Orbital velocity carrots and vacuum bazookas at birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton

Prof Neil Downie with his vacuum bazooka.
Prof Neil Downie with his vacuum bazooka.
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VACUUM bazookas, sunbeam exploders and projectile carrots - science classes may have changed a little since you were at school!

Children from Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen headed to Woolsthorpe Manor on Tuesday for a science lesson they are unlikely to ever forget.

The youngsters were greeted at the manor - birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton - by Professor Neil Downie, author of ‘Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other Saturday Science Projects’.

Over the course of 45 minutes, the small class was wowed Prof Downie’s numerous scientific experiments, using everything from a Meccano set to the sun’s rays.

Prof Downie said: “It’s important for children to get a feel for science and for how things work.

“Some of the children like the dominos experiment while others prefer the hover craft or the vacuum experiment.

“The boys usually like the one’s that go bang - they like making quite a lot of noise.”

Woolsthorpe Manor hopes to build on Prof Downie’s visit by creating a new science club aimed at children around the age of 13.

If you are interested then contact Kim Barnett on 01476 862823.

l Prof Downie’s new book ‘The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science: The Very Best Backyard Science Experiments You Can Do Yourself’ is available now.