Last term saw Laleham Gap school showcase 3 Royal Institution science shows in a single day with Dan down from London. There was a show for Secondary in the morning, Primary in the afternoon and for the community in the evening! In the secondary Assembly the whole school witnessed ‘Energy Live’ as they found out about the eight energy stores and saw examples of each.

The pupils were wowed as ethanol rockets were shot for them to catch (and discover they had heated up). Eggciting eggs were dropped to splat to demonstrate gravitational potential and a balloon helicopter sent into the air for elastic energy.

The pupils were a little shocked to see how strong even a small electromagnet is. Attached to a rope they had a tug of war and found that 2 children were not enough to overcome it, nor was 4 or even 6. At last with 8 pupils, human power equaled the electromagnet.

With the rest of the show including flying pie dishes (electrostatic), nuclear energy (in a banana), kinetic energy with sparks flying from an axel grinder (literally burning metal) and steam blowing lids off it is not surprising the show went down a storm.

Even burning butane in 5 foot flames wasn’t the finale for this show. There was to be an explosive end. This was powered with a pupil generating electricity to fire the explosive. With hands over ears, pupils experienced the loudest ever bang in school.

As Primary School Lead Mr Payne explained

“Obviously it was great to see the enjoyment of the pupils. But just as pleasing was the learning. The show did explain how all energy ultimately comes from our Sun and even the role of Faraday (of whom the Royal Institution is understandably proud) in inventing the generator.”

With outside shows this exciting the school will have to put extra effort into its own internal shows can match them. Mr O’Brien, Head of Secondary Science at Laleham Gap, explained

“Making science fun gives you a hook to deepen pupils understanding.”

He was extremely confident that the school’s annual internal science show, this year called ‘Sound and Vision’, will be “just as exciting and equally motivating.”


Thanks to Laleham Gap for sending this in, what an amazing science show you all had!

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