Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 16:45:26 -0800
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From: L M <bt_quant**At_Symbol_Here**YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: Class demo - whoa!
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As a retired teacher, I find this thread very interesting and very much on target. A number of years ago I was impressed by a presentation by Rubin Battino in NYC. One of his major points was to impress us as teachers an students in general is the difference between Magic and Science. . . .A magician uses science to "fool" the audience and keep the "tricks" secret. A science teacher may do "magic tricks" to illuminate the science that underlies them.

ILPI  wrote:
I am all for outreach programs, but I am dismayed that the teacher
saw fit to teach young kids that chemistry is "Talking about fire and
about things that blow up."

I've done these demos at elementary schools. Before I did my last
one, I told the kids that I am a chemist and I asked them what

Lew Malchick

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