I don’t know about anyone else, but no other holiday seems to make me feel so much like a child again than Guy Fawkes night. There just something about the pretty colours and loud bangs of the bonfire and fireworks that makes be feel very young 🙂 This year has been the first year I haven’t gone home for bonfire night and instead I enjoyed the evening with some friends in their garden and had a go at setting off some our own garden fireworks! I didn’t know how much more rewarding it is watching a firework light up the sky when you know you’re the one who lit it! :DAlso, it was the first time I have ever got to hold a sparkler. Some of the looks of shock from people I told this to where quite spectacular. Apparently it is surprising to have gone so many years without playing with sparklers!
As an IScientist though, I cannot let this festival pass without marveling at the chemistry and physics behind all those pretty colours and lights! I often like to play the ‘Guess the Compound’ firework game where you have a guess at what chemical compounds might be in the fireworks from its colour. Of course, there is much more to it than that and if you are like me and fancy finding out more about the science behind all of it then free to use here as a starting point!
This is one of the great things about the people that come together to form our IScience course; we are all so interested by ALL the science of ALL the things!!! I can say to a fellow IScientist how fascinating I find the chemistry behind fireworks and know that, rather than looking at me in a slightly amused/confused way, they will instead probably be just excited as me. It is hard not to love learning when you are surrounded by the enthusiasm of IScientists! 🙂