Crazy chemical reactions at the National Ploughing Championships 2016

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Science Foundation Ireland ran a variety of interactive science shows and workshops for event goers of all age groups including science magic shows, microscope workshops at the National Championships from September 20th to 22nd, 2016. 

As part of the SFI tent, SSPC gave an exciting insight into the simple chemical reaction that generates instant warmth from reusable hand warmers. The magic of these hand warmers is in the metal disc you see inside it. All you do is click the disc back and forth a few times and you'll see the clearish gel inside become opaque. As the opaqueness spreads, so does the heat! This was a very welcome gift for all our visitors as the day got colder!!

Also, very fitting for the championships was a demonstration of RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase kit. The equipment can analyse almost any kind of sample and the audience were shown demonstrations of the percentage of drugs contined in certain sample of veterinary medicine.