Thrills from Science Museum Visit to Bancroft's Prep

As part of British Science Week, pupils at Bancroft's Prep School were treated to a visit from the Science Museum's outreach team during which they found out what clouds feel like. how to make instant ice cream and how to launch a frog!

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2nd April 2019 — Year 5 and 6 pupils experiences and entertaining and informative "Feel the Force" presentation given by Alex one of the Outreach Team from the London Museum. Alex demonstrated some of the forces which shape our world and used humour and fun to introduce Isaac Newton’s first and third laws of motion. Amidst much excitement, Alex launched Phil the Frog into space (well, the Prep School Hall) atop an empty Pringles carton. Ice cream was created in seconds using three ingredients – cream, chocolate flavouring and liquid nitrogen! Sadly, only Alex was lucky enough to get to taste this. Poor Gerald the jelly baby suffered a sad fate when he was bathed in potassium chlorate and burnt alive to demonstrate how much energy is in the sweet. It was time for fingers in the ears when Alex ignited balloons filled with hydrogen: the resulting flames and loud pops showing the gas’ flammability. As for the cloud, this was also created using liquid nitrogen. Everyone was eager to touch and we all agreed that it felt exactly as we had imagined a cloud to feel like!

Year 4 pupils didn’t miss out on the fun as they were treated to a dynamic and interactive presentation of The Bubble Show an amazing spectacle featuring bubbles of all sizes.

This was an incredibly popular visit with the children describing the experiments which they had witnessed as “cool”. Tom, Alec and Yusuf of 1TP couldn’t decide which experiment they had most enjoyed, but they all declared the show to be “better than having an English lesson.”

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About Bancroft's Preparatory School

Bancroft's Prep School was founded 26 years ago as a fully co-ed prep school. Housed in an airy, contemporary building, Bancroft's Prep has a separate identity within the Bancroft's community; however, it benefits from use of the Senior School's enhanced facilities. such as the sports hall, chapel, swimming pool, dining room , great hall. It is an academically selective day school for children who are naturally curious about the world and ready to take advantages of the many opportunities the school offers.

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