Slimy Science

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Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conferencing: What’s better than playing with slime? Playing with slime for Science!  Join Tidda Tash and learn about the Science behind bath bombs, and why molecules in these substances behave the way they do.  This VC gives students a chance to explore what defines states of matter, how slime defies these definitions, and begin to look at the scientific method and chemical reactions. Students will learn about the three states of matter and have a chance to make their own slime. Students will then conduct a series of brief experiments to see which of the states of matter their slime may exist in. The session concludes with students using the scientific method to explore chemical reactions with bath bombs.

Year Level: 3-6

Duration: 1 hour

STEM in a Box:

You will receive hands-on materials and a teacher guide for this lesson if it is hosted within a school environment.

NOTE: When remote learning there will NOT be a STEM in the box kit sent out, students can use household materials or purchase the slime making materials to undertake the experiment.  The bath bombs experiment will be undertaken as a demonstration.

Background Information:

Matter can exist in one of three main states: solidliquid, or gasSolid matter is composed of tightly packed particles. A solid will retain its shape; the particles are not free to move around. Liquid matter is made of more loosely packed particles.

Slime acts as a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it does not align easily with one specific state of matter. The states of matter of a material can also be changed through chemical reactions, creating new substances which exist in a different state then previously observed.

Prior Knowledge:

This program does not require any prior knowledge as all terms are explored with the students.

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Recognize the three states of matter and define each state
  • Formulate a hypothesis for a simple experiment
  • Understand the importance of consistent and exact measurement when conducting experiments.

Activities

In this program students will:

  • Make slime
  • Conduct simple experimental tests on the slime they create
  • Formulate a hypothesis and discuss the results of a simple scientific experiment

Victorian Curriculum

Science Understanding (Chemical Sciences)

  • Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them (VCSSU076)

Science Inquiry skills (Questioning and Predicting)

  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065)

Mathematics – Measurement and Geometry (Using units of measurement)

  • Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, mass and capacity (VCMMG140)

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