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Children get involved in wacky science experiments



Children in Wausau time traveled Back to the Future to learn about science.

Fire, balloons, and a bunny rabbit were just a few components of the science experiments children got to see at the Marathon County Public Library's Weird Science Show.

"I came up with the idea a couple years ago," said Ron Lindberg, the performer of the show. "I'm a big fan of the movie Back to the Future, and I do an impersonation of Doc Brown, "One point twenty-one gigawatts, Marty!""

Doc Ron puts his love of science and education together for his show. He uses balloons to show how heat contracts and expands, and fire to change sugar into energy. His act includes a spiral image, a catapult, and a furry bunny rabbit.

"I liked when the bunny hopped right out of the pan and it was on fire," said Kyden Dammann, a student at Trinity Lutheran School. "That was my best favorite part."

"They get science at school, but sometimes schoools might not be able to present in a fun way, a wacky way that I do," said Lindberg. "So many times now adays kids are addicted to Play Stations, video games, and TV, and so having them actually watch a live performance is I think beneficial to them."

Although students are on summer vacation, all these experiments really had them thinking.

"Science can't be a small thing," said Aela Lutterman, another student from Trinity Lutheran School. "Small science is only what you think."

But there is one message Doc Ron cares about most. "Just that science is fun and cool," he said. "I mean you have The Big Bang Theory everyone knows that is cool now adays. I want kids to keep the burning question in their mind, Why? Why did that work, why did it light on fire? Hopefully I'll be able to influence some of them to go on and do some experiments when they get a little bit older."

If you want to learn more about the science experiments or the fluffy bunny rabbit, you can visit the Weird Science Show's Facebook page at

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