Dr. Quinton Quark, Slapstick Scientist, Comes to Fisher Elementary
Renowned Slapstick Scientist Dr. Quinton Quark visited with the future scientists in grades Kindergarten through five at Fisher Elementary School recently, to discuss solids, liquids, gases and their chemical reactions, as well as the chemical foundations of fire, so they can better understand and control fire in real-life situations.
Dr. Quark is the alter ego of Ted Lawrence, a veteran science teacher and circus performer who works to promote science literacy.
“I get the most satisfaction from teaching when the kids learn by asking their own questions and finding their own answers”, says Lawrence.
“When I was a full-time teacher I’d get spectacular ideas for demonstrations but no opportunity to develop them. Now, it’s my full time job, and I love it.”
First Grader Ethan Barlow got to assist Slapstick Scientist Dr. Quinton Quark, in an expiriment with acetone – commonly known as nail polish remover – and polystyrene foam packing peanuts.
Ethan was chosen as Dr. Quark’s helper, because he answered “Everything!” when asked what is made from chemicals.