States of Matter

Get to Grips with Solids, Liquids and Gases

A brief summary

Exciting experiments and daring demos explore solids, liquids and gases, evaporating, condensing, melting, sublimation and freezing. The States of Matter show was originally developed by Dr Mike Coles - a legend in hands-on chemistry education - and our chemistry shows are supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

These shows don’t use the Dome and involve exciting chemistry. More details of timing, capacity and curriculum links are below.

Scientific Enquiry

We want to stimulate curiosity in science for all, regardless of age, gender, background or ability. Our science shows:

  • Allow for questions to share interests and explore ideas
  • Treat every child as unique, supporting personal development
  • Promote observation, prediction and exploration
  • Encourage imagination, creative and critical thinking
  • Support and enhance the Curriculum across subject areas

States of Matter


Key Stage Two - ages 7-11

An unusual and exciting collection of models and demonstration explore evaporating, condensing, melting and freezing. Solids, liquids and gases - what is the difference and what happens as we change state? This show investigates the particle theory of matter for KS2 with exciting experiments and daring demos to thrill your audience.

  • Duration: ~45 mins
  • Curriculum Links
  • Capacity: ~60 children + adults


Key Stage Three - ages 11-14

This show investigates solids, liquids and gases. Unusual substances such as liquid nitrogen and solid carbon dioxide are used to bring alive this important part of the National Curriculum. Explore the particle theory of matter with extreme temperatures and combustion, and find out what is in the air we breath as liquid air is distilled and liquid oxygen prepared.

  • Duration: ~50 mins
  • Curriculum Links
  • Capacity: ~60 students + adults

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