Dr. Rhodes Delivers an Electric Experience!
A huge positively-charged thank you to Dr. Simon Rhodes from Hereford Cathedral School who delivered some truly electrifying science lessons to Classes 3 and 4 on Friday on the subject of static electricity.
The children were extremely lucky in having the opportunity to get very much hands-on with the kind of tricky scientific terminology which isn't usually explored in depth until secondary school, such as the structure of atoms and how static electricity works through the concept of positive and negative ions.
It all sounds very complicated, but Dr. Rhodes did a brilliant job in making these tricky topics very understandable through a series of engaging practical workshops. The children were amazed at how easy it was to make their own static electricity by rubbing objects which enabled smaller objects to stick to them, and they even got to make their own electrical circuits using pieces of fruit as the batteries!
Many of the groups managed to get their diodes to light up through using lemons as the power source, while Dr. Rhodes then went on to make a pickled gherkin light up just like a light bulb!
Two young ladies even got the chance to have a very hair-raising experience in the most literal sense of the term courtesy of the famed Van der Graaf Generator. The girls seemed to like their temporary new hairstyles created by the static charges produced by the device!
Thank you very much again Dr. Rhodes for coming to our school and giving the children such enjoyable and informative lessons which we think have really helped to engage them further in the wonderful world of science. Keep thinking and asking those big questions about the world around us everyone!