Mr. Molecule Touts Science
NEW BREMEN — With an encouraging message to dream big, Mr. Molecule visited the New Bremen Public Library Monday afternoon to entertain a group of area children.
After a comical introduction with the help of an audience member, Mr. Molecule spoke to the children about their imaginations.
“Scientists have discovered that kids who read a lot have good imaginations,” Mr. Molecule told the children.
To test their imaginations, Mr. Molecule had each of the children hold out their right hand and toss an imaginary orange to their left hand and back again to their right. He and the children then pretended to hold an ugly spider in their hand before Mr. Molecule displayed a pretend pitcher of milk, which magically filled a cup. When he and the children pretended to drink the milk through a straw, the milk magically disappeared.
For his next experiment, Mr. Molecule invited an audience member up and had him stick a spoon to his nose.
“Let’s talk about the magic behind that,” Mr. Molecule said to the children.
“It’s called static electricity, and it’s everywhere.”
He revealed a balloon that he rubbed on his volunteer’s head before placing seven spoons across the volunteer’s arms and face.
Mr. Molecule’s next experiment focused on dreams.
“Boys and girls, dreams are very, very powerful,” Mr. Molecule said. “We’re going to find out today who dreams in color and who dreams in black and white.”
For his experiment, Mr. Molecule invited a boy and a girl from the audience to help him, having them each place a handkerchief under their hat.
After transporting the handkerchiefs to the opposite hats and back again, Mr. Molecule had the two volunteers pull their handkerchiefs from their hats, revealing a dream they both had.
The boy’s handkerchief revealed he wanted to be “the strongest boy in the world,” while the girl’s revealed she wanted to be a dancer.
“When I was your age, I read a book from the library about science and I read a book about magic, and here I am, 30 years later doing a science and magic show,” Mr. Molecule said.
Puzzles, he said, were the subject of the hardest book he has ever read.
“The hardest book I’ve ever read wasn’t about chemistry,” he said. “The hardest book I’ve ever read was a book about games and puzzles.”
Mr. Molecule reached into his box and pulled out a Rubik’s cube, asking the children if they knew what it was.
“I think this game is meant to make your head explode,” he said.
He asked the audience to help his solve the puzzle by saying, “I’m a genius,” and he placed the cube into a box.
With the help of the audience, Mr. Molecule revealed the solved Rubik’s cube to the delight of the children.
While staying up late at night can be fun, Mr. Molecule said, it is not always advisable.
“The real reason you shouldn’t stay up late is because you’ll have a weird dream, like me,” he said.
After inviting up another audience volunteer, Mr. Molecule showed the audience a picture of a chicken, the subject of his weird dreams.
He placed the picture among a group of several pictures, all of which were of chickens, and told his volunteer to choose a card.
If her card matched the one he had, she was a winner, he said.
“Does the thing you dream about have wings,” he asked the volunteer, to which she answered, “yes.”
He also asked her if the subject of her picture laid eggs, and after double-checking her picture, the volunteer answered no, showing the audience her picture of an airplane. Mr. Molecule turned his picture over to also reveal an airplane.
“The most popular dream that everyone dreams is about flying,” he said.
Mr. Molecule finished his show with a visit with Space Rat and a review of the planets with the audience.
For a complete list of events at the New Bremen Public Library, visit Auglaize.oplin.org.