Young chil­dren learn to be ‘ big thinkers’ dur­ing show at li­brary

The Standard Journal - - Lifestyle - By AGNES HAGIN

Think big! This ed­u­ca­tional mes­sage was con­veyed to a group of young­sters who came to the Cedar­town Li­brary to see Keith Big Thinkers Sci­en­tific Ex­plo­ration.

Keith (Dug­gan) opened his pre­sen­ta­tion with an in­tro­duc­tion of his own iden­tity.

“I am known as Pro­fes­sor Watt,” he said. “A watt is a unit of en­ergy mea­sure­ment.”

He also ex­plained he is a big thinker and en­cour­aged the chil­dren to think big.

Rea­sons given are that big thinkers are cre­ative, re­spon­si­ble, show re­spect, dis­play cour- tesy, con­scious of safety and want to learn.

He in­ter­acted with an at­ten­tive au­di­ence by ask­ing ques­tions and seek­ing vol­un­teers.

This was the be­gin­ning of sev­eral sci­en­tific demon­stra­tions ( ex­per­i­ments) that in­cluded the dif­fer­ence in high and low pres­sure when pre­dict­ing weather pat­terns.

Keith re­vealed how air pres­sure can vary by ask­ing two vol­un­teers to blow into a container.

He sought other kids to help keep ping-pong balls in the air with a hair dryer and a leaf blower was used to keep a beach ball up for sev­eral min­utes.

The fun ac­tiv­i­ties brought laugh­ter and esponse as the pro­fes­sor en­ter­tained the crowd with hands on learn­ing.

“This is not magic,” he said. “It is sci­ence.”

Quiet reigned when the big thinker added a safety mes­sage to his pre­sen­ta­tion

He en­cour­aged the kids never to play with matches or try to light a fire with­out adult su­per­vi­sion.

Then, he asked an­other vol­un­teer to as­sist in a sci­en­tific way to ex­tin­guish the flame of a lighted can­dle with a de­vice he iden­ti­fied as a way to change air pres­sure.

The pro­gram was pre­sented as part of the li­brary’s sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties. Barry Ste­wart Mann pup­pet show is sched­uled on July 14.

Oth­ers held dur­ing the se­ries in­clude Lee Bryan That Pup­pet Guy, Bruce Ber­stein Mu­sic is Magic, Ja­son South­ern Rep­tile Res­cue and Rome Pup­peteers.

The pub­lic is wel­come to visit the li­brary dur­ing reg­u­lar hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day to Thurs­day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri­day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day. The fa­cil­ity is closed on Sun­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the read­ing pro­gram or other ac­tiv­i­ties at the li­brary, call 770748-5644.

Pho­tos: Agnes Hagin/SJ

Vol­un­teers help with how to think big dur­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at the Cedar­town Li­brary.

Chil­dren, left, are watch­ing sci­en­tific demon­stra­tion about air cur­rents pre­sented by Keith, a big thinker.

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