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Kids Go 'Mad' for Science at Harrison Library

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison children went “mad” for science Wednesday afternoon as “Rocket” Ron Sosinski entertained and educated the youngsters at the Harrison Public Library.

Mad Science of Westchester & Manhattan is a program designed to show kids the basics of science through household items such as dish soap, all the while “sparking imaginative learning” as their slogan says.

Sosinski, a program specialist with Mad Science of Westchester & Manhattan, said that it is one thing to teach kids science in a classroom setting, but the program his company offers brings education and fun to an entirely new level. The show contains everything from dry ice demonstrations dealing with matter and molecules to delving into chemical cooling changes.

“We try to show kids how things physically work,” Sosinski said. “Science is everywhere including in their schools and homes. This program helps them realize that.”

Sosinski, a 2005 graduate of SUNY Purchase, was involved in media studies in college and had no thoughts of going into science professionally, but when he found the program in 2004, he knew it was him. Now having performed with the program for seven years, Sosinski has a new appreciation for a career path he once didn’t see himself going down.

“Our staff is told that they don’t need to know science by the book but need to know the basics and more importantly know how to entertain children,” Sosinski said. “These kids come out to learn and wind up having the best time. As an entertainer I try to keep the show as silly and interactive as possible.”

Sosinski and Mad Science have been in Harrison before. According to Sosinski, the group has been everywhere from private homes for parties to school auditoriums to the Solazzo Recreation Center.

“The kids are just interested and have big smiles on their faces,” Sosinski said. “Many of them don’t realize that they are even learning. They always ask millions of questions after the show.”

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