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7 November 2016

Family Science Night – Electricity and Lightning

Kalgoorlie was treated to “electric” presentations by Science Time Educator, Dr Peter Eastwell on 25 and 26 October 2016. Bringing his Electricity and Lightning show to Kalgoorlie, Peter taught over 170 people the difference between amps and voltages and what to do when caught in a lightning storm.

The show was highly visual and entertaining. Peter kept the audience enthralled with his giant Tesla Coil and Van de Graff generator, choosing audience members to demonstrate electricity’s effect on their muscles.

Since 1997, Peter has been self-employed as the Director of Science Time Education, conducting science programs all over the country. He is a registered science and technology communicator, an accredited Primary Investigations and Crest Awards trainer, and has authored broadly in the area of science education. With a deep passion for science education that participants find contagious, he enjoys nothing more than sharing his fascination for the scientific principles that govern our world.

GEMIA Project Officer, Jane Gilbert said the evening was a great success with both shows fully booked.

“Peter was so engaging and the audience, both young and old, were fascinated with his facts on Electricity and Lightening,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“I was very interested to learn that you would need 3km of rubber to provide enough protection from lightning – no more playing in storms in your rubber thongs!

“It was fantastic to see the families of the Goldfields get behind this event, have fun and learn together.”

GEMIA’s vision to Inspire Success through Science is supported by partnerships with Inspiring Australia, Goldfields Esperance Development Commission – Royalties for Regions, CME and other key associations.

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