Phase Change
Properties of Matter

Melting Race

Enrichment Activity for 5-11 11-14

What you need

  • A plastic container
  • A metal frying pan
  • 2 identical ice cubes


  1. Place the frying pan and the container upside down next to each other
  2. Quickly put an ice cube on each

Results and Explanation

Heat can flow through the metal to the ice cube, but the plastic doesn't allow it to flow so freely.

These experiments have not been specifically safety tested for home use but we believe them to be safe if the instructions are followed. Adult supervision or direction is recommended as appropriate. All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

Phase Change
can be analysed using the quantity Energy
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