Tim Collins, aka Professor Tim, is a professional
actor who travels the country giving over fifty science programs
during the summer. “The rest of the year, I present one-man shows
for kindergarten through college about topics like bullying and
violence prevention,” he said.
Thursday morning, his science demonstration led his young readers
through chemical reactions, the properties of sound waves, and
electricity. He not only showed examples of each, but asked his
audience to create a hypothesis about how they worked. “Tell me how
something so strange as changing water into a solid works,” he asked
after he actually did it. He then prompted each volunteer with a
series of questions that lead them to a hypothesis and finally the
By the end, the kids knew not only about the subjects, but also how
to think about a problem, create a hypothesis, and reason to solve
it. He even had parents in the back shouting out their theories.
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Professor Tim created a science show with laughter and
enthusiasm. Isn’t that the best way to learn!
The last program in the Thursday morning entertainment series at the Lincoln
Public Library summer reading program is Thursday, July 25 with magic on the
Miss Tegan reminded everyone that their reading logs are due no later than July
26. Each participant will get a one-of-a-kind Lincoln Public Library Summer
Reading Program T-shirt.