Mobbed by Students During a Science Week Visit

Previous Science Week Posts: Opening Ceremony, Our First National Science Week School Visits, 1500 High School Students, Science Demonstrations at a Shopping Center

Day four of South Africa’s 2011 National Science Week brought us back to the schools, starting with a primary school. This school had planned well for National Science Week, even having some posters:

By now we had the routine for our science demonstrations down. Setup went fast:

And we quieted the kids to start:


From the moment we started, many of the students were having trouble seeing us. A few of them climbed onto the stage area:

Suddenly, there was a mad rush and we were doing science in the round:

It was incredibly scary. We were doing our demonstrations while rotating in a circle, holding potentially dangerious chemicals while walking. But everything went well. We then had science quizzes and gave away posters to extremely eager students:

Keeping with the program, we concluded our visit with Matchstick Rockets: