This term, Science club have taken part in a series of experiments in order to change the colour of copper pennies. A copper penny can be coated with a layer of zinc, by heating in a solution of sodium hydroxide and zinc powder. The zinc gives the penny the silver colour. The penny is then heated in the flame of a Bunsen burner. This causes the zinc to react with the original copper of the penny, creating a brass coating on the penny. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, which gives the penny the gold colour.
Science club is open to all year 7 and year 8 students. Anyone wanting to attend can just turn up and get involved on Monday lunch times at 12:45 in room 46. We are currently investigating the growth of plants.
Miss Forrest, Science Department