Science of Slime

With goopy hair, oobleck eyes and slimy brains, the Science of Slime show will disgust your students, but in a good way.

Age: Primary: Yrs 2-4
Program Length: 30-40 minutes
Audience: Up to 120 students

Program overview

Students will:

  • Explore the differences between states of matter – solid, liquid, gas
  • Observe how liquids fill their container.
  • Witness chemical reactions resulting in new substances
  • See how surface tension affects liquids behaviour
  • Discover how materials can behave non-linearly
  • Develop their scientific skills of: Enquiry, Prediction, Observation, Explanation.

Location requirements

  • 1x power outlets
  • Access to a water tap and sink
  • Space requirements: 3m x 3m

Curriculum links

Formal ACS Substrands

  • Chemical and physical sciences

Links with Overarching Ideas

  • Scale and measurement – quantities are required to be used in correct ratios to achieve desired chemical reactions
  • Pattern order and organisation – matter is classified into states: solid, liquid and gas, and there can be materials with mixtures of the three
  • Stability and change – some materials change over time
  • Matter and energy – chemical reactions can release energy.

Curriculum sections

  • Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)
  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
  • Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)
  • Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)
  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074).

NSW Curriculum outcomes

ST1-1VA, ST2-1VA, ST1-4WS,ST2-4WS,ST1-5WT, ST2-5WT, ST1-7PW, ST2-7PW, ST1-12MW, ST1-13MW, ST2-13MW, ST3-12MW, ST3-13MW

Extensions

There are plenty of slimy things to continue exploring in the class and at home. Here are some suggestions:

In class and at home
 

Explore the science of oobleck and check out videos of people walking on swimming pools full of it
See if you can make oobleck monsters dance to music
Make a slime-erupting volcano
Explore the common everyday uses of different polymers – from tyres to speedos to TVs
Make your own ‘flubber’ slime

Slime at Newcastle Museum

  • There’s a lot of slime history at the Newcastle Museum.
  • The University of Newcastle is one of the world pioneers in making solar cells from polymers – the key ingredient of slime. Check out more information at the 50 Years of Newcastle University exhibition from May to August 2015.
  • The surface tension that makes slime slimy is also the science behind why we can surf waves.  See the Newcastle Museum exhibition: surf=Newcastle=surf from March to June 2015, and check out items on permanent display from Newcastle’s own Surfing World Champion Mark Richards.
  • The world’s largest manufacturer of explosives is situated in Newcastle and they make slime too! Check out our show’s sponsors: Orica and the range of science programs they support at the Museum.

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