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Science turns weather cloudy with a chance of cocktails
12:00pm Wednesday 8th January 2014 in News
THESE young scientists made their own clouds out of vodka at a show about the science behind Jack and the Beanstalk.
Archie and Matilda Bearchell, aged four and eight, went to the event at West Oxfordshire Community Centre because their mum, Dr Sarah Bearchell, was running the show.
The audience also learnt that in order for a beanstalk to grow tall enough to reach into the clouds, it would be so wide it would take 13 schoolchildren to surround it.
Dr Bearchell, who presented the show on Friday for Science Oxford Live, said: “It was all very messy, with lots of kids getting excited about science.”
The group made clouds by pouring a small amount of vodka into a plastic bottle, then increasing the pressure using a tyre pump.
When the pressure is suddenly released, the vodka is vapourised, forming a cloud.
Children also got to make their own butter by shaking cream very vigorously, and got to set fire to a fake million pound note made out of magicians’ flash paper.
Garsington Primary School pupil Matilda said: “It was really good. My favourite bit was setting fire to the million pound note because it looked nice.”
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