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KEITH TREHY, a.k.a., "Bond, Chemical Bond," of the Mad Science Group

KEITH TREHY, a.k.a., "Bond, Chemical Bond," of the Mad Science Group

Who's your greatest inspiration as a mad scientist? That would have to be Antoine Lavoisier. He's considered to be the father of chemistry, who was also a tax collector and, sadly enough, was beheaded in the French Revolution. His career was cut short, to say the least.

Define "mad scientist"? It's a scientist whose job it is to show kids that science is cool, fun and easy. It's not just for geeks anymore.

What methods do you use to convey that? We show them that science is everywhere—in the most unsuspecting places.

Like where? There's great science in cotton candy. There's centrifugal force because the sugar is spun. There's the fact that it's 95 percent air and only 5 percent sugar, and the kids love to make and eat it.

What's your greatest joy in teaching science like this? Probably having the kids go home and tell their parents they made polyvinyl alcohol at school, which is commonly known as slime. Parents just love to have their little ones talking about sublimation and chemical reactions.

Is methane the funniest gas? We don't use it in the shows because it's so volatile.

How would one find a mad scientist? In the phonebook—under "Mad Science."

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