A colourful demonstration wowed students from Whyalla Town Primary School on Wednesday afternoon in a preview of what‚Äôs to come at the Science Alive! expo at University of South Australia this Sunday.
Two experiments were conducted by Science Alive! Event Director Brian Haddy on Hummock Hill, the first was a soapy chemical reaction while the second produced a stunning fireball.
The students helped Mr Haddy conduct both experiments, getting them in the spirit for Science Alive!
‚ÄúScience Alive! is about helping all people, particularly children, get more excited about science,‚ÄĚ Mr Haddy said.
‚ÄúSomehow¬†science has got a bad name over the years and people think it‚Äôs something that only bright kids study. What we‚Äôre showing through Science Alive! is that science explains more about the world around you.‚ÄĚ
Members of the¬†Dalek Builders Association will be showing off their droids and possibly a stormtrooper at Science Alive!, while native animals, slugs and bugs, and science experiments will also be on display.
One of the main attractions will be the Bubble Man, who has created the world‚Äôs largest indoor soap bubble.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs coming to Whyalla for the first time, that should be fantastic,‚ÄĚ Mr Haddy said.
‚ÄúScience isn‚Äôt just about spectacular demonstrations, it‚Äôs also about learning more about the world around you. It‚Äôs about asking ‚Äėhow does that work?‚Äô or ‚Äėwhy is this so?‚Äô.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what we‚Äôre trying to encourage these kids to do.‚ÄĚ
GFG Alliance are sponsoring the event, and¬†Communications Manager Sean Kelly says it‚Äôs a¬†‚Äėperfect‚Äô fit for the company‚Äôs Community Support Program.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always keen to support initiatives that provide development and learning opportunities for local youth,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThe organisers do a fantastic job of making science exciting for young kids, so it‚Äôs a great way to get them interested in science and possibly consider it as a career path.‚ÄĚ
Science Alive! will be at the UniSA Whyalla Campus from 10am to 3pm on Sunday.