Fire and Ice Show

From supercool liquid nitrogen to fireworks, things are heating up in the Sciencentre with the Fire and Ice Science Theatre Show. We will bring the temperature down as we rapidly cool, freeze and condense liquids and gases with some unexpected results. Things won’t stay cool forever, as we burn our way through chemical reactions and hot colourful flames.
This cool show will fire your imagination as we explore the science of fire and ice.

The Fire and Ice Show explores a number of scientific concepts such as:

  • States of matter – exploring properties and behaviours of solids, liquids and gases
  • Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible
  • Effects of low and high temperatures on materials
  • Chemical reactions such as combustion

Science Theatre Shows are presented as an added opportunity for learning and fun within the Sciencentre.

The Fire and Ice Show is presented on weekdays during the Queensland school term and is dependent on school bookings.
A variety of shows, including the Fire and Ice Show, are presented on weekends and holidays.

Please check latest information upon arrival at the Sciencentre. Show topics and times are subject to change without notice.


Learning Objectives and Curriculum

  • Understand that science is part of everyday life.
  • To promote the fun, excitement and curiosity of science.
  • Explore scientific concepts such as states of matter, effects of low and high temperatures, physical changes and chemical reactions, reversible and irreversible changes, conservation of mass and energy.
  • Engage with materials (either real or role play). 
  • Explore natural phenomena, ask questions, make observations, predict outcomes and test ideas.
  • Explain natural phenomena and make links between observations and the everyday world.

The Fire and Ice Show supports investigation of concepts in the Chemical and Physical Sciences sub-strands in the Australian Curriculum. Students will also apply Science Inquiry Skills, including questioning, predicting, observing cause and effect relationships and explaining.

The show will be tailored to meet the needs of the target audience, with age-appropriate language and concepts.

During the show the following curriculum-based content, will be explored (relevant to year level):

Chemical Sciences

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties.
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways.
  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat.
  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways.
  • Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible.
  • The properties of different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles.
  • Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances
  • Chemical reactions involve rearranging atoms to form new substances; during a chemical reaction mass is not created or destroyed.
  • Chemical reactions, including combustion, involve energy transfer.

Physical Sciences

  • Light is produced by a range of sources and can be sensed.
  • A push or pull affects how an object moves or changes shape.
  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another

Visit the Teacher Resources page for downloadable Science curriculum documents for your age group relevant to the current exhibitions and programs on offer in the Sciencentre.

The Fire and Ice Show is supported by BOC Australia.


Event Details

10 July 2017 - 08 December 2017
Level 1 Sciencentre
Free with Sciencentre Admission