22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Wonder of Materials

Polymers in everyday Life & PCL – polymorph plastic – A fun look at the polymers that every person uses on a daily basis. Use a portable spectroscope to look at the chemicals used to make your clothes, your phone and more. See happy and sad bouncy balls, plus a polymer that changes form when heated!

Charpy Impact tester – How microstructures of metals (using chocolate bars) influences their impact resistance. Relates to designing light, tough materials for transport.

Turning copper coins into ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ – A simple demonstration involving electroplating and the chemistry of alloys, Frankenlimes – To demonstrate how an electrical current can be generated using citrus fruits


Friday 2017, Saturday 2017, Sunday 2017