Demonstrating the Laminar flow demo called <a href=

Demonstrating the Laminar flow demo called Twist of Time

We just arrived in Shannon, Ireland and we’re headed to the University of Limerick for the Irish Science Teachers Association meeting. I’ve had the great fortune of speaking at this conference twice in 1997 and 2000 where I made some fantastic friends in the science education world. When I spoke the first time in Cork, I can remember taking all of my demos over with me on the plane (oh how times have changed). Twelve years later, FedEx delivered my demos after signing my life away and, I’m happy to report, everything arrived in one piece. But there are a few things that are difficult to ship over for one reason or another. When I arrived at the University of Limerick today, I was greeted by Bob Kelly who had a 220 volt smoke machine in hand, a bag of balloons filled with sulfur hexafluoride (SF6 for the Reverse Helium demo), and a large trash can. I just can’t remember if I asked them to turn off the smoke alarms during the lecture?

Trunk filled with strange supplies - eggs, potatoes, large trash can and Diet Coke

Trunk filled with strange supplies – eggs, potatoes, large trash can and Diet Coke

Smoke machine + trash can = smoke alarm problem?

Smoke machine + trash can = smoke alarm problem?

Much to my surprise, they filled balloons with sulfur hexafluoride for the SF6 Reverse Helium demo.

Much to my surprise, they filled balloons with sulfur hexafluoride for the SF6 Reverse Helium demo.

Jack shares his Hooked on Learning routine.

Jack shares his Hooked on Learning routine.

Demonstrating the Potato Gun Launcher.

Demonstrating the Potato Gun Launcher.

The Flying Smoke Rings worked like a charm during the Sunday morning lecture.

The Flying Smoke Rings worked like a charm during the Sunday morning lecture.

Don't invite Steve Spangler to speak at your conference if you like PowerPoint presenters.

Don’t invite Steve Spangler to speak at your conference if you like PowerPoint presenters.

Trash can is translated "dust bin" in Ireland... but the cool factor is high however you say it.

Trash can is translated “dust bin” in Ireland… but the cool factor is high however you say it.

Ian McCullough awaits a blast of air to knock off the cup.

Ian McCullough awaits a blast of air to knock off the cup.

Mark and Scott Spangler share a new twist on the Mentos Geyser reaction using the Super Soda Dispenser 3000

Mark and Scott Spangler share a new twist on the Mentos Geyser reaction using the Super Soda Dispenser 3000

Instant Snow polymer erupted with a few ooohs & ahhhs.

Instant Snow polymer erupted with a few ooohs & ahhhs.

 

2 replies
  1. Erin Connelly
    Erin Connelly says:

    You were fantastic at the ISTA. It was the first time I’ve seen you live. You do more than just science – you bring it to life. Thanks for everything!
    Erin (from the CSI workshop)

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  2. Diane Condon
    Diane Condon says:

    You were certainly the highlight of the weekend! Thank you for sharing your passion for making science fun. Jack, Mark and Scott certainly stole the show. I look forward to the next time you come to Ireland.
    Diane

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