What's the Matter?

by  Science Central

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Liquid nitrogen is always a smash hit, and we present this demonstration with lots of shockingly cool phenomena for the students! Younger students are exposed to concepts of very low temperatures and their effects on materials around them. Intermediate and older students walk through a different set of activities with an emphasis on changing states of matter, even at the molecular level.

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By Request: $135.00
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30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity we suggest no more than 50.

Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

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

About This Provider

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Science Central

Fort Wayne, IN
United States

Science Central is a non-profit focused on STEM based learning. We provide hands-on programming in an exciting mix of demonstrations and labs beamed directly to your location!

We opened on November 5, 1995 and are located in a renovated Light and Power Plant. We are the only regional science and technology center in Northeast Indiana. We are also the only NASA Educator Resource Center in Indiana.

We are open throughout the whole year and are able to provide programming during the school year as well as during the summer.

Sarah Vise
2604242400 ext 418

Program Details


1. The program is introduced by stating that matter is all around us.
2. Participants make observations about liquid Nitrogen.
3. State of matter are introduced. Participants move to show how molecules contract and expand depending upon the state of matter.
4. Tube Balloon experiment
5. Oxygen Balloon experiment
6. Changing a Solid
7. Fire ball - Plasma Model


-Name the states of matter
-Outline the relationships between the states of matter, temperature, and volume
-State how heat moves from something that’s warm to something that’s cold
-Explore density of different types of matter
-Discuss combustion and the components required for fire.

-Describe some of the processes of science.
-Recognize some safety equipment used in the study of chemistry.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards:
2 PS1-1,4; 4 PS3-2; 5 PS1-1,3; MS PS1-4,5

State Standards

K.PS.1 Plan and conduct an investigation using all senses to describe and classify different kinds of objects by their composition and physical properties. Explain these choices to others and generate questions about the objects.
1.PS.1 Characterize materials as solid, liquid, or gas and investigate their properties, record observations and explain the choices to others based on evidence (i.e., physical properties).
2.PS.1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
2.PS.3 Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating and cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
4.PS.5 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
7.PS.1 Draw, construct models, or use animations to differentiate between atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds.
7.PS.2 Describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Develop models that predict and describe changes in particle motion, density, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
8.PS.3 Use basic information provided for an element (atomic mass, atomic number, symbol, and name) to determine its place on the Periodic Table. Use this information to find the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom.