BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School was treated to an assembly on Friday, March 28 thanks to the Hughes PTO Cultural Arts committee, which brought in Dr. Quinton Quark's Slapstick Science for two grade-specific performances.
Armed with the strength of new knowledge about physics and simple machines, fifth-grader Nicole Emma was able to lift a 200-pound man 14 feet off the floor.
When asked why this particular presentation was chosen, Dr. Kristin Hager [PTO Cultural Art committee member, parent of a 2nd grader, and STEM consultant for Nick Jr.] replied, “Science is fun. What I like about Dr. Quark is that he engages students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using the power of scientific inquiry and a clown college degree. Student volunteers like Emma, demonstrated that engineering is all about using an understanding of physics to come up with creative solutions to practical problems.”
Hughes principal Jessica Nardi joined the volunteers in using her brain and brawn to catapult a clown punching bag 12 feet into the air using the help of simple machines such as a pulley and lever.
The Hughes students were educated, amazed, amused, and awed by the show “Much work with little effort” by Slapstick Science.