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2011

Museum Exhibit Introduces Kids to Oobleck, Materials Science

By Chris Stover


This story originally appeared in CBS-19.

Kids on the Downtown Mall got messy Saturday with some hands-on learning.

A group of students in the University of Virginia's materials science program are raising awareness of their field, putting on interactive lessons for kids at the Virginia Discovery Museum.

Exhibits include shape-memory polymers and hydrophobic sand (in terms kids can understand, of course).

The exhibit is part of a grant from PBS and its new series called Making Stuff. The goal is to get kids excited about science.

"It's just great for kids to get exposure to science at an early age," Ph.D. candidate Chris Petz said. "We hope we can try to encourage kids to ask more questions and study this in school later on."

One of the popular attractions at the museum was Oobleck, a substance made of water and corn starch that has properties of both a liquid and a solid.

The exhibit continues Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2011