THE world of physics was brought to life for pupils in East Shields during an entertaining show.
Bob Kiddle, from the Institute of Physics, visited pupils at Harton Technology College.
The science expert presented his hour-long Ever Wondered Why science show to more than 800 youngsters and their teachers.
Karen Pattison, a physics teacher at the Lisle Road school, said: “As a science teacher, a frequent rationale from students is that physics is a subject that will not matter, or it’s not important to their personal career aspirations.
“The show emphasised how physics is relevant to almost all everyday contexts, as well as in numerous career choices, many that are not assumed to be scientific in any way, with music and sport being popular.”
Mr Kiddle educated his audience with optical illusions, exploding bottles and flame tests – to explain the composition of stars.
His entertaining methods made not only the pupils, but also teachers, sit up and listen.
Zoe Swinbanks, a Year 9 pupil, said: “It never occurred to me to question how we know so much about stars.
“The show really helped me understand.”
Art teacher Simon Jones was rather impressed to discover how the human eye recognises colour.
He said: “Who knew how we see colour could be explained in such a way?”
Trevor Denham, a school governor, believes Mr Kiddle has inspired a future generation of science lovers.
He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the show, it was spectacular way.
“I think it went a long was to inspire our physicists of the future.”