SOUTH WOOTTON: Hair-brained lesson such fun in the lab
South Wootton Junior School pupils had an electrifying experience when a pair of visiting scientists led a day of hair-raising workshops.
Dr Dee Enay and Dr Hazardous Hazel, of Mad Science East, used a Van De Graaff generator to show the children how their hairs were individually charged and repelled by each other and stood out searching for earth.
Plasma balls were also used to show lightning-like electricity being drawn to pupils’ fingers.
The school’s science subject teacher, Jill Graver, said the visit was part of a Science Week.
It started with an after-school science fair giving pupils a chance to showcase their science investigations for parents.
Mrs Graver said: “Hundreds of parents came. The school was packed out.”
Staff from Bespak in North Lynn went to the school to show how science was used in their work and a science exchange was arranged with South Wootton Infant School.
n For those who do not remember their childhood science lessons, a Van de Graaff generator uses a moving belt to generate an electrostatic field of very high voltages which can give spectacular lightning-type discharges and stand hair on end, all perfectly safely.
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