Mad Science of Maine dazzles at Gibbs Library

By Bane Okholm | Dec 11, 2012
Photo by: Bane Okholm A young scientist "tastes" sublimated dry ice smoke during Mad Science of Maine's Dec. 8 show at the Gibbs Library in Washington.

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?"

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Seats fill quickly at Washington's Gibbs Library ahead of the Mad Science of Maine show Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A youngster models 3-D glasses used during the Mad Science of Maine show at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Pyrotechnics cause consternation for some during the Mad Science of Maine show at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Mad Science of Maine representative Ellen "Echo" Pattee conjures up colored flames at Washington's Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A young assistant culled from the audience jumps on cue during the Mad Science of Maine show at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Flames burst to life seemingly of their own accord during the Mad Science of Maine show at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Lycopodium spores explode in flame as Mad Science of Maine regales visitors to the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A young helper hangs a candy cane on his ear during the Mad Science of Maine show at Washington's Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Mad Science of Maine's Ellen "Echo" Pattee sprinkles an effervescing Jack Frost with man-made snow at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Mad Science of Maine representative Ellen "Echo" Pattee shows off a bubbling beaker at the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A young sidekick anoints Mad Science of Maine's Ellen "Echo" Pattee with foam at the Gibbs Library on Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Mad Science of Maine representative Ellen "Echo" Pattee carries a bucket of sublimating dry ice through an eager crowd at Washington's Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Not everyone is impressed by Mad Science of Maine's dry ice smoke in the Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Children line up to pass Mad Science of Maine's dry ice bucket at the Gibbs Library in Washington Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Sublimating dry ice causes a stir at the Mad Science of Maine show hosted by Washington's Gibbs Library Dec. 8. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Potential scientists prepare for cookies and more at the Gibbs Library following a Dec. 8 show by Mad Science of Maine. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
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