Scene 1 – Intro

Presenters burst onto stage introducing themselves as members of the Ministry of Science.  Their mission today, is to look at the different types of energy and how it’s used in the modern world. They’ll also look at some of the engineers, inventors and scientists who have helped shape the world we live in today and some other random science experiments simply because they are either cool or blooming dangerous…..   

Scene 2 – Methane

Methane bubbles are created and ignited creating a large flame on stage.  This is then linked back to the different types of energy, how Methane was discovered and explained accordingly.

Key Question: Is Methane flammable?

Scene 3 – Human Rocket

Looking at man’s first mission to the moon and the developments in space travel from the initial engineering of the rocket to Virgin Galactic.   A lighthearted scene is then created whereby a human cannon is built on stage.  A presenter is loaded into it whilst onstage and using “theatrical magic” is then fired across the stage. 

Key Question: How fast do you need to travel to get into space and what was it that Issac Newton said?

Scene 4 – Electricity

It’s time to bring up some volunteers for a hair raising “dance off” followed by a look at the difference between Current and Static Electricity using a Plasma ball, a Van De Graaff machine and one expendable presenter.

Key Question: What is the difference between Current and Static Electricity?

Scene 5 – Mondegreen

A mondegreen is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning.  Mondegreens are most often created by a person listening to a poem or a song; the listener, being unable to clearly hear a lyric, substitutes words that sound similar, and make some kind of sense. Let’s have a look at some of the newest misinterpretations as a group.  Why? Because it sounds fun. 

Key Question: What is a mondegreen and why does it happen?

Scene 6 – Liquid Nitrogen

A series of demonstrations are done, linking back to energy and explaining how and why they work.  These include freezing flowers and smashing them over a presenters head, A balloon filled with “air” being cooled down to – 196 degrees turning from a liquid into a gas, a 2 litre exploding bottle and a very large cloud produced right onstage. 

Key Question: Can things that are really cold, boil?

Scene 7 – Cannon Warfare 

The voiceover from above leads us through the pirates and their weapons of science construction.  First up, it’s the co2 cannon which fires foam balls into the audience. Number 2 – a hydrogen bottle rocket cannon which fires multiple 2 litre plastic bottles into the audience and finally number 3 – a pirates cannon which is built to contain a smoke machine and fires smoke rings across the audience.  All cannons are explained and linked back to the inventors/discoverers and the different types of energy. 

Key question: What is the chemical symbol of Hydrogen?

Scene 8 – Invention

It’s time to look at some of the inventors who have shaped the modern world we live in.  Here we look at Leonardo Da Vinci, Louis Pasteur, James Watts, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and finally Christopher Cockerill.  The history of the hovercraft is looked at highlighting how Christopher Cockerell first tested the hovercraft in 1955 using an empty cat food tin inside a coffee tin, an industrial air blower and a pair of kitchen scales.  We’ll then look at how he engineered the first hovercraft and then build one on stage.  Only thing is – we need a pilot?

Key Question:  Why is the Hovercraft one of the most successful inventions of the 20th century?

Scene 9 – Periodic Table and the Elements.

What’s the difference between an atom and an element and why is it called the periodic table? And is there a way in which you can remember every element on the periodic table in under two minutes?

Key Question: What is the difference between a period and a group on the periodic table?

Scene 10 – Pedal power and Renewable Energy.

In a world where everyone is obsessed with a smoothie can you turn it into a science experiment? Let’s see.  Looking at the different types of renewable energy and pedal power combined, it’s time to see if the audience can exercise their way to a delicious smoothie. 

Key Question: How much energy is required to power the electrical items we use every day?

Scene 11 – Explosive Balloons and the Fire Triangle

Explaining the fire triangle the balloons are ignited containing different mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen for a really loud bang. 

Key question: What are the three elements of the fire triangle?