middle primary format.

  • Level: Foundation to Level 3.

  • 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

  • ‘Materials’ is the word we use for all the different substances that things are made from.

  • Many natural materials are processed and changed by people, so they can be used for a particular purpose.

  • Materials have different physical properties that make them suited for different purposes, e.g. soft, shiny, flexible, transparent.

  • We can change materials in both reversible and irreversible ways.

  • Changes of state are reversible changes.

  • Chemical reactions are irreversible changes that produce new materials with different properties to the original ones.

  • Some chemical reactions are quite ‘violent’ and produce lots of heat and light – and even flames!

Activities

  • Small group classification of a range of materials according to their origin, and whether they are natural or processed.

  • Engaging teacher demonstration using a digital microscope to view images of materials on a big screen to gain insight into their incredible structures.

  • Students test the physical properties of different properties.

  • Demonstration of the reversible changes involved in matter moving from one state to another.

  • In pairs, students investigate the effect of water on corn starch packaging, and link this to why corn starch is a more environmentally friendly option than traditional materials.

  • Demonstration of the amazing properties of Nitinol memory wire.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • In groups, students use heat and a chemical reaction to make a new material.

  • Demonstration of a violent chemical reaction that produces heat (and flames!).

Victorian Curriculum Links

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

  • Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (VCSSU045)

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

  • Changes to materials can be reversible, including melting, freezing, evaporating, or irreversible, including burning and rusting (VCSSU077)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

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

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties (STe-4MW-ST)

  • Identifies that materials can be changed or combined (ST1-6MW-S)

  • Identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties (STe-4MW-ST)

  • Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations (ST2-1WS-S)

  • Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity (ST3-2DP-T)

Australian Curriculum Links

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

  • Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (ACSSU018)

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

  • Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible (ACSSU095)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (ACSIS025)

  • With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS065)

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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. 😊

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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.

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