By Sebastian Vardavas, Barnaby Haslem and Nicholas Serone
For the duration of the final two periods, boys ranging from year 7-10 gathered on Johnson Bank to conduct a science experiment. There was a major commotion as students struggled to contain their excitement. With the prospect of possible sugar consumption approaching, there was an air of excitement circulating across the bank.
After the boys slowly began to settle down, Mr Davies demonstrated how to complete the experiment. The aim of the afternoon was to decipher what the optimum amount of Mentos required is to create the largest fountain of coke. After the boys were provided with the procedure, boys rushed to gather as much Mentos as they could possible, with the presumption that the greater amount of Mentos used, would result in the creation of a higher fountain.
With the mass disappearance of most of the Mentos provided, the teachers were baffled at how most groups lacked the appropriate amount. But this was not the only controversial case to emerge from the scientific event. Herds of boys raced onto Johnson Oval in an attempt to claim as many coke bottles as they could for their own consumption, which was not to the teacher’s delight.
Once both of the mentioned controversies ceased, and the teachers regained control of the experiment, the boys lined up across the field and released seven pieces of Mentos into over 200 coke bottles creating a rather dispiriting eruption of coca cola. Which evoked a somewhat disappointed reaction from the boys present, as the fountains created from the experiment did not meet the high expectations of the boys.
The event ebbed and flowed, had its disruptions and successes, but overall it elicited an amazing response from majority of the student body, all in the name of science. The STEM festival thus far has provided Newington with an abundance of amazing experiences, but the Biggest Science Experiment without a doubt supersedes any prior event.