Whenever I have a problem connecting our TV to our video recorder to our DVD player to our Wii box, I try to figure it out myself. My strategy is to keep plugging jacks into holes until the device I’m interested in works. It’s a little like giving a monkey a word processor and hoping it will accidentally type a best seller. Sometimes I get lucky and plug every jack in the right hole, but more often than not my frustration builds to the breaking point.
Then I switch not to plan B but to Plan L. Leo, my next-door neighbor, is not only very bright, he is also a doctor of electrical engineering. In no time, he has all the jacks in their places, and everything is working properly. He uses his knowledge of science to solve the quandary.
However, there is one problem Leo has not been able to solve. No matter how many times he tries, he cannot make scramble as good as my wife, Bonnie’s.
Leo has tried to solve this cooking conundrum by using a scientific approach. He changed his ingredients, tinkered with the oven setting, mixed it more often, double-checked Bonnie’s recipe, but his Chex-mix just never tasted quite as good. Finally, after a two family conference, it was decided that Bonnie’s pan, which has been seasoned over many decades, was the difference. Plus, it seems that cooking may be more art than science.
A place where science rules will be the St. Joe County Public Library from January 22 – February 1. Our 21st annual Science Alive will take place with events happening at all branches. The grand finale will be Feb. 1 when 34 exhibits will be on display throughout the Main Branch. Robots, reptiles, honey bees, model airplanes, chemistry experiments and much more will be involved. Exhibitors include HealthWorks, Notre Dame, Fernwood, IU, Ivy Tech, Potawatomi Zoo, The St. Joseph County Police Department, the South Bend Chocolate Company and many many others.
If you have been to previous Science Alives, I won’t need to persuade you to come to this one. If you’ve never been, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.