A SMART material workshop
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During this workshop each pupil designs and makes a Plastazote model/mask of their own to take home. The models made are usually pre-arranged to tie into your own teaching plans.

Plastazote is a SMART material with properties that can be significantly changed in a controlled way by external stimuli, in this case, temperature. It is safe, non-toxic polyethylene foam. It can be cut with scissors, marked with pencil or biro, joined, embossed and painted.

Its real impact is when it is MOULDED into fantastic shapes through the use of heat.


  • Investigate the characteristics of the material and relate these to a variety of commercial uses

Design & Technology:

  • Use your imagination to create amazing 3D masks and minibeasts or link it to other projects you are working on.

This workshop works best in the hall.

Curriculum links


Developing, planning and communicating ideas Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products – To evaluate ideas and products


Working scientifically – First hand experiences to ask and answer questions – Make predictions – Observe Everyday materials – Physical properties – States of matter – Changes of state


3 - 6

A whole day: 2 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £380 per day
Morning only: 1 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £255 per morning
All materials and equipment provided. Maximum class numbers = 30 pupils


You will need to provide 4 adult helpers in addition to the class teacher for each session/workshop