Quick summary: Students observe a simple experiment demonstrating conduction, one of the three ways that heat can be transferred (the other ways are convection and radiation).
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Year 3 Science
- Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)
Year 5 Science
- Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
Year 6 Science
- Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-6PW, ST2-7PW, ST3-12MW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes.
Resources required: Lighter, candle, paper cup, water, tongs.
Safety advice: This activity requires boiling water and using a candle – depending on student age and ability this activity may be either a student-led experiment or a teacher-led demonstration.
Keywords: Conduction, heat, water, boiling.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.