“The Kinetic King” Explodes Science with Local Students

By Max Resnik

October 5, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Students from Angola Middle School joined “America’s Got Talent” contestant Tim “The Kinetic King” Fort for some hands-on science experiments at Ivy Tech’s Student Life Center.

In front of approximately 200 students, Fort performed two small scale chain reaction gadgets used to explain how energy shifts from potential energy to kinetic energy. The popsicle stick-laden explosions were replicas of the world record breaking explosions he demonstrated for international audiences on the television show, “America’s Got Talent.”

Fort says nerds need to be embraced, and science is fun. He says it is time that the US recaptures its love for science in order to be better global competitors.

“I really think science education is extremely important if we want to be competitive against China and India in the 21st century, and we really need to get kids enthused about science,” says Fort.

Fort says he hopes his demonstrations will get children to see that science is about more than calculating numbers.

“If kids can see that science is more than a bunch of mathematical formulae, and that it’s actually fun stuff as well and you get to blow up stuff, especially if you go into engineering—like aerospace engineering or something like that. And blowing up stuff is always cool.”

One of the Angola Middle School students who got to witness the chain reaction gadgets was 13-year-old Robbie Vorderman. Vorderman, whose favorite subject is science and is an aspiring IT professional, says Friday’s demonstration was an exciting way to learn about science.

“It’s something that you can watch, and usually sitting in a classroom’s really boring, so it’s fun to see things explode.”

Vorderman hopes his peers appreciated the science amid the fun because their generation has the opportunity to improve their communities.

“They can learn about like how to help the community and everything like making more efficient cars and efficient power supplies.”

Beginning at noon, Fort will create a chain reaction gadget at Glenbrook Square Mall that will take close to seven hours to construct. It comes complete with 2,000 rubber bands, 400 rulers, 200 dominoes and 200 popsicle sticks. He will launch the gadget at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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