WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Children gasped in awe and delight as fire shot across the room in the White Plains Library on Wednesday.
It was all part of a controlled experiment put on by the Sciencetellers – a New Jersey-based children’s entertainment group that specializes in educational storytelling.
Around 125 local parents and children gathered at the White Plains Library for the hour-long performance to hear the story of the Bugs of Blackwood, which follows a bug named Ben through a treacherous journey – punctuated by lessons on chemistry and matter.
The children ranged in age from five to twelve- and even as young as two. The storyteller, clothed in a rainbow tie-dye lab coat, pulled child after child onto the stage to participate in different experiments including potato cannons, bubble machines and neon silly putty.
Most remarkable was the flaming powder, otherwise known as lycopodium powder, which can be briefly ignited upon exposure to oxygen.
The ringleader and dynamic storyteller was 31-year-old Jason Vance, whose energy and enthusiasm entertained the children and parents alike.
“I’ve loved performing all my life, and I joined the Sciencetellers about a year ago,” he said.
After the show, the children crowded around him for photos, autographs and further explanations of the experiments they had seen.
Barbara Sincerveaux, a mother of two from White Plains, said she and her sons: Alec, 7, and Charlie, 3, enjoyed the show and found it very educational.
Alec said his favorite experiment was making neon slime, and that the story helped him learn about science while having lots of fun.
For more information about how to bring the Sciencetellers to your town, check out their website at www.sciencetellers.com
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