Quick summary: Students experiment with creating ‘eskies’ out of a range of materials, testing to see which materials best keep an ice cube from melting.
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
- 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)
Year 6 Science
- Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-12MW, ST2-7PW, ST3-12MW.
Time required: 5 minutes to set up experiment, 5 minutes for observation every half hour until ice cubes have completely melted.
Resources required: Waxed paper, small cardboard box, aluminium foil, newspaper, styrofoam, fabric, other household items you can use to line a cardboard box, ice cubes, stopwatch/clock.
Safety advice: None.
Keywords: Esky, insulation, ice, melting.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.