The class today was on combustion. It was a quite entertaining class. He had the kids take a pledge not to do any of the things he did at home but I am sure he made everybody a lot more interested in fire over all. The first "trick" he did was to soak a donated dollar bill in 70% rubbing alcohol and 30% water. Then he held it with a tongs over a flame where it promptly ignited and had quite a merry flame. After a second or so he shook out the flame and there was the dollar bill as good as new. The water had protected the dollar bill from bursting into flames. I personally would like to try that at home. He did lots of other fun stuff. Above he is making a fire tornado of sorts.
This picture is a beautiful one of Mara where she held a pile of bubbles that were blown up using a balloon full of hydrogen. When he held a flame up to it, it burst into flame for just a second and burned up the bubbles but didn't hurt her hand.
After the class we had fun playing on the main science center area. (We were blessed with the gift of a family membership this year.) Above Jonathan is holding down a button which makes a flame go which makes the hot air balloon rise.
Here are the kids in front of a cute nature area.
Here is Megan in front of a fun echo tube.
Here is a picture of Mara at the science center last year. This is a small boa and it still gives me the creeps knowing that she held it. I wasn't there when she did it. It didn't bother her at all, she just said that it was a little heavy.
Anyway science centers are great fun. I am hoping we will be able to go fairly often, but no holding of snakes for me!!