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Year 8 Science trip to The Royal Institution

On November 5th 2013, 24 Year 8 students were lucky enough to join fireworks consultant, author and former Oxford chemist Dr Tom Smith at a lecture at the Royal Institution.

 On November 5th 2013, 24 Year 8 students were lucky enough to join fireworks consultant, author and former Oxford chemist Dr Tom Smith at a lecture at the Royal Institution. The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public. Famous scientists like sir Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday have lectured there.

During our visit, Dr Smith explained the basic chemistry and construction of fireworks, and their use in modern fireworks displays. His talk included spectacular demonstrations of bangs, whistles and colours that appealed to the whole audience. Dr Smith has travelled the world acting as pyrotechnic consultant to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and, closer to home, working on the London New Year celebrations since 1999. He has lectured widely on pyrotechnic chemistry and has recently published a book on firework displays.

In the audience the year 8 students were thrilled to learn and see the science of fireworks. They jumped out of their skins at the loud bangs and there were ooh's and ahhs at the colourful displays.

As expected, the Year 8's behaved impeccably and Mrs Ul-Haq and Mrs Ives both commented on how proud they were of the Rooks Heath Students.