Sue McGrath, a physicist and an experienced teacher, is positive about this: science can be fun. Long involved in the operations of Belfast’s science museum, for years now Sue has been organizing interactive and entertaining lessons for children, teen-agers and their families. In Kitchen Chemistry, Sue enacts simple, “home-made” scientific experiments which her young viewers can duplicate with very little assistance. In her home kitchen, she illustrates the chemical properties of materials found in everyday products and helps children discover the laws of physics - an invitation to have fun with science and to experience firsthand what may seem distant and elusive when seen from a classroom desk.
For example Mad Chemistry, the episode screened at the Festival, shows how the reaction between wax and hydrogen peroxide can be used to open your stopped up-ear…
All videos (no more than a few minutes long) were posted on the www.scienceweek.ie website to celebrate the national Science Week that took place in Ireland in November 2007 under the supervision of Discover Science & Engineering (DSE), the country’s national science promotion programme - the aim being to increase interest in science, technology, innovation and engineering among students, teachers and members of the public.
Another Web-based video produced by the Irish company Agtel, Star Gadgets, will be screened at the Festival.