Patients experiment with Mad Science

Patients experiment with Mad Science

Barrett Huddleston with Mad Science performed several experiments for the patients. Huddleston used dry ice, hair dryers and balloons to demonstrate several science topics, including air pressure. Mallory Walther is a special education teacher at the Hospital. She says working with Mad Science was a great learning opportunity. “It was really cool to teach those things to the patients because we don’t often get to play with dry ice or hairdryers in the classroom.”

Walther says the education department at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is always looking for creative ways to encourage learning. “Our patients don’t get to leave the Hospital too often because of illnesses in the community, especially during this time of year with flu season and RSV season. Since our patients are unable to travel, we try to bring activities to them, so this was a chance for the patients to get to explore science here at the Hospital.”

“I had a blast. My favorite part about doing Mad Science is the responses I get from students that wouldn’t otherwise think that science is particularly fun or exciting,” says Huddleston. “If you can plant that seed while children are young that science can be fun and science can be something you can enjoy, instead of having to dread, I think it does a lot for not only education, but for the United States overall.”

Walther says not only did the patients have a lot fun, but they also got to learn a lot about science. “They loved it. They got to pop the bubbles that came from the dry ice. I think the kids really enjoyed it. There was a lot of laughter and smiles around the room,” says Walther. “It was really neat seeing them get to have that real-life experience with science. You can read it in a text book or watch a video, but getting to touch and experience it makes things come to life.”

Walther says education is a top priority for patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our patients have education five days a week, just like children who are in the public school system,” says Walther. “During our lesson today they were working on responding to different auditory sounds and visual cues, so we got to work on some education goals during our experiments.”

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