Project Description

The Matter of Matter

Use the magic of dry ice to explore the three common states of matter – solids, liquids and gases. From everlasting bubbling fountains to cool chemical fire extinguishers. This session matters!

  • Level: Suitable for Level 3 through to Level 6.

  • Duration: Available in a 90 minute format only.

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

  • Surcharge: An additional $45 surcharge applies to this topic for dry ice.

  • State: VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • Matter is anything that takes up space or has a mass.

  • Matter can be classified into three main states: solids, liquids, and gasses. Each state has different properties, shape and volume due to different atomic bonds.

  • Some matter can not be easily classified into the three main states. One example is non-Newtonian fluids.

  • Plasma is a highly energetic state of matter.

  • Matter changes between states when it is heated and cooled, and these changes are reversible.

  • Scientists identify invisible gasses in a number of ways, including using a flame to see how it will respond in the presence of the gas. Carbon dioxide gas extinguishes fire.

  • Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide and responds to heat by sublimating.

  • Laboratory techniques, such as organisation, accuracy, measurement, use of equipment, and safety.

  • Scientific method and building science vocabulary.

Activities

  • Discussion of matter, and demonstration of how gas quickly changes shape and volume.

  • Small group classification of matter.

  • Demonstration of non-Newtonian matter, and how its properties change with different forces.

  • Demonstration of how matter changes state when heat is applied and removed.

  • Demonstration of how plasma is formed.

  • Impressive dry ice demonstrations.

  • Students create an everlasting bubbling fountain with dry ice.

  • Students identify the gas that dry ice turns into using a flame.

  • Students identify the gas that is produced during a chemical reaction between an acid and a base using a flame.

  • Memorable cauldron and boo bubble demonstration.

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)

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

  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings  (VCSIS070)

  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088)

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

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

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Describes how adding or removing heat causes a change of state (ST2-6MW-S)

  • 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)

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

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

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

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

  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships  (ACSIS093)

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

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

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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Fantastic instruction to students. Relatable activities that are easy for teacher to replicate. Simple activities with big WOW factor. Great opportunity for professional development.

Georgina Garner March 5, 2019

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A great hours presentation with lots of hands-on activities to keep the students interested. Kids: “that was awesome!”

August 26, 2015

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Just letting you know how much the children enjoyed the incursion yesterday. Steph did a great job! Happy kids, happy teachers!

August 26, 2015

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