We’re specifically supporting the second experiment in the series, which will go out in February next year. That looks at the fascinating phenomenon known as the Mpemba Effect, where hot water freezes more quickly than cold. We’ve been helping to develop the structure of the lesson and the scientific procedures, alongside colleagues at PSQM.
Also in February, the Terrific Scientific team will launch a unique, interactive map of the UK, enabling schools to upload their results from each of the scientific investigations and then compare and contrast them with other schools across the UK.
Using state-of-the art graphics and data-visualisation, the Terrific Scientific Map will help to create a sense of being part of a scientific community and ensure children develop their scientific enquiry skills – a key part of the science curriculum.
In an innovative partnership, each investigation will also feed into real research being conducted by some of the UK’s leading universities, giving children a sense of purpose for their scientific enquiry. Following the Mpemba Effect live lesson, Southampton University will conduct the research, looking at whether water hardness affects freezing rate.
Our Mpemba Effect competition
In 2012 we ran a competition to look for the best and most creative explanation as to why this counterintuitive phenomenon occurs.
We received an incredible 22,000 entries to the competition, from 120 countries. These were then whittled down to just 11 finalists by a panel of expert judges and a public vote.
The winner of the competition was Nikola Bregovic, a research assistant in physical chemistry at the University of Zagreb, in Croatia.