Mad Science of Maine dazzles at Gibbs Library
Washington — Science fans of all ages gathered at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8 for a scintillating and fun-filled presentation by Mad Science of Maine.
Mad Science representative Ellen "Echo" Pattee of Scarborough, who holds degrees in both marine biology and early childhood education, described herself as "very passionate" about the science outreach program.
"I love going around saying, 'Hi, I'm a mad scientist,'" Pattee said before delighting the audience with colored flames, minor explosions, and foam-spewing flasks.
Mad Science of Maine is the local franchise of an organization with branches in Canada, England, and many U.S. states. According to Pattee, Mad Science educators present their skills at a wide variety of functions, including in-class field trips, summer camps and birthday parties.
"I'm going to light things on fire today, and I'm going to use dry ice," Pattee said. "I mean, if that doesn't get kids excited about science, what's going to?"
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