01/26/13 2:30pm
01/26/2013 2:30 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Mad Scientist professor Will Hill fills the auditorium with CO2 gas 'fog' by dropping dry ice into buckets of hot water.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Mad Scientist professor Will Hill fills the auditorium with CO2 gas ‘fog’ by dropping dry ice into buckets of hot water.

A standing room crowd of 200 children and their parents packed into the auditorium at the Town’s Senior Center in Aquebogue Saturday morning to be amazed and entertained by the science-themed show presented by Mad Science of Long Island franchise.

Mad Science calls the shows “sparking imaginative learning.”

‘Fire and Ice’ was presented by Mad Scientist Professor Will Hill, who has been doing the shows for seven years.

Mr. Hill said that the show teaches the children the scientific properties of fire, air pressure, dry ice and carbon dioxide. He also taught them about scientific method, hypothesis, physical and chemical changes and sublimation.

For the finale he had the children close their eyes as he dropped dry ice into hot water, which turned the carbon dioxide into clouds of CO2 gas, filling the room with ‘fog’ to the delight of the children. He explained how that was done in movies and haunted houses.

The Recreation Department usually sponsors two of these free Mad Science events each year.

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