Wondrous world of physics celebrated with Rochdale Physics Extravaganza

Date published: 15 November 2019

Hundreds of people celebrated the wondrous world of physics with the Rochdale Science Initiative CIC’s Physics Extravaganza at Heybrook Primary School on Sunday 10 November.

Families had the opportunity to engage with an array of physics-based activities. Rochdale Science Initiative's volunteers put together DIY experiments such as lemon volcanoes, colourful milk explosions, a bottle orchestra and creating rainbows with CDs.

Science gadgets were also showcased, including a sand and wave pendulum, Newton’s cradle, prisms, and magnetic devices.


Dippy on Tour - Physics Extravaganza


Lemon volcanoes - Physics Extravaganza


The Dippy on Tour team were kept busy by enthusiastic dinosaur lovers; the Institute of Physics, which sponsored the event, were busy testing a 'rocket mice' experiment; and a geophysics student educated people about the structure of the Earth.

Fun Science held an experiment stand with a Van de Graaff electrostatic generator, whilst Flashbang Science Mobile Lab hosted many future scientists in the playground, allowing them to conduct their own experiments.


Van de Graaff electrostatic generator - Physics Extravaganza


Flashbang Science - Physics Extravaganza


Families also got the opportunity to try the amazing Bass Buzz with Noisy Toys, feeling 1,000 watts of bass power through their fingers and exploding flour and lentils into the air with sound power.

There were even dancing goopy aliens made of Oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid which acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force is applied to it.


Using magnets - Physics Extravaganza


Lots of science activities were on offer


A planet-based football tournament, penalty shoot-out competition and Thai boxing punching and kicking competitions also took place with winners receiving science gadgets as prizes.

Hosted by the Rochdale Science Initiative, the event is a companion to the annual March Science Extravaganza, which has taken place at Wardleworth Community Centre since 2017.

The fun-filled event was founded by Labib Rahman, 12, thanks to his love of science.


Telescope - Physics Extravaganza


Children hard at work - Physics Extravaganza


Speeches were given by Labib; his current science teacher, Mrs Stevenson of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School; Mrs Moore, the headteacher of Heybrook Primary School and the regional manager of the Institute of Physics.

Labib's father, Mohammed, said: “It was truly an amazing day at Heybrook Primary School, and it was great to see Labib return to his primary school.

“Rochdale Science Initiative is always looking for ways to collaborate with other cultural and educational institutions. I am very grateful to the headteacher, Mrs Moore, for agreeing to facilitate us.

“I thank the staff of Heybrook Primary School and all the volunteers for helping us put the Physics Extravaganza together.”

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