Wilson Library’s ‘Summer of Surprises’ ends with science and storytelling

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Alexis, 12, holds a science experiment in her hand at the ScienceTellers presentation at the Wilson Library Branch on Aug. 5. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Alexis, 12, holds a science experiment in her hand at the ScienceTellers presentation at the Wilson Library Branch on Aug. 5. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Wilson Library’s “Summer of Surprises” came to an end on Aug. 5 with an hour-long presentation of science, magic and storytelling. The reading program for children is a tool used to keep kids reading during the months when they are away from school.

An interactive show by Jason Vance, of ScienceTellers, was presented at the Wilson Branch Library, to the amusement of both adults and children alike.

Through the use of a story called “Dragons & Dreams” - about two peasants living in a castle, defending their realm from an evil ice sorceress – Vance conducted experiments with dry ice, water and fire. He also used lots of humor, poking fun at both the kids and the perceived danger of the experiments he had laid out.

ScienceTellers is a program that educates children while entertaining them and telling them a story. The program believes that using a story to bind all the facts together helps children to remember the vocabulary and principals behind the experiments.

In one experiment, the entire group of children was brought on stage to have them add soap to water. Vance then added dry ice, creating a lot of gas. Due to the soap in the water, bubbles began to overflow everywhere. This was highly entertaining to the kids, but it was even funnier when Vance began blowing the bubbles everywhere - and on everyone.


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