The force of nature

Members of the Years 7 & 8 lunchtime Geoexplorers Club had great fun and gained valuable knowledge through their volcano project this term.

The boys learned about how volcanoes are formed and why they erupt. They then designed and constructed their own in 3D using papier maché. They used vinegar and baking powder, mixed with red food dye, to cause their models to simulate eruptions and molten lava. Stick men had been placed in the village at the bottom of the model volcanoes: their extinction brought to life the disastrous impact of a volcano on its local environment. The boys agreed that the highlight was seeing their teacher, Geraldine Booth, covered in lava (red food colouring) after one particularly spectacular volcanic eruption.