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  • St. John's 'Mad Scientist' guest speaker at Northwestern University

  • St. John’s resident “mad scientist” James Hood was recently honored as the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas American Association of Physics teachers at the Northwestern Oklahoma Sate University.
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  • St. John’s resident “mad scientist” James Hood was recently honored as the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas American Association of Physics teachers at the Northwestern Oklahoma Sate University.
    Hood taught high school science and mathematics for nearly 40 years. At the age of 90 he is still going strong teaching groups of tourist, students, and individuals about the industrial revolution and progression of science through the St. John Science Museum.
    “They about went crazy (with applause) when I started my lecture telling them there need to be more vocational instruction in science,” Hood said. “That really turned me on.”
    Hood went on to explain to the group of 50 or more college professors how hands on training and vocational training can play a big part in physics, science and math education.
    St. John Science Museum has several exhibits that Hood uses to show practical applications to many of the theories students learn in school.
    Ron Culbert, who drove Hood and some of his exhibits to Enid for the lecture said the crowd really enjoyed Hood’s presentation.
    “One of the organizers told me that he gave a much better presentation than they were expecting,” he said. “He was really keyed up by it. I don’t think he stopped talking about it until we hit the curves at the Pratt County line.”
    The Science museum is open by appointment by calling 620-549-3347.
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