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Heat with Ranger Jamie (Years 3-4) – Schools

The classroom will be heating up in this exciting incursion focussing on heat and states of matter!

With explosions, liquid nitrogen and fun interactive experiments, your students will never think science is boring again after this action-packed day!

Filled with engaging demonstrations and interactive experiments showcasing the power of HEAT, our experienced Rangers will take your students on a journey to explore the varying states of solids, liquids and gases in a thoroughly immersive and imaginative way.

Using liquid nitrogen, watch as our Rangers turn water into ice instantly! See the delight on your students faces as we launch 1000 ping pong balls into the air by converting liquid into gas and then create a rocket fuel explosion – all in the name of science!

Students can try their hand at creating lava lamps, launching gas pressure rockets and making magical state-changing slime, giving them the chance to investigate first-hand how solids and liquids change state, as well as the properties of natural and processed materials.

Get ready to get messy on this amazing and educational incursion!

Highlights & Inclusions

  • The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
  • Students are divided into their groups of approximately 30 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity.
  • Students participate in  Lava Lamp and Exploding Bag Challenge.
  • Students participate in Chemical Rockets.
  • Students participate in Launching Gas Rockets.
  • Students participate in Mystery Matter Slime.
  • Full Day Incursion (5 Hours) 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Curriculum & Syllabuses (Years 3-4)

Syllabus Outcomes Addressed: 

  • ST2-6MW-S describes how adding or removing heat causes a change of state
  • ST2-8PW-ST describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of heat energy
  • ST2-2DP-T selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
  • ST2-1WS-S questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

Syllabus Content Focus:
Changes of state 


  • identify solids, liquids and gases as states of matter
  • recognise that a change of state can be caused by adding or removing heat(ACSSU046)
  • describe examples of changes of state in everyday life
  • predict and observe the effects of adding or removing heat on a variety of solids and/or liquids

Key inquiry questions:

  • How do materials change when heated and cooled?
  • Identify solids, liquids and gases as states of matter.

Facilitator Profile

At school, Jamie always had to study harder than the average student. He was a visual learner who struggled concentrating when learning from whiteboards and textbooks in the conventional classroom. Jamie found practical and hands-on experiences beyond the classroom environment more engaging and valuable for his learning style. This sparked his dream to create an educational tour company where students could excel in an outdoor environment, learning through quality, hands-on and engaging experiences in practical real-life settings.

Jamie studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science/Marine Biology at the University of Technology Sydney. Following graduation, he went on to work as a National Parks Ranger where he gained extensive knowledge and experience.

Jamie later realised that education was his calling, and began Ranger Jamie Tours in the hope that he could revolutionise the school excursion industry. His goal was to create and tailor school excursion programs to cater for all students. Jamie strived to recruit a dedicated and enthusiastic team who believed in delivering engaging, hands-on, quality experiences for all students. With a focus on environmental science, Australian flora and fauna, Australian history, ecosystems and sustainability, he hopes to inspire the next generation towards an environmentally aware and sustainable future.

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