Joe a big hit at Lincoln Public Library summer program
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[July 12, 2014]
LINCOLN - To say that Nitro Joe rocked
the house at the Lincoln Public Library summer reading program
Thursday morning is an understatement. After being introduced by
library Youth Services director Melissa Oxborrow, Nitro Joe launched
into the science show that lived up to his name. As he said “I want
to present a show that is bigger, louder, faster, and more exciting.
I’m not just an ordinary Joe, I’m Nitro Joe!”
Joseph Higgs and his alter ego Nitro Joe travel
throughout the Midwest from his home in St. Louis. He has been doing
his science show for 12 years, and expects to give at least 150
shows this year, thrilling an estimated 10,000 kids. He traveled to
Lincoln from a six show engagement in Paducah, Kentucky and had two
more performances to do after leaving Lincoln.
Higgs calls himself an “edu-tainer” and his educational background
in musical theater and a natural love of science has created a fast
paced show that creates an exciting atmosphere for his young
audience. “While some of my show may look spontaneous, it is all
closely scripted,” he said.
During the show he used volunteers to assist him onstage, but also
took his demonstrations into the audience.
Nitro Joe has crafted three science shows. The one he gave in
Lincoln was called “It’s a Gas.”
Using common household items such as aluminum foil, he demonstrated
how mixing different substances together can create a new one that
has entirely new properties. With the foil and an added chemical he
created hydrogen gas and ended the demo with a flash and a bang. He
also used dry ice to demonstrate how extreme cold can affect common
items such as bananas and baby shampoo.
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While his show was all about science
demonstrations, he also stressed safety to his young audience.
“Never mix random items together that you find at home, because
the result could be dangerous,” he said. He also led his
audience in repeating the safety warning label on the dry ice
package. “I have been doing this show for a long time, longer
than you all have been alive, and I know what I’m doing. I want
you all to be safe,” he said.
The Lincoln Public Library summer reading program Thursday
morning entertainment continues next week with Silly Safari.
Those planning to attend can call the library at 732-5732 at
least one week (call now), before the presentation to register.
[By CURT FOX]