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WORKSHOP Slime and the States of Matter

Outreach Workshop: Slime and the States of Matter

Is it a solid? A liquid? A gas? Your students will discover the properties of each state of matter by making our ooey, gooey slime. We’ll also discuss how molecules look and act when changing between states of matter. Students will get to take home their slime as well as a recipe to make it again at home.   

Fees are determined by distance from the Museum:

  • Within 25 miles: $340
  • 26-50 miles: $370
  • 51+ miles: $370 + $.58 per mile
  • Each additional hour: $125

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Michigan K-12 Science Standards


Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.


Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating and cooling can be reversed and some cannot.


Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.


Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.


Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

Slime and the States of Matter Vocabulary:

Matter: Matter is anything that has weight and takes up space. All things are made of matter, including solids, liquids, and gases.

Solid: A solid is a form of matter with a definite size and shape. The shape of a solid is not easily changed. A rock is a solid.

Liquid: A liquid is a form of matter with a definite size but no definite shape. Liquids flow and take the shape of their containers. Water is a liquid.

Gas: A gas is a form of matter with no definite size or shape. Gases move about freely and take the size and shape of whatever container you put them in. The air we breathe is a gas.

Non-Newtonian Fluids: Non-Newtonian fluids do not fit into Newton’s laws of how true liquids behave. Instead, they are somewhere between a liquid and a solid. Ketchup, slime, and quicksand are all non-Newtonian fluids.

Melting: Changing from the solid state of matter to the liquid state of matter.

Freezing: Changing from the liquid state of matter to the solid state of matter.

Evaporation: Changing from the liquid state of matter to the gaseous state of matter.

Condensation: Changing from the gaseous state of matter to the liquid state of matter.

Sublimation: Changing from the solid state of matter to the gaseous state of matter, skipping over the liquid state of matter. This change is very rare on earth. 

WORKSHOP Slime and the States of Matter



50 minutes

K-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th


Physical Sciences

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