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National Science Weekend

10th March 2012 - 11th March 2012, 10:00 - 17:00

On Saturday 10th March as part of National Science and Engineering Week, families are invited to join the Magic of Magnetism presented by: Dr Mike Diprose

Electricity is an energy source we all use in dozens of ways each day - but if it was not for magnetism there would not be the vast network of power stations supplying us with energy.

This lecture looks at the discovery and uses of magnetism from the days of ancient Chinese compasses to modern uses of magnets in radars and microwave ovens. On the way, we learn of Oersted's experiments showing that electric currents make magnetic fields and Faraday's wonderful discovery of electromagnetic induction, which led to electric generators and the National Grid. There are many experiments and demonstrations, a bicycle generator, a cake making microwave oven, lengths of steel rod tied into knots, a Jacob's ladder and some 150,000 Volt sparks, Mike Diprose will show some of the 'Magic of Magnetism'.

On Sunday 11th March come along to the Kitchen Sink Show . Go on a journey around the kitchen and open up a world of science fun. It's a curious, messy, slimy world full of the materials and objects of everyday life.

The Magic of Magnetism and the Kitchen Sink Show are free of charge to Magna ticket holders and will take place at 11.30am and 2.00pm.

Budding scientists get ready for a science weekend Magna-style!

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