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  • ‘Science Guys’ teach younger students

  • Most of the time when you think about middle school guys, an oozing mess is not that unexpected.
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  • Most of the time when you think about middle school guys, an oozing mess is not that unexpected.
    However, Bullpup Scholar eighth-graders Trey Hett, Mikey Saverino, Jeffrey Reed and Andrew Trowbridge, otherwise known as The Science Guys, used the mess they created to teach elements of science to the local elementary schools’ second- an third-graders.
    The Science Guys each completed an experiment in a presentation they called science magic.
    Saverino was the expert on creating “elephant toothpaste,” which is colorful foam made by combining hydrogen peroxide and yeast. Amid the “oohs” and “ahhs,” he explained the exothermic reaction comparing it to thermal underwear and the exoskeleton of an insect.
    Trowbridge seamlessly transitioned the volcano of foam to his own lava lamps made from oil, water, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer. The resulting mixture bubbled, making colorful blobs float like the psychedelic lamps many are familiar with.
    Like a street magician, Reed, deftly maneuvered three cups of water. He had the students guess which cup had water. The first guess was correct, but then he magically made the water disappear. Once he reviled the trick, though, it was no less amazing to the students as they felt the gel the super water absorbent polymer created to absorb the water in the cup.
    Hett concluded the show with a classic trick. Placing a balloon full of baking soda over the top of a pop bottle filled with vinegar, he inflated the balloon with the resulting gas. Hett stumped the students by increasing the sizes of bottles and amounts of vinegar and baking soda to see if the balloon inflated more.
    Although they did get a bit messy, it was well worth it for the students.
    The young students’ questions poured out much like elephant toothpaste. The Science Guys had a blast not only learning about the experiments they presented, but also planning, scheduling, getting materials, writing scripts and thinking about how to explain the science behind the magic on a level that the second- and third-grade students would easily grasp.
    “It felt great entertaining kids while teaching them as well,” Trowbridge said.
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