Mad Scientist Andrea Cook stopped by the Taylor Public Library on Wednesday, July 3, and made experiments with the audience.
Cook hosts shows about science experiments for the company Mad Science, an Austin and San Antonio-based science display program that children can watch to learn while having fun. Cook said that’s her favorite part about what she does.
“I really enjoy it,” she said. “When the kids have fun I have fun.”
The energy that goes into being a mad scientist can be overwhelming, but Cook’s supply of energy comes from seeing the children have fun. Her personal love for science comes from when she was child. Originally, she wanted to be a teacher.
“I loved chemistry. I wanted to be a schoolteacher and I studied at Indiana University at to study to become one. Then I worked at a YMCA in Austin and Mad Science did a presentation there, so I contacted them,” she said.
Marbles of Motion was the show she put on at the Taylor library, which taught the children about the law of motion and forces. Some days are easier than others, and there are days where Cook has a slow start setting up. But the rush of the show gives her the push she needs.
“My adrenaline is natural because it come from seeing the kids so excited,” she said. “I really love teaching kids, because I thought science was fun, it was more than a subject to learn in school.”
Cook is in her 18th year of working with Mad Science, and hopes the children cultivate a curiosity to learn more about science and love it on their own.
Next Wednesday, the library will host a performance by musician Mr. Will Dupuy.