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Science of Slime

Scientist: Isaac Newton (1642-1727) Born in Woolsthrope, England Issac Newton became the leading figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. He laid the foundation for modern physical optics with his discovery that white light could be split into the colours of the rainbow. In mechanics, his three laws of motion, now the basic principles […]

Colour Changing Bubble Bath

Chemical: Bromocresol Green (BCG) Science: Chemical Indicator Bromocresol green is a dye of the triphenylmethane family and is used as a pH indicator in applications such as growth mediums for microorganisms and titrations. The most common use of BCG is to measure serum albumin concentration within mammalian blood samples in possible cases of kidney failure […]

Kitchen Science: Honeycomb

Scientist: Joseph Black (1728 – 1799) Born in Bordeaux in 1728 to an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Joseph Black spent his working life in Scotland. He is considered one of the world’s most eminent chemists and one of the founding fathers of the science of chemistry. Black was a modest man and an excellent […]

Kitchen Science: Ice Cream

Scientist: Sir William Thomson (1824 – 1907) William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, was born on 26 June, 1824 at 21-25 College Square East, Belfast. This location was later home to the first cinema in Belfast – The Kelvin. He was taught by his father, a professor of mathematics. In 1832, the family moved to Glasgow where […]

‘Science It Activities’ with Scientific Sue: 321 Lift Off!

Science It: Let’s turn a vitamin canister into a rocket! This activity, as well as being great fun, will also lend to opportunities to help develop your children to ‘Think like a Scientist!’ For all experiments, children should be wearing ‘safety’ glasses to protect their eyes from splashes. Swimming goggles, sun glasses, basically any type […]

Pneumatic Monsters

Pneumatic Monsters  This activity can also be used to investigate camouflage as an adaptation and why it helps organisms to survive. Once the children have made their monster or insect (or whatever!) ask them to try to hide them around the house or in the garden or park; this reinforces the usefulness of being able to […]

Scientific Sue returns to the Bord Bia’s Bloom in the Park Festival

http://bloominthepark.com/schedule/ Bloom 2013, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event,  is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 30th May until Monday 3rd June 2013 and once again I am sharing the stage with Billy Bubbles or the  more formerly known Brendan. We have been so blessed this […]

Balmoral Science Shows

Wow… What a fantastic venue the old Maze Prison site turned out to be for the Balmoral Show. All three days were packed with great show cases, activities and visitors. I would like to thank Barry and Alan for looking after me so well over the last three days… Not only were the audio visuals […]