Quick summary: Students observe a simple experiment demonstrating convection, one of the three ways that heat can be transferred (the other ways are conduction 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 1 Science
- Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
Year 3 Science
- A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)
Year 5 Science
- Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-12MW, ST2-7PW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes.
Resources required: Large glass jar or beaker, mall cup or beaker (it needs to fit inside the larger jar), food colouring, knife, plastic wrap, rubber band, almost boiling water.
Safety advice: This activity requires boiling water and a knife – depending on student age and ability this activity may be either a student-led experiment or a teacher-led demonstration.
Keywords: Convection, current, heat, water, boiling.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.