Newcastle science show ‘crosses Einstein with Tommy Cooper’

FORMER science teacher Tom Mulholland has hit on a winning formula when it comes to putting on a show.

FORMER science teacher Tom Mulholland has hit on a winning formula when it comes to putting on a show.

Tom makes his own contraptions and working models to demonstrate how science and technology works.

A feature of his displays is participation by youngsters in his audiences, with the aim of illustrating how the subject can be enjoyable.

And on December 29 Tom will be putting on a free event in the historic 1902 lecture theatre at the Mining Institute in Westgate Road in Newcastle.

Tom, who was born in Jarrow and lives in Washington, will be making an attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of science demonstrations in an hour from 2.30pm.

Aided by his young helpers, he hopes to clock up between 30 and 40 demonstrations.

The show covers science, discovery and inventions both old and new, ranging from fountains of fizzy cola to radios powered by water pistols and how hydraulic cranes work to wind power and lightning trapped inside a dome.

He will also make connections with great North East engineers, inventors and scientists of the past, such as Lord Armstrong, George and Robert Stephenson, Joseph Swan and Charles Parson, who would have visited the Mining Institute and the Literary and Philosophical Society next door. “The show has been described as a cross between Einstein and Tommy Cooper,” said Tom, who graduated in chemistry from Durham University.

He worked a teacher in the North East, mainly at Harton Technology College in South Shields and as head of technology at Emmanuel College in Gateshead.

He now carries out teacher training work and gives demonstrations in schools and at events across the country.

Tom also works in the family business, designing and installing automated machines for the engineering and manufacturing industry.

Places for the December 29 show must be booked by contacting Simon Brooks at the Mining Institute on 0191 2332459 or e-mail simon.brooks @mininginstitute.org.uk

Tom said: “This is a toe in the water and if the event is a success we could develop it into a series.

“Making things is a fantastic way to learn and be inventive.

“The shows are a great way to learn some science and have fun taking part too.”

For more details log on to website www.technologytom.com

The shows are a great way to learn some science and have fun taking part too

 

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