One of the rare privileges of working in Science Centre is the fact that you often chance on groups of children in awe of some science experiments or science exhibits here.
Today, after trying to figure out how to break down complex defence science into an interesting article for kids, I walked past the Fire Tornado Exhibit at 3pm. The huge group of kids gathered for show time made me stop, watch and smile. It made me take lots of photos again…
Do you see how excited the kids were? Only after their teachers gave them the clearance, did they come forward to touch the sides of the ‘giant lamp’ . I have to say, both the show presenter and the teachers did a great job in rousing the kids’ interests and allowed them to experience such a memorable show.
The Science Centre’s Fire Tornado rises some 6 metres and the flame spirals for about 3 mins. The exhibit was created by Dr Tsai Her Mann, then a Fellow at the Science Centre, back in September 2010. The show is scheduled from Tuesdays to Sundays at 3pm. It was inspired by nature, where a large fire can cause a strong updraft and winds converging from different directions, forming a whirl that pulls the fire into the sky. The most recent one that I can think of is the fire tornado caught on camera near Alice Springs, Australia this September. That was a 30-metre high fire tornado.
In reality, fire tornados are seldom caught on camera and few humans witness them first-hand.
We hope the kids and all visitors to the Centre will enjoy this and continue to be inspired by the forces of nature, just as how the kids’ genuine curiosity and laughter inspired me!