All Primary collection: solids, liquids and gases articles

  • Condensation
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    Condensation

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    Show this Concept Cartoon to your class to get them talking and thinking about condensation in new ways.

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    The science of ice cream

    Heston Blumenthal discusses the science of ice cream in this selection of videos.

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    Enzymes and jellies

    If you add certain fresh fruit such as pineapple to jelly, it will not set. The task in this resource is to investigate why.

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    Should beans be cooked with the lid on or off?

    An investigation into whether having the lid on or off affects the colour of green vegetables.

  • Salt
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    Use of salt in cooking, part 1

    In this activity students devise and carry out experiments to test possible reasons for adding salt when cooking vegetables.

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    The life of water

    2018-04-26T08:55:00Z

    Get hands on with H 2 O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space. Video: Water in space and the Earth Video: Solids, liquids and gases of water ...

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    A Cartesian diver

    Use this famous experiment to illustrate the changes in density of gases and liquids when compressed

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    Separating mixtures

    Fun demonstrations of different mixtures, including racing liquids and rainbow colours

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    Solids

    Display some exciting solid properties to primary students: including biscuit bashing, dissolving and heavy sugar

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    Gases

    Showing the properties of gases to primary students, with examples from: the leaky bottle and the sticky cups

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    Liquids

    Demonstrate the properties of liquids to primary students, including: suspended ice, heavy sugar and the particle disco

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    Changing materials

    Material changes are demonstrated using fun examples: bouncy custard, bath bombs, burning candles, fire extinguishers, lava lamps and many more

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    Olympic composites (primary level)

    Find out what composites are made up of and why they are so important sporting equipment for the Olympics.

  • Swimmer
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    Water sports and solutions

    Life is in aqueous solution - and so is much of sport. Find out why the properties of water are vital to the sports men and women who compete in, on, and around water.

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    Outreach: bath bombs

    Aim: to demonstrate a chemical reaction that produces a gas when reactants are in the correct state.

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    Outreach: speedy star jumps

    An activity that allows the collection of data to test whether sports drinks make a difference to performance during short, high intensity exercise.

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    Materials cards

    Spark awareness of the properties and purposes of materials, while teaching terms like ‘permeable’, ‘transparent’ and ‘magnetic’.

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    Outreach: colourful chemistry

    2016-12-14T11:25:00Z

    Make your own rainbow density column or lava lamp and observe the effect of immiscible liquids and every day items of different densities.

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    Outreach: chromatography, how black is a black pen?

    2016-12-14T11:23:00Z

    Inside many black pens is a rainbow of colour trying to get out. Black ink is often made from a blend of other colours. In this activity you can try out paper chromatography to separate this mixture of inks.

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    Modelling metamorphic rocks

    These activities demonstrate aspects of metamorphism.