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An interactive introduction to the world of elements, molecules and chemical reactions. We will explore the particle model of matter, then break it down further into subatomic particles, the structure of elements and the periodic table. We will also build atomic nuclei and electron shells with fridge magnets and demonstrate Rutherford's discovery of the nucleus with a rapid-fire
Nerf ™ gun - are you intrigued yet?

How is a compound different from an element or a mixture? What is a reaction? How can you change the reaction rate? We will also explore acids, bases and indicators as well as combustion.

Using models and interactive chemical reaction demonstrations, this program could be used to kick start your chemistry unit (and give you something to refer back to for the rest of the unit) or to round it off with a combination of review, revision and reward.



  • 90 minutes

Number of Students

  • 60

Year level

  • Yr 7 - 10


Access to electricity, access to water before and after the program, a cleared space for the students. Small amounts of smoke will be generated during some of the demonstrations - please do not site the table directly beneath a smoke alarm.



Australian Curriculum

This program was designed to support:



Year 7

Year 8

Chemical Sciences

Mixtures, including solutions, contain a combination of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques (ACSSU113)

The properties of the different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles (ACSSU151)

Differences between elements, compounds and mixtures can be described at a particle level (ACSSU152)

Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances (ACSSU225)


Year 9

Year 10


All matter is made of atoms which are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons; natural radioactivity arises from the decay of nuclei in atoms (ACSSU177)

Chemical reactions involve rearranging atoms to form new substances; during a chemical reaction mass is not created or destroyed (ACSSU178)

Chemical reactions, including combustion and the reactions of acids, are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer (ACSSU179)

The atomic structure and properties of elements are used to organise them in the Periodic Table (ACSSU186)

Different types of chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products and can occur at different rates (ACSSU187)


Year 8

Year 9

Physical Sciences

Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems (ACSSU155)

Forms of energy can be transferred in a variety of ways through different mediums (ACSSU182)


This program can also support:


Science as a Human Endeavour:

Nature and Development: Yr 7 (ACSHE119, ACSHE223), Yr 8 ((ACSHE134, ACSHE226),

Yr 9 (ACSHE157), Yr 10 (ACSHE191)


Use and Influence: Yr 7 (ACSHE224), Yr 8 (ACSHE227), Yr 9 (ACSHE160),

Yr 10 (ACSHE194)



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Phone: (08 )8396 2250

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$220 +GST per session

Travel costs may apply:
$25 +GST per hour, first hour free



3 sessions in one full day:

-$10 +GST per session

3 of the same session in one full day:

-$20 +GST per session

3+ full days in 1 week:

extra -$5 +GST per session

Disadvantaged Schools (Category 1- 4):

-$30 +GST per session, no other discounts apply.



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