Educate Tutoring is excited to offer a brand new Science Club! This is an informal, enthusiastic academic group, designed to encourage Educate students to explore their curiosity and creative imagination.
The workshops involve a short lesson on theory, followed by a fun experiment conducted by Ivan with the help of some students. To read more about getting involved with Science Club, visit our events page.
Workshop 1: Electricity
In Workshop 1, Ivan taught us first about all the different kinds of energy. Energy is what an object has when it is moving (kinetic energy), or has the potential to move (potential energy). Electricity is a type of kinetic energy, and it needs a flow of electrons around a circuit in order to work. Ivan created his own circuit using potatoes, which were then used to power a (tiny!) lightbulb! You can watch the experiment on our Facebook page.
Workshop 2: Magnetic Fields
Regardless of whether a magnet is used on a fridge or in an MRI scan, all magnets give off an external magnetic force — what we call a magnetic field. Some magnetic fields repel each other depending on their configuration of electrons. In this workshop, Ivan used this knowledge to create levitation!
Workshop 3: The Science of Ice
Ice is a solid substance produced by the freezing of water vapour or liquid water, which occurs at temperatures below 0°C. Dry ice, however, is the solid form of carbon dioxide (one of the gases in the Earth’s atmosphere). It is extremely cold, and dangerous to handle without protection as it can cause burns! This week’s workshop saw the group learn about the properties of regular ice, and experiment (carefully!) with dry ice at the end.
Workshop 4: Rockets
In Term 2’s last Science Club, Ivan used baking soda and vinegar to launch a rocket high into the sky! When the baking soda (a base) and vinegar (an acid) mix together, they release water and carbon dioxide. The pressure from the carbon dioxide builds up inside the bottle, and eventually — BLAM! You can read how to make your own bottle rocket here, or watch the video of ours on our Facebook page.