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Laptop Wrap: Particle model

A webpage with a focus on investigating the particle model of matter with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Non-metals

Students use this resource consisting of eight slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that elements vary widely in their physical properties and lists some properties of elements that are used to classify them as non-metals. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Evaporating liquid nitrogen

Can you imagine a liquid that turns into a gas at minus 196 degrees Celsius? Watch as the Surfing Scientist explores the change in properties of liquid nitrogen as it evaporates in a series of experiments that go 'pop'!

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Implode a soft drink can using an invisible force

Can you imagine being able to crush a can without hitting or squashing it? Watch as Ruben the Surfing Scientist shows you how this can be done. Listen to Ruben explain the science behind the imploding can and find out what invisible force is involved.

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Is there too much air in chip packets? Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This CLE investigates the properties of the various states of matter. Students follow instructions to predict the effect of changing a variable when planning an investigation. The activity focuses on safe use of equipment and accuracy in recording results. Students will construct a table to organise data and compare their ...

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Uses of some Elements

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that the properties of some metals relate to how they are used. It also explains why alloys have been produced and how they are used. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Oresome elements

This resource is an interactive game in which floating symbols, representing the chemical elements, are dragged into their correct position on a Periodic Table of Elements. Players can click on the elements in the table to alternate between its name and symbol; and double click to see some of its properties and uses. This ...

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From chocolate buttons to magic patterns

Want to do a simple science experiment that works just like a magic trick? Watch the Surfing Scientist to find out how. He creates a pattern made up of regular shapes by dissolving coated chocolate buttons.

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Artificial eyes: how are they made?

To answer the question 'Are glass eyes really made of glass?' Peter Rowsthorn visits an ocularist who makes artificial eyes. Join him as he investigates how these eyes are made. Witness the skill of an ocularist, Jenny Geelen, as she creates an artificial eye to match Pete's existing eyes.

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Metals

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the properties of metals that distinguish them from non-metals. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Making a bottle rocket

Have you ever seen someone create a rocket using a soft drink bottle? In this clip, Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman attempts to 'supersize science'. You will find out how he made a model rocket and see slow-motion footage of the rocket as it shoots up into the sky.

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Egg bungee jump: Connected learning experience (CLE)

In this investigation, the properties of materials are investigated in the context of modelling a bungee jump by an egg. There is an emphasis on linking the physical properties of materials to their use in order to solve a real-world problem.

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Liquefied natural gas

Find out what liquefied natural gas (LNG) is and how it is produced and used. This is an information sheet describing the characteristics of LNG as well as how LNG is processed, stored, transported and used. It includes an image of an LNG tanker.

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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Popcorn, pikelets and chemical reactions: Connected Learning Experience

In this Connected Learning Experience students explore important chemical reactions such as neutralisation and combustion and their application in our world. They students will review the signs that indicate a chemical reaction has taken place and then apply this knowledge to their investigations.

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Plasticine investigators: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This online resource introduces concepts of physical change. Students investigate the physical changes made to plasticine when it is manipulated in different ways, including the softening of the material by warming.

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The surface tension of water

Imagine you could walk on water! Some insects can do just that. Watch as the Surfing Scientist uses a paperclip and a glass of water to demonstrate how this is possible.

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Properties and behaviour of gases

All substances are made up of tiny particles. A change in temperature can change the way these particles behave. Watch as the Surfing Scientist demonstrates how a gas behaves when it is heated. Find out whether the balloon gets sucked or pushed into the bottle!

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How do you make bread?

Have you ever made bread? This clip shows a girl learning to make bread at home with her mother. You will also see how different types of bread are made.

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From the dairy to the shop

Have you ever wondered about the steps involved in getting milk from a cow to you? This clip tells the story of milk, from the dairy farm to the supermarket. Discover where cream comes from and how milk is made safe to drink.