It’s Only Water… Or Is It?

This exciting, interactive science show explores all the amazing properties of water. Brought to you in the form of a trick and quiz show that involves students and teachers.

We investigate all the things water can do. Can we squash it? Explode it? What happens when you boil water in space? We find out all this and more!

Prepare to get wet!


Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2

  • Ways in which living things and the environment need protection
  • Compare everyday materials and objects on the basis of their material properties
  • Differences between solids, liquids and gases, in terms of ease of ease of flow and maintenance of shape and volume
  • Changes that occur when materials are mixed
  • Changes that occur when materials are heated or cooled
  • Temperature is a measure of how hot or cold things are
  • Reversible changes, including dissolving, melting, boiling, condensing, freezing and evaporating
  • Non-reversible changes [for example, water reacting with bicarbonate of soda] result in the formation of new materials that may be useful
  • Objects are pulled downwards because of the gravitational attraction between them and the Earth

Key Stage 3

  • Elements consist of atoms that combine together in chemical reactions to form compounds
  • Human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment
  • Real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science


Learning objectives

Key Stage 2

After watching the show key stage 2 pupils should:

  • Develop investigative skills asking how? Why? What will happen if.
  • Understand that water has a chemical formula which describes its composition
  • Know that the physical properties of a material can be determined by experiment
  • Know that matter occurs in different states, and identify the three states of matter of water
  • Understand that chemical reactions produce new materials
  • Understand that gravity is a force that pulls all objects downwards

Key Stage 3

After watching the show Key Stage 3 pupils should:

  • Know the chemical formula for water and understand that this describes its composition
  • Know the simple physical properties of the 3 states of water and that these are caused by changes in the arrangement of particles
  • Know that changing water state involves the transfer of heat energy
  • Understand that chemical reactions produce new materials
  • Understand that gravity is a weak force, and that it can be over-come by other forces



45 or 60 minute versions available

Suggested audiences

  • 7-13 year olds
  • Families or mixed age groups
  • Festivals and events

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector Screen
  • Two long tables
  • Room that can be darkened is preferable
  • Floor space that can get wet!

Please note this show contains demonstrations that use water and water will be spilled on the floor. Please ensure your chosen venue is suitable to house such a show.

What people say about us

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    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School