Thanks to more demonstrators coming forward we have been able to take over 700 Year 6 Children and include nearly all those on the waiting list. Once again Sphere Science fascinated the children with their hands on demonstration in which they had to wire up DC electic motors to solar cells and see, not only, how fast they could make them run but also how they could make them turn the other way. Soapbox Science stepped in to provide a much needed extra demonstration on “Black Grass” showing how scientists are trying to eliminate it from our crops while the Open University provided exciting wiz bangs and other effects with oxygen again, Proctor & Gamble had them making gel, the bees facinated them and water treatment from Thames Water including soils, roads, worms, building real bridges, phorsesic science from the police, the horse and its diet, printing and how poisons work.

Derek Jones

Due to the increase in demand for places at REAL SCIENCE, our three-day Junior Chemistry at Work event for Year 6 children at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, most of the indoor areas at the centre are now taken. There is, however, considerable room for more “outside” 30-minute repeatable demonstrations so if you know anyone interested please contact me. With your help I can accommodate all the schools that have applied.

Event details:

Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th October 2016 – Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre
REAL SCIENCE – A Junior Chemistry at Work Event
Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK13 9AP
(Demonstrators are welcome for 1, 2, or 3 days)
Year 6 (10 to 11 years old).
Pupils attend in groups of 15 to 20 with their teacher from 09.45 to 15.00.

Indoor demonstrations can be still accommodated at our events.

Derek Jones

We are now setting up the annual “REAL SCIENCE – Junior Chemistry at Work” event for this coming Autumn Term. It will be open to Year 6 pupils again at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre from 18th to 20th October 2016. Throughout the day the pupils, in groups of 15 to 20 with their teachers, will participate in 8 of the many and varied 30-minute science-based demonstrations present. Schools wishing to take part please contact me.

Over 300 students are expected so far and there is still space on the Tuesday for one more student group at our annual three-day event for Years 7 to 10, open from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th June 2016 at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.

We have already booked the following demonstrations to date:

Alchemy, the Philosopher’s Stone and Gold…. – See how to turn copper into silver and then into gold
Bees – pheromones and the fascination of keeping honey bees
Dangerous Dust – the dangers of asbestos and why we still use it (quizz approach)
Earthworms – a chance to handle and understand different types of worms
Going up in Smoke – a serious look at the effects of smoking (with examples)
Hair Styling Gel Formation – see how the industry works and make gel
Lovely Hair, Shame about the Skin – a scientific look at human hair
Poisons and How They Work – with a chemical model and historical cases
Healthy Horses – the diet of a horse (with a live horse)
Soil and Water – the science of soil drainage
The Magic of Oxygen – with historical discoveries and whiz-bangs
Water Purification – with tasting.

Schools bring groups of 15 to 20 students and they experience 8 of the demonstration in a day.

Teachers seeking more information or considering bringing students please contact us.

Derek Jones
Event Organiser