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Editorial: Lindsey's science

Friday, October 12, 2007

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.

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Way to go Jason! Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 6:49 AM

I enjoy catching his science show on tv. He makes science fun. I wonder if he missed his true calling of maybe being a teacher. I wished there was someone around like Lindsey when I was a kid, the Mentos deal in the park sounded like a lot of fun. I look forward to more "neat, cool" things like this.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 7:26 AM

I live out of town, but would have gladly driven to Cape so that my son could participate in this event and others like it. He loves science, but no opportunities like the one above is offered where we live. Can we find out in advance about other science events for kids so that we can plan to drive down and attend?

Thanks! and keep up the good work Jason!

-- Posted by AlwaysHelping on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 9:04 AM

Jason Lindsey has also done a lot of science experiments for students at local schools, neighborhood programs and special events. Southeast Missouri is so lucky to have someone with his passion for science and heart for youth!

-- Posted by little lamb on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 10:49 AM

i heard jason is looking for a job

-- Posted by insider63785 on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 9:27 PM

Why do you say that longtime_cape_resident?

-- Posted by AtheneBelle on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 5:13 PM

The rumor is going around that Jason is out at KFVS due to personality conflicts. I hope it is not true.

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 7:17 PM

Please show respect to my family and me and STOP posting comments that are ONLY rumors.


Jason Lindsey

-- Posted by Jason Lindsey on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 8:16 PM

I'm an educator and have worked with Jason on many occasions. I am so pleased with his efforts to encourage children (and parents!) to gain more interest in science. My students have definitely benefited as a result of his work. Thanks, Jason, for helping get my students "hooked on science".

-- Posted by Mr.G on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 6:31 PM

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