Learn magic of science


Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.

Children of all ages will be amazed by the magic tricks while actually learning science at “Miracle of Science,” a free program that uses science experiments to teach science and show that science is really fun.

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SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

What: “Miracle of Science” experiments for school-age children.
When: 4 p.m. July 25.
Where: Cone Park Branch Library, 2841 E. University Ave.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-334-0720.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. July 25 at the Cone Park Branch Library at 2841 E. University Ave. It is free and open to the community.

“It’s educationally structured for elementary school-age children,” said Christina Wilson, who, along with her husband, Stephen Wilson, founded Miracle of Science, a science education business based in Chiefland.

She said the program is presented like a magic show and consists of 10 super cool science experiments using liquid nitrogen, dry ice and dramatic chemical reactions. The presentation is designed to engage children so they can see that science is not boring but really fun. “We explain the science behind the magic,” said Wilson, adding that there is a question-and-answer segment in the middle of the show and then at the end, time permitting.

“The experiments are very chemistry-based,” said Stephen Wilson.

Nate Courtney, senior librarian at Cone Park, said children of all ages will enjoy the magic while learning science.

“Kids love it and usually enjoy this type of hands-on programs,” Courtney said.

Nickie Kortus, spokesperson for the Alachua County Library District, said Wilson will show how to shatter a soft flower, create a cloud with liquid nitrogen, make flubber and other experiments.

“These are just some of the amazing science feats you will see performed,” said Kortus in an email.

Wilson said liquid nitrogen experiments are very popular, especially one in which a carnation gives out smoke and then shatters into a million pieces.

“We do a lot of different things and we explain the science behind the miracle,” Wilson said.

Wilson said science experiment kits for children to take home will be available for a nominal cost of $1-$3.

“Parents really like the kits because the children can do experiments at home and be excited by science.” Wilson said. “The show is designed to initiate and heighten the children’s interest in science. I want them to have a good time with science and see that science is very cool.”

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