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Going mad for science

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

Northumberland’s three-party effort for kids during the summer finished up Monday with “Mad Science.”

The program was one of a series the county’s library, schools and the Y have cooperated on to bring them to Heathsville.

Monday’s program at the Heathsville Y had more youngsters than anticipated, about 100, because the power was out at the Richmond County venue and kids who had expected to attend the program there were bussed to Heathsville to see it.

“Atomic Alli” presented the show. Atomic Alli, actually Alli Nelson from Richmond, said she has been presenting the Mad Science show for 10 years. Mad Science is a world wide effort to introduce youngsters to science in amn interesting way, Nelson said.

Nelson recalled that she never enjoyed science as a student and it wasn’t until later in life that she realized she actually loved it but didn’t realize the things that interested her actually were scientific things.

Noting that science can’t be enjoyed out of books, Nelson said she wants the youngsters to “touch, feel and hear it;” to have fun. “I want them to get what I didn’t get,” she said.

Read the full story in the July 26 edition of the Northumberland Echo