SCIENCE came to Emu Plains Public School with a bang this month.
Experiments in static electricity, sound and gravity delighted pupils — and a few teachers.
"Children are fascinated with the natural world, so it's easy to show them how science explains nature," principal Tony Best said.
"We're trying to lift the profile of science, and making it come alive is a way of doing it."
Holly Kershaw from the private science education company, Fizzics Education, presented the experiments.
A spinning bicycle wheel on a turntable demonstrated gyroscopes and the way they guide spacecraft. Another experiment showed how sound waves, generated by music, could act like wind, changing the patterns of flames.
Miss Kershaw also demonstrated the way positive and negative charges react to each other by creating static electricity.
"We try to get kids excited by science," she said. "It is often seen as too boring or too hard.
"It's sometimes taught as a lot of facts, rather than as a process of discovery."
Mr Best said one of his favourite experiments showed the way rushing air across a smooth surface created a vacuum, which on a larger scale is what makes flight possible.
"Some of the little ones thought it was magic," he said.
"In fact, magic shows are often tricks based on science."
Miss Kershaw said children asked many interesting questions.
"Some ask why is the sun yellow or how does it rain," she said.
"They ask things I sometimes haven't thought about myself."
Mr Best said he hoped some of his pupils would continue asking such questions.
"Maybe they would even like to pursue careers in science," he said.