Hot and Cold - The science of heat

by  Fizzics Education (Australia)

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- Investigate heat conductivity in a variety of materials, including a space shuttle tile!
- Learn how heat energy can be created from other energy sources.
- Discover how temperature differences can make engines work.
- Learn how convection drives ocean currents and atmospheric processes.
- Look at chemical reactions; some release heat and others absorb heat.
- ... and more!

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00
Multipoint Premium: $130.00
By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $130.00

An invoice will be sent via email on booking. Payment available via a Paypal payment request. Full payment required 1 week prior to the event date. Fizzics Education Pty Ltd is an Australian business and not subject to W-9 form provision.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Fizzics Education (Australia)


Fizzics Education has been a leading science education outreach provider since 2004. Reaching 350,000 students a year our interactive science workshops aim to engage, inform and inspire students whilst adhering to the curriculum needs of the classroom teacher.

Ben Newsome
+612 9674 2191

Program Details


Time is allowed throughout the workshop to ask and answer questions. We treat video conferences in the same format as traditional science incursions. Please refer to the supporting .pdf document supplied to you on booking which details all of the pre-class, post-class and during class experiment materials your class will use.

1. Program begins with a general introduction and discussion on timezone and weather differences between Australia and your school.
2. The workshop begins with a discussion on 'what is heat?'. We use a model to demonstrate energy being applied to mock gas.
3. Do all materials conduct heat the same way? Your students setup 'spoons on ice' experiment.
4. The presenter runs through a variety of heat conduction experiments (thermochromic materials, hand boiler, burning space shuttle tile and more).
5. We run a counter intuitive experiment on heat conduction and melting using ice and 2 controlled materials.
6. We demonstrate heat application to an alloy which is being used in robotics.
7. We demonstrate expansion of materials due to heat application. Your class runs the 'expand air' experiment.
8. We discuss the convection as an implication of uneven heating in liquids and gases. You will run the teacher-centred demonstration 'balloon survives the flame' (optional). We follow this up with a tea bag rocket and link both demonstrations to convection in weather patterns and ocean currents.
9. We demonstrate uneven heating being utilised in stirling engines and radiometers.
10. Time is made for students to ask further questions and discuss cultural differences between USA and Australia.


Your students will:
- learn that heat is a measure of kinetic energy
- explore responses of materials to heat
- understand that heat conductivity varies between materials
- witness convection as a result of uneven heating of liquids and gases
- discuss uses of heat transfer in modern society

Standards Alignment

National Standards

As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of

Properties of objects and materials
Position and motion of objects
Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of

Science as a human endeavor

As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding

Properties and changes of properties in matter
Motions and forces
Transfer of energy

As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop--

Abilities of technological design
Understandings about science and technology