Materials may be natural or man-made. They may exist as solids, liquids and gases, and as a mixture of states.
Knowing about the properties of everyday materials found around us helps us choose the right material for the job.
A short article based on an extract from Topics in Safety, Topic 17 (Electricity), which is freely available to Association for Science Education (
ASE Health and Safety Group
Andy Markwick and Kevin Watts explore properties and changes of materials, introducing some ideas for chemistry activities.
Anjana describes the relationship between fossils and evolution and how this will be celebrated at this year's annual Fossil Festival: 'E
Anjana K. Ford
Ann describes a project in which children learn about the solar system and other physics concepts through working with professional scientists.
TAPS aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of primary school science assessment.
Bath Spa University
Bert Nagel explores how, using just drinking straws and staples, you can make wands that produce beautiful soap bubbles.
Bert Nagel shares another interesting and simple adaptation to create something special out of the ordinary.
Bob Kibble uses model making and storytelling to help develop children's understanding of the movement of the Earth around the Sun.
The popular science shows that strip science down to its bare essentials.
In this activity children identify and compare the suitability of everyday materials for particular uses.