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Visit from ‘ Mad Science’

On Monday 8th of February 2016, there was a visit from Mad Science. We were learning about electricity. The person that did it was called ‘Chemical Charlie’. He told us that everything was made of atoms, even us and phones and paper! It was so cool.

First we got two balloons and we stood in a circle and passed them round. After that we built circuits, ours had a buzzer and a helicopter but our helicopter didn’t work too well. Then we had a break and came back inside. Then Charlie showed us a ‘Van de Graaff’ generator that made static electricity.

Finally, he told us how to survive in a field in a thunder storm. Saffron suggested to dig a hole with your hands but Charlie said, “No, there is a way to do it without getting your hands muddy!” The simple answer is to lie down!

By Hannah (Year 4)

On Monday 8th February Mad Science came to our school to tell us about electricity.

The person from Mad Science was called Charlie. Everyone had to stand in a circle and Charlie gave us two balloons. Then he added one more balloon to the circle so Elsa had three balloons but everybody else had two.

Charlie explained that if an atom had more electrons than it needed, then it would pass the extra electron to the next atom. Then the atom would pass the extra electron to another atom and it would carry on.

Then Charlie showed us plasma. He used a metal tray and a special tool to make a whitey-pinkish line that looked a bit like lightning.

Next we went into our classes and made a circuit. We used miniature helicopters, buzzers, motors, light bulbs and resistors.

I had a really good day!

By Amelia (Year 4)