Jumping to the sounds of LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" Wednesday afternoon, Carroll Lutheran School students cheered as entertainer Eric Krupkin blew dry-ice fog rings over their heads in the gymnasium.
Krupkin, the headliner of the educational science show "Eric Energy," was very interactive while teaching students about the science of wind, air, light and sound.
"It was so fun. I learned you have to use a lot of air to make something move but it's so easy," said kindergartner Savannah Smith.
Carroll Lutheran administrator Karen Ganjon said Krupkin's show is considered an in-house field trip. The Westminster school's Family Partnership Program found Krupkin while searching for new ways to engage students. Ganjon said the school's teachers will follow up on Krupkin's experiments in the classroom.
"The hope is that when kids get to these units in science, this will provide a common experience they can all relate to," Ganjon said. "It's also just plain fun."
Krupkin, of Ellicott City, explained that he comes from a family of teachers. While living in southern Florida, he worked at the educational toy store Zany Brainy demonstrating their products. The company relocated him to Maryland and he began performing educational shows as Eric Energy in his spare time.
In 2010, Krupkin began performing full-time.
"The trick is to present it in a fun and entertaining way," Krupkin said. "It proves that if you know what you're good at and you work hard, anything is possible."
Fifth-grade teacher Penny Segessenman said she was pleased to see Krupkin teaching about different types of energy because her class does an environmental science unit.
"Anything that gets kids excited is a good thing," Segessenman said.
Fourth-grader Jackson Johansen volunteered to help Krupkin demonstrate the energy of air by using a leaf blower to hold a rubber ball aloft.
"It was cool to see the ball flying in front of you," Jackson said. "I liked making people laugh while they learned."
Family Partnership Program member Kristy Dean lauded Krupkin for keeping the students engaged throughout the program.
"He kept it at a level they could understand," Dean said.
Krupkin darkened the gym to show the older students the magic of lasers. He explained that laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and performed a light show to demonstrate how laser light bounces off dry-ice fog.
Sixth-grader Jesse Clayton said the show helped him understand the power of lasers.
"It's really cool. No matter what you do, they'll stay their original color," Jesse said.
Eighth-grader Grant DeVivo said the show was great.
"A lot of the things were reminders from previous classes but it was a blast," Grant said.
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