How many rubber bands does it take to implode a watermelon?
The Big Watermelon Experiment sought to answer that very odd question in a mass science experiment for school students. But we need more data, so we are going around (the watermelons) again.
Schools register for free and will receive learning materials (videos and downloads) in the lead up to National Science Week. These cover the materials, the variables, forces at work and the nature of mass collaboration in science (like this).
Before the experiment, students will make predictions on the outcome of the experiment based on scientific principles outlined in the learning materials, and previous results.
During National Science Week, each school or class conducts the experiment, sharing images and results on a national scale to compare data.
The watermelon implosion experiment is visually spectacular, giving students an exciting look into the world of science without the need for expensive equipment or complicated processes.