Fun With Science: Youngsters study sound at ES library

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Jetpack Jason demonstrates compression waves, with the help of volunteer Eli, as part of Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading event Mad Science, teaching children about the science of sound.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

The children sat eagerly awaiting the mad scientist to begin his show. He wore a white lab coat that bore the name Jetpack Jason. His tools, which ranged from a blowtorch to a potato, lay on his purple-covered tables that stretched behind him.

Jason Kucerik, whose stage name is Jetpack Jason, performed the Super Science Show from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library. The show was a part of the Libraries Rock! summer reading program and focused on sound.

Throughout the presentation, Kucerik called for volunteers from the audience of about 15 children. Using demonstrations that involved the children, Kucerik taught them how sound works, explaining that sound is a wave by propelling a spring into wave-like movements.

The library hired Kucerik through a group dedicated to teaching children about science called Mad Science. He’s been working with the organization for nine years, he said.

He said he loves when “that lightbulb comes on” for children in the audience.

Mad Science was founded in 1985 in Montreal,according to the organization’s website. There are now more than 160 locations in more than 20 countries, spanning across five continents.

“It’s really fun,” Kucerik said.

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