Last updated: July 22. 2014 1:34PM - 154 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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Fizz, Boom, Read!

Mr. Molecule, who prefers to be referred to as such, visited Preble County’s District Libraries the week of July 14-17 to demonstrate to spectators of all ages the importance of science and education.

Every summer, Mr. Molecule and his traveling experiments and magic tricks hit the road to infect students, young adults, children, parents, grand parents, and anyone in between with the learning bug. This summer, the theme is science.

Mr. Molecule stays busy throughout the other seasons as well, teaching his audiences anti-bullying, how to love math (with a show entitled, “Captain Numbers,” to follow a “hero” theme), and many other themed lessons which parallel the National Summer Reading theme.

Libraries are not his only venue. Mr. Molecule visits state fairs, theatres, schools, just to name a few, to keep him busy.

The catalyst to Mr. Molecule’s eccentric demonstrations is fueled by the passion “to get kids to read, check out books, and to increase circulation, draw a crowd for summer reading,” he said. “Studies have showed that if kids don’t read during the summer, it takes like about five or six months for them to catch back up.”

The inspiration for the performances are driven by the given state’s curriculum for all student’s age range, “and how to make it appeal to everyone,” said Mr. Molecule. “It’s simple, but visual enough that it will attract the older kids.”

Mr. Molecule’s show incorporates principles of exothermic reactions, Bernoulli’s Principle, kinetic energy, ecosystems, chemical bonds, astronomy, classification, the human body, life science, and physical science.

This marks the fourth year for Mr. Molecule’s presentations in Preble County.

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