|Older pic, but I love "A" looking at Daddy's book and trying to be a reader.|
What does this have to do with Mad Science you ask? Well, part of the summer reading program is once a week they do a free event for children. This week was Mad Science. I am familiar with the Mad Science program because it is offered every year to my students at school. I have never actually seen Mad Science in action though. It was a hoot. Our presenter (Madam Chaos) was from England and had the most animated voice and facial expressions. You couldn't help but be drawn in. She started off the show with doing a magic trick with a playing card. "A" especially loved this because he has decided to put on magic shows himself recently. Then she continued with science experiments like getting the egg into the beaker and out, filling huge bags with a single breath of air, balancing balls on rushing air, and lots of fun stuff with dry ice. "A" was transfixed!!! Madam Chaos used all sorts of big vocabulary (which I loved because she offered lots of context clues and trusted the children to be able to follower her-they did). I think "A" thought all of it was magic though. I love the idea of him seeing science in fun and exciting ways...even if he couldn't understand and explain all of it. Knowing "A" he will tell me a science fact he learned weeks from now that he remembered and completely blow me away...he's sneaking like that.
Highlights from the show:
|Madam Chaos balancing balls with a hair dryer|
|Dry-Ice Shower with Soap Bubbles|
|"A"playing with the fog created by Dry-Ice|