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Students can have four, five or even six lessons during a day and some may feel that they are being bombarded with useless, irrelevant or even boring information. However, sometimes, it can take just one interesting fact or exciting anecdote to capture a student’s interest and ignite their passion for a subject. In this article, we have collated our five favourite science facts that will amaze and engage your students.

1. It would take 19 minutes to fall from the North Pole to Earth’s core.

Our first amazing fact can help pupils to comprehend just how big the Earth actually is! If a person stood at the North Pole and the ground beneath them gave way, it would take an astonishing 19 minutes of free-falling before that person reached the very centre of Earth’s core. – DK

2. A cloud can weigh as much as a large aeroplane.

You may imagine clouds to be fluffy and weightless… you’d be wrong! A cumulus cloud – which is the large, individual, cauliflower cloud that is usually seen in fair weather – can weigh up to one million pounds. That’s a similar weight to a large aeroplane when it’s full of passengers, luggage and cargo. – RD

3. Earphones and bacteria.

Next, we have a fact to disgust those students who love their earphones! Research has shown that wearing an earphone for an hour can cause the normal bacteria found in the ear canal to increase by almost 700 times. This can lead to an increase in wax which can further increase the bacteria breeding ground. – byjus

4. It’s impossible to burp in space

Whilst we’re talking about the human body, did you know that it is impossible for a person to burp when they are in space? This is due to the lack of gravity found in space. When a person releases a burp on earth, the gases from their digestive system escape but the Earth’s gravitational forces keep the solids and liquids firmly in the stomach. In space, the absence of gravity means that if a person does burp, any undigested food will come back up and a person will vomit. This is a delightful thought to share with your classes! – RD

5. The Eiffel Tower gets taller in the summer

Our final interesting science fact relates to the Eiffel Tower, which stands an impressive 330m (or 1083 feet) tall. An interesting fact in itself, until you discover that in the summer months, it’s actually even taller than that! When a material, such as the metal which the tower is created from, is heated up, the tiny particles within it expand and take up a larger volume. This process is called thermal expansion and explains why the mercury on a thermometer moves upwards in higher temperatures. This process causes the Eiffel Tower to increase in height by up to 15cm in the summer months! – How It Works

We hope that you can use some of these scientific facts to further engage your students in your subject. If you found these science facts useful then be sure to head over to EDClass

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