Science puts on a show

Central Leader - - News - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

See­ing a gherkin elec­tro­cuted had pupils en­thralled at Dil­worth Ju­nior School ear­lier this month.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was part of the Science Road­show’s Auck­land tour this term.

The Arks, Sparks and Gherkins show looked at elec­tric­ity and the dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als that act as con­duc­tors.

Chil­dren were sur­prised to learn that the min­er­als in tap wa­ter mean it can con­duct elec­tric­ity, as can the inside of a pen­cil.

One brave teacher vol­un­teered to sit in the Elec­tro­mag­netic Chair of Doom – ex­pect­ing to go crash­ing to the floor when the power was switched off. He was re­lieved to find he was saved by a bungy.

The Pantry Show in­volved a range of demon­stra­tions from the kitchen, with many able to be safely re­pro­duced at home.

Pupils ex­plored interactive ex­hibits on the themes of light, heat, sound, earth science, as­tron­omy, mag­netism and health and well­be­ing.

They mea­sured their mus­cle mass and wa­ter pro­por­tion, ex­pe­ri­enced hur­ri­cane winds and whis­pered to friends across the hall.

The Na­tional Science-Tech­nol­ogy Road­show Trust is in its 20th year. Last year more than 50,000 stu­dents na­tion­wide saw the road­show.

Stu­dents at Ta­maki Col­lege will en­joy the show to­mor­row and on Fri­day.

Dur­ing the school hol­i­days the road­show will be set up at the Mu­seum of Trans­port and Tech­nol­ogy (Motat) in West­ern Springs.

Lis­ten­ing in: Har­ri­son Khor hears a mate talk­ing through the whis­per dish.

In­trigued: Makara Aka­nia, 11, tries to warm the liq­uid with his hands to make it bub­ble.

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