- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)44
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
The trends are all around us: American students are being bested by students around the world when it comes to science and math. What to do?
One man in Cape Girardeau isn't satisfied with doing nothing. Jason Lindsey, a meteorologist at KFVS12, hopes his efforts will raise interest in science. Lindsey also hosts the station's Heartland Science Lab with students participating in experiments that are fun. And sometimes messy.
Thanks to Lindsey, Oct. 3 was designated as Science Day in Southeast Missouri. The big event was an attempt to break the world's record for the most Mentos fountains launched at one time, A thousand youngsters showed up to pop Mentos mints into bottles of diet soda, causing them to erupt into geysers spraying several feet into the air.
Will spraying yourself with sticky soda cure cancer? No. But out of those thousand youngsters there might be some who will think about science as a career path. Who knows how many of them will make a significant contribution to our future scientific knowledge?
Any effort to encourage children to learn is a noble one, and Jason Lindsey is to be commended for his efforts.