The magic of science

If you don’t have any parent-child projects arranged for the long weekend and can’t find anything fun to do at home, Croucher Science Week is the perfect activity to add to your schedule.

An engaging festival that will make the holiday more exciting, the annual event, which holds shows, exploration, talks and workshops, was canceled last year due to the pandemic and is going virtual for the first time this year.

Going online allows Croucher Science Week to bring together talented scientists from the UK and the United States to capture new audiences with fascinating scientific discoveries.

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, an independent charity that has brought science to the masses for over 200 years, aims to connect people with the world of science through events and educational videos this year.

Participants can follow the lead of scientists from the royal institution and get excited about hands-on science shows such as the Ink Rainbows, which explores the colorful chemistry of chromatography, or find out how spooky pictures can be moved with the help of static electricity in Static Ghost.

Audiences are encouraged to prepare required materials in advance and watch the program to follow the scientist as they carry out experiments step by step.

Also on the agenda is the Flying Cups and Falling Eggs show, which teaches participants how to make objects defy gravity, such as how to get water-filled cups to fly through the air without spilling a single drop.

Separately, Emmy award-winning TV host and STEM author Steve Spangler will reveal the secrets behind magic tricks in Amazing Science Magic. Audiences can discover their inner magician and amaze friends with eye-catching STEM puzzles.

“I’m so excited that Croucher Science Week is back and it will showcase action science effects from live visual shows, great presenters and hands-on demonstrations, with even some science experiments children can try at home,” said Spangler.

Besides overseas experts, the program also features Croucher scholars and homegrown scientists who are conducting cutting-edge research and will share their enthusiasm for science with younger generations.

For example, Au Yeung Ho-yu, an associate professor with the department of chemistry at The University of Hong Kong, will invite attendees to explore the science of color and light through a series of stimulating laboratory demonstrations in the Glowing in the Dark mini science show.

The show engages participants with a game to “explore” a chemistry laboratory in a 360-degree virtual tour that collects Au Yeung’s tools and equipment for the experiment.

Another mini science show offered by the royal institution is We’ve Got the Power, which explains the impact of burning fossil fuels and explores what we must investigate to meet our energy needs in the future.

The science film session will screen the silent short film Incredible Tale of Robot Bot, a poetic story about humanity, responsibility and life.

Following the screening, participants will be invited to learn how to model a human brain out of Plasticine.

Children can take a deep dive into the world’s interior during the science talk session. The Deep Ocean Lab features YouTuber and BBC presenter Greg Foot, who will share stories about his scientific adventures into the deep ocean.

The talk highlights the importance of our oceans and uncovers how our daily lives on land affect the marine world.

Open for free to the public until April 11, the event will continue to offer programs, including teacher development workshops, until April 30.

(This article was published at The Standard on March 30, 2021: Education: The magic of science )

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