The Flash-Bang Show
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Every December Bolton School hosts a Christmas lecture which is organised by the Manchester and District local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry and supported by the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. This year’s lecture was “The Flash-Bang Show" and was held in the Boys’ Division Great Hall on Tuesday the 10th December
Drs Frank Mair and Jonathan Agger from The University of Manchester explain the lecture: “It does exactly what it says on the (exploding syrup) tin: rapid colour changes, clock reactions, explosions, flame colours, barking dogs, gun cotton, sellotape bombs, indoor fireworks, hydrogen rockets, starting fires with water, burning things in CO2, chemiluminescence (phosphorus globe), liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen: many of the classics and a few newer chemical demonstrations are showcased. The emphasis is on instilling a sense of excitement and wonder, but the fast-paced demonstrations are linked with a commentary that delivers useful illustration of a range of points on the syllabus, on solids, liquids, gases, combustion, respiration, periodicity, dependence of rate upon state of division and more.”
Drs Mair and Agger have given hundreds of these lectures throughout the North-West and beyond, and so they know how to pitch the demos for maximum relevance to curriculum without compromising the entertainment on offer.
Over 40 schools from the across the region attended, with over 1200 pupils travelling from as far as Sheffield. The lecture was fun, interactive and educational.