Giorgia Melham-Mackay, Justin Todd and Matthew Todd get to grips with Water Circuit experiments at St Luke’s Anglican College during Science on Saturday.
Giorgia Melham-Mackay, Justin Todd and Matthew Todd get to grips with Water Circuit experiments at St Luke’s Anglican College during Science on Saturday. Max Fleet

Young Einsteins test the waters

SOME sodium bicarbonate and a dash of vinegar was all it took for film canister rockets to be flying across St Luke's Anglican School as a part of the Science on Saturday program run by the CSIRO.

Almost 50 students took part in eight experiments, all tailored to give the future scientists, aged between seven and 14, some hands-on experience.

“It's to encourage students' interest in science — it's virtually extension work of what they do in the classroom and we just give them hands-on practical work to apply that knowledge,” Science on Saturday presenter Steve Turner said.

As well as testing rockets, the budding scientists tested the amount of sugar in a number of drinks and conducted experiments with electrical conductivity of water and other solutions.

“In one activity the children used an electro-magnet and tested the strength of the magnet with different voltages, they recorded the results and found an increase in the strength of the magnet when a higher voltage was used.”

The workshop will be held next Saturday with the experiments to revolve around the theme of the environment.



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