There’s a sure-fire way to get children more in interested in science and that’s to blow things up.
You’ve got their attention from the get-go if you can come up with a series of experiments that look spectacular and dangerous.
Now there’s absolutely no health and safety short cuts taken with the Science Museum Live’s Energy Show that comes to Wycombe Swan next Monday and Tuesday (and returns again in July) but it is a pretty explosive show.
It’s a fantastic production where audiences join futuristic science students Annabella and Phil as they race against time to prove their knowledge of energy through a series of live experiments.
There is a virtual assistant named i-nstein and a steampunk workshop full of gadgets and chemicals.
Annabella and Phil use liquid nitrogen, hydrogen rockets and electricity to create a dangerously exciting experience.
Anthony Richards, manager of learning programmes at London’s Science Museum, is always looking for new ways to excite visitors and get them to be more interested in science, museums and curiosity.
He told us: “The Science Museum has been demonstrating great science experiments to the public for years.
“We have developed hundreds of them, from shows with giant tomatoes, to exploding hydrogen to super cold liquid nitrogen.
“We want people to be excited, be enthused and really want to learn more about science and the museum.
“It will make you think, it will make you laugh and you will find out something new. More than anything, you can enjoy it with your family and friends – although watch out for the flying bottles!”
Director Martin Lamb, added: “The Energy Show is a dynamic and fresh way for young people to engage with science, weaving together the best elements of a traditional live science show with the storytelling features of family theatre”.
The Energy Show is suitable for all ages from 7+ years and is a must-see for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students.