School Reporters preview museum's new volcano gallery

31 January 2014 Last updated at 16:31

School Reporters go to the opening of the new Volcanoes and Earthquakes Gallery at London's Natural History Museum.
Exterior of Natural History Museum
School Reporters from Pimlico Academy in central London had an early start when they visited the Natural History Museum for the launch of the new Volcanoes and Earthquakes Gallery.
School Reporters arrive at museum
School Reporters (from left) Ruby, Grace and Adam, together with their teacher Ms Williams, arrived at the museum's staff entrance just after 08:00 GMT. This is the story of the launch in the students' own words.
School Reporters entering the gallery
"We felt very privileged to have the opportunity to be among the people to see the new Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery before it opened to the public for the first time later in the morning."
Scientist and curator showing students around
"We met the museum's volcano scientist, Dr Chiara Petrone and curator Alex Fairhead, who showed us around. They told us that although volcanoes and earthquakes have dominated nature since the beginning of time, our knowledge of them continues to evolve."
Heat suit for volcano science
"This is the sort of heat suit scientists wear to collect samples from volcanoes. Temperatures can be over 1,000 degrees. Dr Petrone told us: '"You go in. You collect your sample and you run!'"
Close-ups of crystals
"We saw amazing crystals formed by volcanoes. It's incredible to imagine that these delicate structures could be formed by the destructive power of a volcano."
Dr Chiara Petrone with students
"Dr Petrone talked to us about her scientific work in the field, particularly her trip to Mexico last year to study one of the world's most active volcanoes, Popocatepetl, and collect lava samples."
Students with meteorite
"We got to touch a meteorite, a rock that has come from outer space. It felt quite smooth and warm, even though the surface looked bumpy."
Shaking shop in Natural History Museum
"The gallery's earthquake simulator recreates the shaking and vibration in a supermarket in Kobe, Japan, during an earthquake in 1995 and uses real CCTV from the event. It's eye-opening to think about what people have to go through in some parts of the world."
Students with Alex Fairhead at National History Museum
"The gallery is interactive, dynamic and fun. It was a really good trip, much better than a school visit to a museum where there are only signs to read."
Close-up of hand and display
"The interactive displays mean the exhibition can easily be updated with news of the latest eruptions and quakes from all over the world."
School Reporter Adam on stage at Rocks the House
"We also got a preview of the new Rocks the House show for school groups. Adam got pulled up on stage to help with a live experiment."
Ruby jumping at Rocks the House
"Ruby and Ms Williams had to jump up and down next to a seismometer to create a mini 'earthquake' to show how the machine picks up vibrations."
Interviewing Alex Fairhead and Dr Chiara Petrone
"Afterwards we interviewed Alex Fairhead and Dr Chiara Petrone. It was a really good day - educational and fun and a great opportunity for us."