This past week, we presented the show Super Scientific Circus to more than 4,000 students. In this show, science meets comedy using amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bull whips, and magic to introduce a number of scientific principles — friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.
Many teachers were very excited about this show because Austin schools have ranked so low on state testing for science.
One sent me this e-mail on the same day as the show:
“WOW, SuperScientificCircus was GREAT. Seriously, all the kids loved it as did the parents. We tried all of the experiments when we got back to school Best field trip EVER! Thank you SO much!!!”
I worked with some University of Texas graduate students to create interactive study guides for each student. In the guide we asked the students to use the scientific method (problem, hypothesis, experiment, observation, and conclusion) along with their imaginations to make their own inventions.
Here are some that they came up with:
This 3rd grader wanted to find a better way to get food for her and her family. She decided to invent a heart plant, which would water your plants and vegtables for you. Seems logical to me.
Here are some students from Linder Elementary. They are a Title I school. When I called the school at the beginning of the year, they said that they couldn’t attend the show, because the school had no money. The teacher I talked to said that a lot of their kids couldn’t afford school supplies. We worked it out so that over 900 students were able to come to our theatre at a very minimal cost. Their teachers could not stop telling me how much they loved the show.