This was our penultimate week of Science Club and it certainly went off with a bang! The theme was combustion and after a short reminder of the Fire Triangle (fuel, oxygen and heat) the science department brought out a variety of exciting (and very educational) reactions, each more explosive than the last! Methane bubbles were set alight, followed by an illustration of how powdered iron filings will burn much faster than a solid iron nail (see the sparklers picture), escalating quickly into Dr Lane creating a plume of fire several feet high! Students also saw the effects of incorporating oxygen atoms into the flammable materials themselves, transforming cotton wool into explosive ‘gun cotton’.
Thank you to the enthusiasm of our volunteers who carried out their demonstrations safely and everyone who came to take part.
Mr Ashfield, Ms Ayub, Dr Lane, Dr Glass, Ms Moussallati