Answer those tricky questions

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2007, 12:00am

British Council's Science Alive event helps you learn about different aspects of science through games and discussions

Have you ever wondered why some music sounds beautiful while some sounds dreadful? Do you contemplate why the 135-metre London Millennium Wheel stands up without falling down? Or how does GPS (Global Positioning System) work?

You can have these questions, and many others, answered by leading UK scientists through drama performances, interactive lectures, workshops, a science cafe and an exhibition at the British Council's Science Alive 2007 event this month.

Science Alive enables students to learn in a stress-free environment, providing an interactive platform that enables them to gain knowledge in an entertaining yet effective fashion.

Beautiful Music, Horrible Sounds (today until Monday) is this year's science drama. Through this interactive performance, primary school students will be able to understand how the dynamics of sound work.

Secondary school students can discover, through four interactive seminars, the scientific background behind: energy, Our Planet-Our Future (November 19) and Too Hot to Handle (November 20); the latest GPS technology, How Star Wars Keeps the Lights On! (November 21); and in What Makes Buildings Stand Up, the relationship between physics, mathematics and architecture.

In addition, the science cafe on November 22 is a great way for senior secondary school students to discuss the social and ethical implications raised by advances in medical genetics while practising their English.

Science Alive also includes a workshop on Science at the Olympics for teachers presented by the Science made Simple group from Cardiff University.

It is designed to prepare teachers for discussions with students on the topic of sports science.

An interactive exhibition is being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall Lobby.

It allows visitors to delve into scientific theory outside the classroom through a range of entertaining and interactive games.

All events will be held at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Go to for details. Teachers can register through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website at

Germaine is a Young Post intern