Setting crisps on fire, making spinach glow, and detonating hundreds of ping pong balls were just some of the experiments the children attending Warwick’s Christmas lectures were treated to this year.
Mind boggling optical illusions, giant glow sticks, drill-powered umbrellas, and hundreds of bubbles also featured in the interactive shows.
Ally Caldecote, who organised the events said: “It was great to demonstrate some exciting live science to local children and their teachers, group leaders and families. We also really enjoyed meeting some young scientists and having them up on stage helping us with our experiments.
“We are always delighted at the enthusiasm for these events and this year we were able to take to the stage at Warwick Arts Centre’s biggest theatre and were thrilled to be sold out.”
Both shows in Warwick’s annual science extravaganza were performed to capacity audiences at the Butterworth Hall. Of the 2,500 tickets available at the two events, more than 500 were booked free of charge by local schools, youth groups, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Guides.
The Warwick Christmas Lectures are now in their seventh year. Ally started the programme when she was an Ogden University Science Officer – she is still a Physics Outreach Officer at the University of Warwick and works extensively with students of all ages to enthuse and raise aspirations by showing the relevance of physics to our everyday lives, and its ability to completely blow your mind!
Photography: copyright Tennisons Photography, University of Warwick