KEENE VALLEY — Goop, globs, shocks and projectiles were all part of Keene Central School's 70 exhibits at the Super Scientific Science Slam.
Every hallway, the old Beaverdome and the new gym had presentations, mostly hands-on, to allow the students kindergarten through grade 12 to explain their scientific concepts as well as to get the community actively involved.
A collaboration of parents, community and teachers put the exhibition together, spearheaded by Jen Kazmierczak.
"We wanted this science night to do hands-on displays, which is somewhat different from traditional science fairs at schools," she said.
A contest was held to name the event, she said.
"And it has lived up to its name.
"Our goal was to get the kids interested in science, and it looks like it has." &subhead;ROBOTS AND OOBLECK
Several larger events were held in the gym, including a station with two Van de Graaff generators, which create high voltages of static electricity that can make hair stand on end and create other shocking results.
Due to the electrifying nature of these exhibits patrons were requested to leave their telecommunication devices at the gym door.
Some students created egg coddling containers that were dropped from the gym's ceiling to test how well they protected the eggs inside.
Perhaps the most popular was the Bad Neighbor Trebuchet, a glorified name for a catapult-like device that sent tennis balls the length of the gym.
Peter Craig had his robotic device wandering the hallway, while Anna Kowanko, Amanda Boyle and Brittany Guerin set up a convoluted series of falling and rolling objects to accomplish tasks, a la Rube Goldberg.
For those who wanted to immerse themselves in goo, Amelia Ellis, Anya Kazmierczak and Megan Quinn had a tub full of a non-Newtonian fluid in suspension known as "oobleck."
Some stepped in to wade through the stuff, which is uncooked imitation custard.
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