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Secrest Arboretum to Host 'Whiz Bang Science Show' June 11

June 4, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio € Secrest Arboretum will host a free “Whiz Bang Science Show for children and families on Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m.


“Dr. Dave Lohnes of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), a favorite of kids who has done some 100 shows like it for more than 10,000 people since 2003, will lead it.

Im going to talk about buoyancy, he said “hot-air balloons, lighter-than-air balloons, maybe even crush a 55-gallon drum, and maybe an explosion or two.

Lohnes, who holds a doctorate in plant genetics, specializes in taking complex scientific concepts and explaining them in a simple, entertaining way.

“When Dr. Dave covers the audience in toilet paper to help teach them about flight, his promotional material notes, “they really start to get excited.

Math, history and geography too are woven into the show, which touches on a range of Ohio Teaching Standards and is strong in the Physical Science Indicators of the Ohio Academic Content Standards.

Meet in the John Streeter Garden Amphitheater in Secrest Arboretum at OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.

Call (330) 263-3761 for more information.

The show will be canceled in case of bad weather.

Shows are scheduled on July 9 and Aug. 13 as well.

OARDC ( is the research arm of Ohio State Universitys College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is the largest university agbioscience research center in the nation.

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Kurt Knebusch
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