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Out of this world science lesson creates a big bang

Harry Kroto and KiraScientists of tomorrow ventured on a voyage of discovery in an enthralling workshop hosted by an internationally renowned Nobel Prize winner and University of Sheffield graduate.

Professor Sir Harry Kroto took 50 school children from Birley Community Primary School and Holy Trinity School in Barnsley on an intriguing journey of scientific adventure and exploration with his unique Buckyball Workshop.

Sir Harry was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his discovery of a new form of carbon: buckyballs.

Buckyballs are shaped like a traditional football and the carbon fullerene molecules are made of pentagons and hexagons. In 2010 the breakthrough was named by fellow academics as one of the 10 most important discoveries made by their peers at UK universities in the past 60 years.

During the innovative workshop, the budding scientists of the future made their very own models of the buckyball using a specially provided kit. The aim of the activity was to give pupils the chance to learn about the buckyball's interesting properties and relate these to properties of other structures made from carbon, including graphite which is used in pencils, diamond necklaces and rings. Click here to read more...


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