TEWKSBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS LEARN THE PHYSICS OF FLIGHT FROM A CLOWN OF A TEACHER
Tewksbury Elementary School (TES) students were treated to a special science presentation by the internationally recognized guest lecturer Ted Lawrence on Thursday, November 17 in the school’s gymnasium. Lawrence — who has performed his science literacy programs at the White House and in schools throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Russia — conducted two assemblies at TES in his high energy, madcap scientist stage persona of “Dr. Quinton Quark.”
“Kids learn better when they’re laughing,” said Lawrence, a veteran high school science teacher and former circus performer who graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1986.
“Dr. Quentin Quark Presents… Flight!,” which was funded by the Tewksbury Education Foundation (TEF), engaged students with humor and hands-on demonstrations on the physics of flight, including lessons on Bernoulli’s Principles of Flight, the history of the Wright Brother’s first manned flight, airfoil, air pressure and the forces of lift, thrust and drag.
“You would have to be a dummy to fly in something you built yourself, right?” Lawrence asked students following a short, animated lecture on some of the failed early attempts at flight. “Well guess what? I brought a dummy.”
To the delight of the entire assembly, Lawrence produced a life-sized “dummy” of Dr. Quark, affixed a parachute to it and proceeded to fly it across the length of the entire gymnasium with the help of a simple rope pulley.
“What an incredibly powerful educational tool this is,” said Lawrence. “I just taught these little kids Bernoulli’s Theory [of flight]. It would have taken me a week to teach high schoolers Bernoulli’s Theory.”
“Dr. Quentin Quark Presents… Flight!,” as all programs brought to Tewksbury Schools by the TEF, directly complied with state and District core curriculum standards. Information on the TEF and its programs can be found at www.tewksburytef.org.
PHOTO ID: Ted Lawrence as Dr. Quark demonstrating the principles of flight with a “dummy” Dr. Quark at one of two special assemblies in the gymnasium of Tewksbury Elementary School on November 17.
PHOTO CREDIT INFORMATION: Photo was taken by Michelle Regan/TEF who grants permission to use with or without photo credit given.