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Mad Science at Fairfield Public Library

By SARAH MORGAN, Special to The Ledger | Mar 13, 2013

The Fairfield Public Library is reprising the popular Mad Science event Tuesday, according to Jessica Garchick, the youth services librarian and event coordinator.

This is the second time the library has held the event, and Garchick is hopeful to make it a permanent annual event.

Mad Science is a hands-on event featuring eight different experiments set up throughout the library and meeting rooms. The experiments are prepared and tested by Mad Science of Central Iowa, according to Garchick.

Elementary-aged patrons and their families are invited to attend, said Garchick. They are welcome to participate in the cool science experiments from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The experiments will be in a variety of areas of science. The stations include: a building a molecule station; an electricity station, where participants will create plasma balls; a marshmallow molecule station, where participants can eat their molecule if done correctly; a forensics station, where participants will look at crime scenes; glowing things, a chemistry station with magnificent reactions; a hovercraft station; a spies and secret agents station; a NASA space station; and a quick reactions station.

Volunteers from Interact, a Rotary club for high school students, and Rotaract, a Rotary club for college students, will help oversee the events.

The volunteers are local students who have been helping with events at the library for about a year through the volunteer program overseen by Beth Alonso, according to Garchick.

The event is free, and everyone is invited to enjoy the science fun.

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