After the huge success of our last event at the European School in Mol, Belgium, greenlight for girls was part of the ES Mol Open Day last Saturday, 23th March.
The Open Day is an opportunity for parents and prospective students to visit the school, to get in touch with other students and staff and also to participate in science workshops. So, it was the perfect occasion for us to show them some fun experiments, to present our organisation to children and parents and also to spread the message that “anything is possible!”.
The first part of the event happened in the sports gymnasium, where younger students participated in our “Colourful Science” workshop. The idea was to show them how chemical reactions can be better understood with experiments that use colour as principle. So, we performed our signature colour-changing daisy experiment and, for the first time, the same procedure with white roses. Other activities were the magical lava lamp – ideal to show the different densities and polarities of water and oil – and the red cabbage experiment – which tests PH values of different household products by changing the colour of the cabbage juice. This was the good beginning of a very promising day, as these younger children had lots of fun in our first workshop.
After the activities in the sports gymnasium were finished, we moved our “Colourful Science” to the secondary school building, where our other workshop, “The Big Bang Theory” was already happening inside of a classroom. There, students could participate in two very cool experiments: “Non-Newtonian Fluid”, which showed how sound frequency can alter the state of matter of a cornflour and water solution from liquid to solid; and “Elephant Toothpaste”, an explosion of colourful foam.
Our “Big Bang Theory” workshop was also a very good opportunity for us to start with the first steps of our “Anything is Possible!” campaign.
We also had a lot of fun
participating in the ES Mol Open Day. It’s always very gratifying to show
children that science is amusing and to know their dreams and expectations for
the future. Again, we would like to thank students, parents and teachers for
their collaboration with our campaign, as well as teacher Sonia Mohan and
director Brian Goggins for making it all possible for us.
See you in 2014, Mol!