Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Chemistry is fun and tasty!

A couple of weeks ago, we headed out to Curtin University to check out their Chemistry Department (a.k.a. ChemCentre) who were holding their annual open day to the public.

It was a free event, and the organisers had promised free ice cream and fairy floss for everyone. Plus I thought it would be a fun way to introduce Nathan to some of the concepts of science.

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We learnt that the key to being a scientist is using your senses to investigate, explore and discover. Each of the activities and booths were set up to introduce one of these sensory elements, such as…

 

Our sense of smell to investigate mystery items hidden in jars

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Our sense of taste to investigate mystery flavoured water in beakers

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Our sense of sight to investigate different metals reaction to fire

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Nathan had fun pouring liquids into tubes and beakers and seeing the colours change
depending on the reaction of different alkaline and acidic chemicals with each other

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There was a scientific art booth using food colouring to observe the effects of chromatography

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And of the course the big yummy highlights of the event…

Learning about the science of centrifugal force to make fairy floss

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As well as making (and eating) ice cream made with liquid nitrogen

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Science is indeed fun and tasty too!

 

(Linking up to Jess @ IBOT)

6 comments:

  1. My goodness isn't he growing up so fast! There was a science fair thing here a few weeks ago but I thought mine were too young to go - I wish I had taken them now! x

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  2. Nathan must have had a blast trying out the experiments and best of all, those yummy treats!

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  3. How great is that. Wished I lived closer to things like this. Science is something my son loves too

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  4. The look of intense concentration on his face is darling! What an awesome way to get kids excited about science!

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  5. Oh my gosh they would have had me at the free ice cream! This looks like SO much fun. Makes me want to be a kid again. #TeamIBOT

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  6. What a great event to take kids too! Looks like you had a great time.

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