Ever wonder what lightning is made of? Plasma. Plasma is the fourth state of matter and somewhat mysterious. Even though 99% of our universe is made of this electrically charged, ionized cousin of gas, scientists still don’t know everything about it because it is hazardous and rarely occurs on Planet Earth.
When it does, it is often lethal. It is a leading cause of weather related deaths.
Observing plasma up close and personal, by visiting the sun, is impossible. Plasma visits Earth in the form of lightning strikes when stable air particles are transformed from a gas to plasma. The amount of energy required is tremendous and that energy unleashed causes death (an average of 51 people annually) and destruction (hundreds of severe injuries and billions of dollars in property loss).
But you can safely check out plasma up close and personal on Monday August 4, 2014 at the Kempsville Christian Church’s Awesome August Spectacular Science show. This free event is open to the public and features a number of science demonstrations and games for children from 10 AM until noon.
Participants will witness the power of the sun, how camouflage assists predator and prey, light refraction tricks, how the human body (safely) conducts electricity and more. Parents will leave with copies of the games and kids can take home clip on solar bead lanyard to warn when UV rays are present and burning.
In addition to hot science activities, the program will highlight God's role in creating and maintaining our world with fundamental forces such as gravity, strong and weak nuclear force and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Pre-registration is not required. For more information or directions, contact Scott Barritt at 490-3925 or the church website. The program is geared toward school age children. Parents should plan to assist any preschoolers with hands on activities.