Mysteries of chemical reaction revealed at explosive chemistry show

Mysteries of chemical reaction revealed at explosive chemistry show

liam-pether-helps-with-an-experiment-resizedOn Wednesday 20 July, our Year 7 extension and enrichment students were treated to a very “live and explosive” Science Show at Murdoch University. The excitement of large balloons filled with hydrogen and oxygen popping, misty clouds of dry ice spreading across the stage and learning the tricks of how to hammer a nail into wood using just a banana (frozen before in liquid nitrogen), kept students engaged and fascinated. Our very own Kennedy student Liam Pether (pictured) was fortunate to be selected as one of the students to participate in an experiment where the combination of calcium acetate, egg white and bicarbonate soda made a delicious looking jelly and cream but regrettably was not fit for human consumption. And who can forget the reaction produced in the combination of manganese dioxide, mint detergent and hydrogen peroxide to produce an ever emerging mound of toothpaste like substance. Yes the word “reaction” just took on a whole new meaning.

After all the excitement our class was then taken on a tour of the scientific laboratories used in the Murdoch University Science faculty and the students were able to ask questions of the lecturers. This chance to observe laboratories that specialized in a particular field has provided our students with real world knowledge. Not only were we shown an exciting afternoon but students were also happy to go home with a bag full of goodies.