Defying conventional wisdom, children at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Summer Reading Club event Tuesday had the chance to play with fire — under the supervision of a mad scientist.
“Sizzlin’” Sam Wendel, owner of North Central Indiana Mad Science, conducted several science experiments for about 40 children and their parents gathered at Rodgers Pavilion in Highland Park. With flames, sparks, smoke rings and bubbles, Wendel taught children about energy, fuel, evaporation, air and the laws of motion.
He started his presentation by explaining he’s not a magician.
“I’m going to try to explain what’s going on so you can understand what science is all about,” Wendel said.
The children shrieked, laughed and gasped when flames shot out of various containers as Wendel demonstrated how air, fuel and energy are needed to start a fire. They jumped up and chased smoke rings around the room when he used a smoke machine to show how air moves in a vortex. Each experiment received a round of applause.
The Mad Science event was part of KHCPL’s “Fizz, Boom, Read” Summer Reading Club. The club is open to all ages and allows participants to track the books they read online for the chance to win prizes.
For more information on upcoming Summer Reading Club events, visit http://summerreadingclub.khcpl.org. To learn more about the Mad Science program, visit http://indy.madscience.org.
Education reporter Lauren Fitch can be reached at 765-454-8587, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @LaurenBFitch.