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Tried & Tested: mad science


Get a quick teambuilding fix with the new range of breakout activities on offer at the Science Museum

Science museum - team - Science_web.jpg (Image courtesy of Andrew Theodore)

It’s not every day you’re asked to pull a table cloth from under a tea set at a conference but it would seem team V&E has a natural talent – we all manage to nail the classic party trick on the first attempt. We’re also meant to have learnt something about Newton in the process – something to do with minimising friction – but we’re pretty sure it’s magic.

We’re in the Science Museum’s impressive Director’s Suite and, with the cloth-pulling out of the way, we move onto the Stupid Egg Trick: three eggs perched on Smarties boxes, three water-filled glasses and a place mat separating them. Whack it from the side, in they drop. Again, magic.

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Our favourite, though, is The Cornflour Slime (half water, half cornflour), aka a ‘non-Newtonian fluid’. It looks like a liquid, but the harder you touch it, the more solid it gets. We’re amazed.

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Our final exploration is with dry ice (pictured) and heavy bubbles filled with carbon dioxide. We realise that by covering our fingers in washing-up liquid we can poke away without them popping.

Breakout sessions don’t get much simpler than this, but like kids with new toys, we don’t want to stop playing.

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Kitchen Science breakouts last up to an hour and cost £1,750 for up to 30 delegates.

Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD, tel: 020 7942 4340,

This article was first printed in Square Meal Venues & Events, summer 2013

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