Combustion: Some Burning Questions
This 1-hour presentation takes students on a fascinating journey through the nature of combustion. It addresses concepts which include the fire diamond, combustion as a chemical reaction, flame retardants, extinguishing fires, different kinds of combustion, sparks and colours in fireworks, the effect of particle size on combustion, and the safe use of fire in the stunt industry.
Students will see, among other things, burning steel, spontaneous combustion, use of a fire extinguisher, sparks, brilliantly burning materials, a dust flare, and "cool" fire and understand regulations governing the labelling of children's night clothes. They will come away with a deep fascination, and very healthy respect, for the phenomenon we call fire.

Silo Explosion Simulation

Comments From Schools
  • "They loved it. The content was terrific, and younger children enjoyed the actual experiments, like the flames. Very organised, liked the consistent encouragement for audience participation.  Sue Salsbury, The Scots School, Albury
  • "The students were enthused to learn more about combustion . . . There was a wonderful rapport with the class . . . a very worthwhile, quality programme and . . . a value for money activity."  Ken Steele, Mornington Island State School

This show addresses the following core outcomes in the current Queensland Science Syllabus for Years 1-10:

Science and Society.    1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3
Earth and Beyond.    3.3, 4.3
Energy and Change.    1.2
Natural and processed materials.    1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2

Venue requirements

Data projector and screen, three tables, enclosed venue (flames cannot be seen in bright light).

SUITABLE FOR:  Upper primary, early secondary 
(Modified Magic Science show for lower primary also available)
COST:  $6.00, plus 60c GST, per student
MINIMUM: $660, plus $66 GST Teachers' notes supplied
Accredited, for particular year groups, Education Queensland Programs Touring Queensland Schools and by the New South Wales Department of School Education.