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Our Club, and the Staff of Wildflower Country Club, were treated to another entertaining presentation by Rotarian Shawn Hunt’s father. For those of you who were continuing to enjoy the Christmas Holidays with your family (as I was in Houston), the picture to the left is not of Dr. Hunt. It is a picture of the 1950’s and 60’s TV scientist Don Herbert, more commonly known as Mr. Wizard. This picture was one of the first things that came to my mind as I listened to Shawn detail several of the experiments performed last week.


Dr. Hunt began by getting everyone on their feet and out of their comfort zone. This was going to be an interactive presentation. Three glasses of water were placed on a table in a triangle along with three table knives. Rotarians were asked to place the three knives in a manner that a fourth glass could be supported. The answer (interlocking the tips of the knives) was simple enough for Dr. Hunt, but was less apparent to the Rotarians gathered.


Dr. Hunt also set a cotton swab on fire using only friction and used an electric conductor, milk pint jugs and corks to create cork projectiles. It was reported that the Hunt boys and their Grandfather thoroughly enjoyed this while the Temple Rotarians and Wildflower Staff worried about property damage. Luckily, there were no injuries (to people or property) but an entertaining time was had by all. Thank you to Shawn for sharing your father with us once again and we look forward to seeing him again in the future.

Rotatips Newsletter, Rotary Club of Temple, Texas, Jan 6, 2011

On the Hunt for New Ways to Learn

Professor John D. Hunt was one of 20 educators nationwide and the only educator from Mississippi chosen for the Face the Nation program promoted by President Obama and the National Science Teachers Association. Professor Hunt traveled to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate his techniques for making learning science fun at the National Mall on October 24.

“Over the past nine years, Professor Hunt has worked with more than 18,000 students in grades three through eight and taught physics concepts to over 3,000 parents,” says Ruth Rudd, president of the Association of Presidential Awardees for Science Teaching, the group that selected Hunt to participate in the program. “The work John has been doing is just the type of activity that President Obama wanted to demonstrate for families on this day.”

The Beacon, Mississippi College Alumni Magazine, Fall 2010

Education Professor John Hunt teaches at National Mall in Washington

When 500,000 people participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, they can catch Mississippi College professor John Hunt showing how learning is fun.

The MC education professor was invited by leaders of the Association of Presidential Awardees for Science Teaching.

During his National Mall visit October 24, Hunt will be involved in the “Face the Nation” program promoted by President Obama and the National Science Teachers Association.

Over the last nine years, the Pearl resident has instructed over 18,000 students in elementary and middle schools and taught physics concepts to more than 9,000 parents.

“The work that John is doing is the type of activity that President Obama would like demonstrated to families on this day,” said Ruth Rudd, president of the Association of Presidential Awardees for Science Teaching.

Hunt is the only Mississippian invited to make a presentation that Sunday at what some are calling National Tent Day. “I do hope John will be joining other Presidential Awardees on this important day to reach out to students and families in promoting critical thinking and problem solving in science,” Rudd added.

Among other things, Hunt says he will promote activities such as “making weird sounds from aluminum rods.” The MC professor will give homework assignments on the National Mall to parents and family members on topics ranging from paper to plastic.

Hunt will have lots of help from fellow teachers on the National Mall that day. Groups like the Maryland Association of Science Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association and professors from Shippensburg State University in Pennsylvania will be on hand. The American Association of Physics Teachers and Professors will demonstrate a haunted house laser show.

While much of the nation is caught up in upcoming elections this fall, some of America’s best science educators will be in the spotlight and attract huge crowds near Capitol Hill.

“We are pleased that Dr. Hunt is going to have the opportunity to share his creative ways of teaching science to such a large audience on the Mall in Washington, D.C.,” said MC Dean of Education Don Locke.

“His reputation as one of the outstanding science education teachers in the United States continues to grow and others have the opportunity to view his teaching methods,” Locke said

University News, Mississippi College, October 20, 2010

Science is Fun Day

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Carolyn Cole is a parent of a student at Milam School.

But on Friday, she was also a teacher who explained to students how our lungs work.

Cole and other parents got a crash course in science in order to be at the school Friday.

Cole said, “Last night, we came and worked on this for an hour and a half and figured out which project we wanted to do. I learned how lungs work, so I can show how they work to the students.”

The program is called “Science is Fun Day.”

Teacher Sarah Brown said, “We have over 500 students here and I think we have 28 stations set up today. The students go through for four minutes at each station. They never want to leave the station because they want to keep doing it because each one is so much fun.”

All types of scientific lessons are taught through the demonstrations.

A Mississippi College professor started the program years ago, and has brought it to schools around the state.

Dr. John Hunt said, “I maintain that if you teach the physics to them at this young age, that perhaps in high school, they say we had a little of this in elementary school and maybe we’ll take this course in high school. We need to encourage the kids to do this.”

As for the students, they say they were excited about what they saw.

One student told us, “I mean, students want to have fun with science. They don’t want to just read things out of their textbooks. They want to actually experiment and see what they can do with life.”

Teachers say the excitement on student’s faces and in their voices means this program gets an “A plus.”

Reported by Robert Byers,, October 1, 2010


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