Thursday, March 31, 2011

Exciting science at Stonehenge

SHATTERING bananas and expanding rubber gloves were part of an exciting science day at Stonehenge School.

Professor Tim Harrison from ChemLabs at Bristol University held two sessions at the school, firstly for Year eight students then for youngsters from local primary schools.

About 230 pupils from Amesbury Primary, Amesbury Archer, Christ the King in Amesbury, Newton Tony Primary, Shrewton Primary, Netheravon All Saints, St Michael’s Figheldean and Durrington Junior schools came along.

Professor Harrison showed them fun experiments using liquid nitrogen to freeze bananas and flowers then smashing them with a hammer, and put dry ice in a rubber glove which then expanded with the carbon dioxide as pupils handled the glove.

Teacher Phil Monk, said: “He had them hanging on his every word. All the junior schools said what great fun it was, it was a great success.”

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