Simmondley School

  Simmondley Primary School

Solids, Liquids and Gases Science Show

Headline NewsOn Monday 15 December our school’s junior pupils and staff were treated to a Science Show - ’Solids, Liquids and Gases’ presented by Stephen Worrall (a former Simmondley School pupil) and Rob Woolfson from the University of Manchester.

We saw lots of exciting demonstrations including:

’Elephant’s Toothpaste’ - which shows the presence of oxygen in bleach when it is released as a gas trapped in washing up liquid bubbles.

A huge fountain of coke when Mentos were added - very dramatic!

Seeing how cold dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) is by holding our hands close, but not touching - that would be too painful! We also saw how a solid takes up more space when it becomes a gas when tiny pieces of dry ice burst out of their containers making us all jump!

Empty plastic bottle rockets being fired across the hall - narrowly missing a teacher!

Lighting balloons filled with hydrogen - we had to put our fingers in our ears for this one. They popped with a very, very loud bang!

At the end of the demonstration the children asked Stephen some very interesting questions such as:
Why is it so cold in space?
How is fire made?
When fizzy drinks go flat does all the carbon dioxide disappear?

Everyone really enjoyed the show and we are hoping that they will come back to see us again soon.

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