“Tina (Evans) had actually seen Jason Lindsey at an event last spring, and proposed to the PTA that we bring him in for a day with our students,” said Cammie Evans, president of the Trigg County Primary/Intermediate School Parent/Teacher Association, which sponsored the event.
Tina Evans, who is on the Intermediate School’s Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) council, said he showed the kids all sorts of science demonstrations, including experiments in electricity.
He also took a trashcan with a hole in the bottom, covered the top and banged on the top to have air come out to demonstrate the power of wind. Another demonstration had him blowing toilet paper with a leaf blower.
Still another demonstration had Lindsey dropping Alka Seltzer tablets into a heated lava lamp.
Tina Evans said that when she and her daughter saw Lindsey perform in Paducah in the spring, she knew she wanted him to talk to Trigg County kids.
“He was at a forum in Paducah to encourage girls to get into science,” said Tina Evans, who also said that she was impressed with Lindsey’s talent for crowd control, as he was able to get the kids excited and was then also able to rein them back in.
“He does a very good job of getting the kids excited about science,” said Tina Evans. “It’s really neat that he comes to schools to get kids fired up.”
According to the web site “Hooked on Science,” Lindsey studied science and journalism at Western Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, adding that Lindsey “has worked diligently for more than 10 years to take science beyond the classroom window.”
Jason now produces a science segment called “Hooked on Science,” the web site stated.
Every year Lindsey performs hands-on science experiments at schools and community events throughout southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri. Before said hands-on performances, Lindsey worked as a meteorologist, backpack journalist, science reporter, and webmaster at WKAG-TV, WBKO-TV, KGWN-TV, and KFVS-TV, said the web site, which can be accessed at http://www.hookedonscience.org.