Curiosity May Have Killed the Cat, But It Got a Light Show Named After Max
Why? Why? Why?
Spend longer than a few minutes with my oldest son and you're likely to hear this question enough times to make your head spin. Max has always been an inquisitive child, never really outgrowing the "Why Phase." He has such a curious mind, well-suited for the science experiments he loves so much and his rapid fire of questions doesn't stop with why. Who, what, when, where and how are common co-stars as well. Conversations with Max oftentimes resemble a game of 20 Questions.
Max has never been shy about asking questions of the experts either. During the Q/A session of Lunch with an Astronaut at Space Center Houston, Max asked, "Why do some space suits have red lines at the knees and others don't?" And for the firefighter at the library, "Why are some fire extinguishers on the truck red and others silver?"
At a science show at a local museum's Homeschool Day, scientist Daniel G. Benes demonstrated to the audience what happens when you shine a UV laser beam sideways through a flask of liquid. The flask sat on an RT-Elite Stirring Hot Plate (I looked that up so I could sound cool) that created a vortex within the flask. The vortex bends-sorry-refracts the beam causing a pretty cool light saber effect. We stuck around after the show to check out some of the equipment used for the presentation and when I asked Mr. Benes what was used to make the liquid vortex green, Max followed up with a question of his own, "What does it look like if you shine the light through the opening at the top?"
I think we both expected Mr. Benes to launch into a scientific explanation of what would happen, but do you know what his response was? He didn't know! He'd never done it before! So, off went the stopper and on came the flashlight and soon student AND scientist were marveling at the effects of the light's new angle of origin. Mr. Benes enjoyed the display the light created so much ("That's super, epically cool!") that he said he would name the new light show, "Max's Light Show!" Just a few days earlier Max had asked me how Halley's comet got its name to which I responded, "A lot of times things are named for the people that discover or invent them." And just like that--you've left your mark on the world, kiddo!
They say curiosity killed the cat. I wonder what that cat
was looking at, and was it as interesting as this?
~Sheena Hutchinson, Discovering April
*For more information on how you can book a Daniel G. Benes Science show visit his website or Facebook page! He was great! The boys sat perfectly still and totally memorized for the entire 75 minute show!*
**During space walks, done in teams of two, one astronaut utilizes a suit with a red strip around each knee and the other astronaut a suit without. It's so you can tell who is who!**
***Red fire extinguishers (probably what we are all used to seeing) are full of firefighting chemicals. Silver fire extinguishes simply contain pressurized water and can be used to fight smaller fires (often in kitchens) in an effort to minimize expensive water damage and avoid chemicals.***