Science Demonstrations at a Shopping Center
After our high school visit, we were prepared for whatever National Science Week sent our way.
What’s Jesse doing loitering on the sidewalk? Where are we?
Take a bustling mini-mall in Africa and throw in a couple of weird Americans with lab coats and chemicals. What do you get? Confusion:
Watch the funny people play with chemicals!
One of the demonstrations we did involved using an indicator to turn a pink solution clear. Because I’m a huge ham, this became me turning “water” into “wine”:
Then, we neutralized the “wine” clear again:
As the afternoon went on, a crowd gathered:
The burning-not-burning ethanol-soaked money was a huge hit:
Check out our Department of Science and Technology mandated signup sheet to prove we actually did what we claimed:
This is Jet, a sweet clothing store:
We wanted to use their electricity. The dapper man on the right is my boss at the Department of Education:
And so, we became the first people in South African history to run a Van Der Graff generator in a mini-mall:
Our parting shot was a thermite reaction. I’m not going to give instructions here, but its hot enough to melt metal:
Check out our science mobile:
From left to right that’s me, our Department of Education counterpart and minder Sydney, Peace Corps Volunteer Jesse, and Peace Corps Volunteer Shilpa. Check out our trunk of experiments!