Science show full of eye-catching demos

Some of the cast for the 2016 Ponteland High School Science Show.
Some of the cast for the 2016 Ponteland High School Science Show.
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Ponteland High School celebrated British Science Week with its third bi-annual Science Show.

It was performed five times and watched by more than 600 people, including fellow students from Ponteland High, pupils from Richard Coates Middle School, Ponteland Middle School and Corbridge Middle School and parents, other family members and friends at an evening performance.

Presented by Year 12 students Ewan Cassidy, Jack McMaster and Michael Bronswyk, it aimed to explain the history of life – from how the conditions on Earth changed to the emergence of life and the evolution of humans.

The show involved 26 students, who in small groups performed a number of eye-catching demonstrations.

These included an exploding model volcano, a Northern Lights effect in a glass flask, the thermite reaction making iron, viewing a simple life form under a microscope, freezing flowers and making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. In addition, there was a talk about the school’s collection of hominid skulls.

Head of science at Ponteland High School, Mark Warland, said this year’s show was the best yet.

He added: “It was fantastic to see our students perform a science show to so many people.

“The students have worked very hard to learn the science behind the demonstrations, explain how they relate to the history of life and perform them safely to an audience.

“The feedback from students, teachers and parents has been overwhelmingly positive – with the students being the stars of the show.”