Wowing with science

Wanda Rodriguez on a bed of thumbtacksThe Live Demonstration Hour has been an ASTC Annual Conference event for over 20 years. A hallmark of science centers, science demonstrations date back to the 17th century. Later, Benjamin Franklin entertained his friends and neighbors with his own experiments. This morning, presenters from across the United States wowed conference goers with their stretch rope walking skills, musical abilities, and dramatic demonstrations of physics, using such everyday objects as drinking glasses, toilet paper, and thumb tacks.

This year’s performers included Woody Sobey, Discovery Center of Idaho, Boise;  Duane Dill and Eric Meyer, Explora, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jonah Cohen, the Children’s Museum, West Hartford, Connecticut; Mikey Casalaine, the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia; Wanda Rodriguez, Funtastic Science; and Eddie Goldstein, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado.

About the image: A cinder block is smashed over Wanda Rodriguez as she lies on a bed of thumb tacks. Photo by Christine Ruffo