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Don Your Lab Coats, Scienceworks Is Streaming DIY Experiments From Their Lightning Room

By Rick Stephens
14th May 2020

Students looking in awe at Sciencework's lightning room.

Home to the planetarium and the unrivalled Cathy Freeman running wall, Melbourne’s science and technology museum has moved online to jazz up your at-home science classes.

Scienceworks is offering a heap of free online DIY and how-to activity guides for making anything from paper planes to magnets, plus eLearning resources for biology, physics, earth and space. Before you start mixing mentos with cola for the fifth remote lesson in a row, it could be time to turn to the experts. 

Delve into the mystery of where lightning and thunder comes from, or why you can get an electric shock from a doorknob, all filmed from within their terrifying lightning room. Watching the electricity-producing gadget work its magic is equal parts spooky and hypnotising, and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for anyone who went to primary school within the Melbourne metro area. 

Just like LEGO, licking the bowl and Scienceworks itself, their online kit isn’t just for the kids—their activity page a goldmine for keeping your housemates entertained, with space puzzles, weird experiments and a monthly go-to guide for the everything happening in the night sky. 

The streams come at a good time considering we're in the middle of Australia Museum Week, and only five days away from International Museum Day. It’s all available here, with new content uploaded weekly to keep you and your iso buddies entertained. 

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