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'Wizards' will entertain, educate

The April 6 Woodbury Community Expo will showcase the "fun of science."

The 3M Visiting Wizards will give science-related demonstrations from noon-12:45 p.m. on the main stage.

The 3M Visiting Wizards is a science enrichment program that encourages young people to become interested in science and technology by providing interesting educational demonstrations and hands-on experiments on a variety of science topics.

"We want to get kids interested in science - science is fun," said Jeff Payne, an advance research specialist with 3M. "We need kids coming up through the school system who are interested in science."

Heidi Hickey, member services director for the Woodbury Chamber Commerce and Woodbury Community Expo coordinator, said having science-related entertainment is a great addition to the Expo.

"The bubble itself is science, isn't it," she said referring to the Bielenberg Sports Center's inflatable dome. "Bringing education is a big piece."

Payne, along with other "wizards," will perform two or three science experiments during the Expo that address a number of science topics including air and vacuum, chemistry and the science of sound.

"We'll show what happens when you move the air and demonstrate changing vibrations," Payne said, "and we'll throw in a few chemistry demos just for fun."

Even though the 3M Visiting Wizards use a lot of hands-on experiments, and a few children will be able to come up on stage and help at the Expo.

Payne said he hopes the 3M Visiting Wizards' demonstrations help dispel some of the myths associated with science.

"Science kind of has this reputation of being really hard and really difficult and it's not," he said. "But, you do have to work at it. We want to try and quell that idea that you have to be a genius to do science - you can look just like the guy next door."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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