Week 1 The roadshow got off to a great start at Westbourne Sports College in Ipswich where years seven to ten were fascinated by the properties of the air around them, investigating what happens when you heat it up and how much it weighs. Ipswich, Stevenage and St Albans 2nd - 8th July Next we visited Heath Primary School where pupils were excited to learn how to make explosions using lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda, as well as using the carbon dioxide produced by this chemistry experiment to extinguish candles. At Saxmundham Middle School we supplemented our hands-on activities with an interactive talk about the science behind hot air balloons. We then moved to Barclay School in Stevenage and introduced the pupils to a subject rarely covered in schools – the evolution of plants. In keeping with the evolution theme, pupils enjoyed meeting our wide range of animal and model primate skulls. At the end of the first week, we headed to St Albans Town Hall to run the first public event of the 2012 Roadshow. We enjoyed a very busy day where one popular experiment was our demonstration of air streams; young and old alike got involved in trying to keep a ping pong ball hovering by blowing through a straw! Our second event of the weekend was at Wheathampstead Village Festival, where the slightly wet weather cer- tainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. We showed our vis- itors a range of optical illusions, helping to explain the sci- ence behind what we see and how our brains work. Colour mixing, by Lili and Kelly
Hertfordshire and Hampshire 9th - 15th July We continued with our school visits in Hertfordshire, kicking off the week at the Sele School, where pupils (and their headteacher!) got a chance to try building a range of bridges, including arch, cantilever and cathedral styles. We then moved onto The Thomas Alleyne School in Stevenage, where our range of rocks and fossils, including a sample of fossilised shark poo, went down a treat! Week 2 Hopping down to Hampshire for the second weekend, we visited Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood. This was the second time we have visited this venue, and we were pleased to see lots of the same faces again, as well as many newcomers! Lots of people stayed all afternoon to try out all our experiments, with one popular stop being our collection of creepy crawlies. Finally, we visited Goffs School in Cheshunt, where the teachers were nearly as excited about the experiments as the pupils, with everyone having a particularly good time learning about the physics behind trebuchets. Fantastic one on one demonstrations, my children were really engaged and involved. Parent Week 3 We started our week in Plymouth at Lipson Community College where years eight to ten enjoyed learning about the physics of light from both traditional favourite CHaOS experiments such as our ultra-violet light box as well as our brand-new light colour mixing experiment. Devon and Dorset 16th - 22nd July We then spent two days at Devonport High School for Boys, on the first of which we ran an extended session for a small group of children from nearby Prince Rock Primary School. The pupils enjoyed listening to their hearts using stethoscopes and investigating what happens to the heart rate after jumping up and down!