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.
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
Our sense of taste to investigate mystery flavoured water in beakers
Our sense of sight to investigate different metals reaction to fire
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
There was a scientific art booth using food colouring to observe the effects of chromatography
And of the course the big yummy highlights of the event…
Learning about the science of centrifugal force to make fairy floss
As well as making (and eating) ice cream made with liquid nitrogen
Science is indeed fun and tasty too!
(Linking up to Jess @ IBOT)