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Magic of Science Show
This week saw the eagerly anticipated ‘Magic of Science Show’ as the secondary school science reps took centre stage in the auditorium to celebrate and share their passion for science and also to enthuse audiences across both the primary and secondary school.
The show opened in spectacular style with a drum solo by surprise special guest Mike Embley, alongside carefully choreographed pyrotechnics by our year 10 scientists, Mhairi and Arvana. The girls then went on to explain the similarities between the jaw-dropping Dragon’s Breath demonstration and how our bodies release energy from food.
Lydia and Nadia then demonstrated the explosive nature of hydrogen gas which was enclosed in a balloon with a small amount of copper salt. After being ignited, a colourful and very loud bang was produced. Aryan and Anshul then followed on from this with another explosive and eye-catching demonstration - the ‘Whoosh Bottle’. The audience were on the edge of their seats as Aryan dropped a lit splint into the ethanol soaked 15 litre plastic bottle resulting in ferocious whoosh of fire - similar to the after burners of a jet plane!
Less explosive, but equally as impressive was the vortex cannon led by Agasthya, Adam and Mohammad. The simple cardboard box with a hole in one end was used by the boys to shoot donut shaped smoke rings around the auditorium knocking plastic cups off the heads of various volunteers. Definitely a crowd favourite.
The show reached its finale with the elephant’s toothpaste demonstration in which brightly coloured foam erupts from the containers as a result of the rapid breakdown of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen gas. This was ably carried out by Zoe, Shiainne, Liyana and Olivia, and was an excellent way to round off events.
Well done to all those involved in the planning and organisation of the show, in particular, all of the science reps who put a lot of their time and effort into their demonstrations and explanations. They have set the bar high so next year’s show promises to be even bigger and better. Special thanks to our MCs, Sophia and Bethany, who did a great job in maintaining the pace and excitement.
Secondary Science Department