Thursday, January 13, 2011

Who Says You Can't Walk -- or Run -- on Water?

By Jennifer Donovan*

HOUGHTON -- Kids of all ages will never forget the Einstein Project Science Expo in Green Bay this Saturday, Jan.15, 2011. That’s when they will have a chance to dash or dance over the surface of a non-Newtonian liquid called oobleck, a sticky white substance that will grab their feet and hold them fast if they dare to slow down.

Fun with Oobleck. (Photo courtesy Michigan Technological University. Reprinted with permission.)

Oobleck is just one of the exciting hands-on science experiences that a high-energy band of students and staff from Michigan Technological University will use to demonstrate what a blast science can be. The Michigan Tech MIND TREKKERS are bringing one of nearly 60 do-it-yourself science exhibits coming to the annual expo, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Shopko Hall in Green Bay.

Visitors to the MIND TREKKERS’ booth can also make (and taste) liquid nitrogen ice cream and make their hair stand on end by touching a Van de Graaff generator.

The Expo also features stage shows on the Omnova Main Stage, including Professor Gizmo’s Feats of Science and Discovery World’s Fire and Ice Show.

Projects entered in the Ameriprise Science Fair will be on display. They will be judged and winners announced during the Expo. Michigan Tech is providing full-ride 2011 Summer Youth Programs scholarships to the winners of the Fair.

Tickets are $4 for children age 3 to 18, $2 for adults and free for children 2 and under.

*Editor's Note: Jennifer Donovan is Michigan Tech University Director of Public Relations. This article and photo are reprinted with permission from the Michigan Tech News.

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