Snow in a microwave, Rudolph's blue nose to be explained at 2nd Science Showcase

"It's a good break from Christmas shopping," Dr. Paul Adams, Anschutz professor of education at Fort Hays State University, said about the Second Annual Christmas Science Show.

The Science Show, presented by the FHSU National Science Teacher Association, begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Tomanek Hall, room 106.

Guests of all ages will be shown scientific experiments that debunk some of Christmas's greatest mysteries and showcase the holiday's magic.

" We have why Rudolph should have a blue nose instead of red," Adams said. "It deals with trying to explain the Doppler Effect."

A liquid parfait experiment looks at different layers and densities of Christmas-colored household liquids. Some others will deal with how to make snow in a microwave, an iodine clock and how to shrink toys with liquid nitrogen.

" That's how Santa gets all the toys into his bag; he uses liquid nitrogen to shrink them down," said Melodie Bock, Cawker City senior and a performer in the show.

" We're using the book The Polar Express to model the ideas for our nine science demonstrations," Bock said. The book will also be read during the showcase.

Following the 45-minute presentation is a reception in the Plymouth Schoolhouse, located on the FHSU campus. Refreshments and Santa kaleidoscopes will be provided.

The group is also presenting the Christmas Science Show on Dec. 2 to residents at CedarView Assisted Living, 2929 Sternberg Drive.

After the National Science Teacher Association was formed last year, Adams and the students tried to find ways to provide the community with a creative scientific outlet.

" We did this because we wanted to use science in a unique and creative way," Adams said. "We're excited in the science around us and this is a fun way to share it."

For more information, contact Adams at (785) 628-4538 or at, or Bock at (785) 628-6065 or at

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