Slapstick Science

Accolades & Reviews

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"Dear Dr. Quark: Thank you for a great program. As an administrator, one is often concerned with students missing class to be entertained. Your program WAS class! Great instruction embedded in highly memorable and meaningful antics. The differentiation in instructional presentation and complexity between the two shows was terrific. ALL students could understand the science concepts and enjoy the mental challenge of the concepts at an appropriate level." Kathleen Sheehy, Principal, Booth Hill School "I found your performance had a broad appeal to those who learn aurally, kinesthetically and visually..." Patrick Wemitt, Principal, Catskill Elementary School, Show: Flight (May 4, 2006) "This was the smartest, funniest, best assembly we've ever had; and we've had the good fortune to host MANY excellent assemblies." Ella Reiss Urdang, Principal, Smith School, (November 1, 2000) "I like the show. You make science fun." Beth, 1st grader in Ogdensburg, NYS, Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000)
"I wanted to thank you once again for the two outstanding assemblies that you gave yesterday at our school. The children were talking about energy all day. I commend you on your wonderful ability to excite and inspire students to think about the physics lessons you presented long after the presentation has ended. You are also a whiz at crowd control - a very special art in itself! We loved the way(s) you kept your young audience mannerly and involved. I am still entertaining a whole slew of positive feedback from faculty members and students who really enjoyed your show. You are a real treat, Dr. Quark, and I'm so happy we were finally able to connect and get a booking." Laurie Selden, PTA President, Wm. E. Deluca Elementary School, Show: Much Work with Little Effort (March 1, 2000)

 "I enjoyed being the catalyst! I made yellow foam! Thanks!" Janelle, 1st grader in Ogdensburg, NY, Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000)
"Your presentation was dynamic, informative, and well-received by our students. (I don't know who that naive guy was who volunteered to be lifted off his feet to the ceiling - HA-HA).
 Thanks for your great 'effort'." Mr. Stephen Polidore, Principal, Tanglewood Elementary School, Glens Falls, NY
Show: Much Work with Little Effort (October 1, 1998)

 "Chemistry is FUN! Thank you for the experiments." Katie, 1st grader in Ogdensburg, NY, Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000)

"Dear PTA; My class has just returned from possibly the BEST assembly they have ever had the opportunity to attend. And that applies to me, too! Dr. Quinton Quark's Slapstick Science was both highly entertaining and educational. As a follow-up activity, we just listed some things they learned (or relearned) this afternoon. The scientific concepts they explained were wonderful. I don't think I'll ever be able to teach a unit on simple machines without seeing (in my head) Mr. Viall being lifted by Sarah C. and a pulley. Our Fourth Graders will be taking the Science Program Evaluation Test soon. This was definitely an integral part of their review. Thank you, once again, for providing such a great educational 'extra' for our students." Marie Montone, Show: Much Work with Little Effort (May 1, 1998)

 "Thanks for making science so much fun and applicable to our daily lives with young children! Hope to see you next year!" Mrs. Wilson, Kindergarten teacher, Potsdam, NY, Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000) "I learned that science is cool!" Tracy, 1st grader in Ogdensburg, NY,Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000) "Dear Dr. Quark; Thank you for teaching us about wonderful world of chemistry. We really enjoyed your show. Please visit Sherman again! You get an 'A+' for the day!" Your future scientists: Jacques, Christian, Nathan, Cyndee, Janelle, Katie, Makenzie, Jordan, Emily, Elaini, Jeremy, Sean, Alexander, Megan, Beth, and Trey (Mrs. Wilson's class) Sherman School, Ogdensburg, NY, Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000) "Dear Dr. Quark: Thank you for coming to show our class about science. We learned chemicals are in everything. We liked how the cold air made the vegetables so hard they could break. We liked how balloons shrink in cold air. We liked popping balloons with hear. We liked how you made the foam. we liked how you started the engine. We liked all the experiments with solids, liquids, and gas. You are the 'best scientist' ever! Will you please come back to Sherman School Kindergarten real soon? Thank you again for coming and being a super silly science teacher." Your new friends, Mrs. Wilson's Kindergartners, Show: Kiddie Chem (October 1, 2000) "It was again an excellent experience for my daughter. Even with the extreme heat, she ws very eager to attend every day." Betty Osterhoudt, Show: Van Lodostov Family Circus (August 1, 1998) "Although we moved over 100 miles away last year, we had to come back for another 2 weeks with the Van Lodostov Family Circus. Always a wonderful experience. Liz Harrison, Show: Van Lodostov Family Circus (August 1, 1998) "You were a hit at Madison Elementary School! The children and adults all talked about you long after you were gone. You certainly were entertaining and adults, as well as children, learned a lot from your performance. Thank you for making science and learning so much fun!" Pamela Beck, Madison PTO, Madison, NH, Show: Much Work with Little Effort (June 1, 1998) "Fantastic! The children clamored for more. Dr. Quinton Quark gives a wonderful performance and leaves his audience fascinated and wishing it would never end." BOCES evaluation, Duffield Elementary School, Show: Much Work with Little Effort (January 1, 1998) "Teachers, students, involved parents and our principal all unanimously agree that yours was the best enrichment program ever at our school. We are so grateful for your most unique presentation that we would like you to come back and wow us all over again....On behalf of A. W. Cox elementary School, thank you for your enormous contribution to our children's appreciation and understanding of science." Lorraine Lewin, Cultural Enrichment, Show: Much Work with Little Effort (December 1, 1997) "You did great! My boys loved circus camp. In 2 weeks time Alix learned to juggle, ride a unicycle, go off the teeterboard, etc. What could he have done in 3 weeks? Jordy, too, learned new skills... How 'bout it? Can you add another week next year? In a 3 week program they could swallow swords, juggle fire - I'm kidding, but not about the 3 weeks. Can't it be longer, please?" Abigail Brenner, Show: Van Lodostov Family Circus (August 1, 1997) "Both children had a great time and already say they want to do it again! It was great how you took 30+ kids, worked with them for two weeks, and made it a circus show. Watching the kids work well together, show respect for each other, did my heart good. It is something you don't always see nowadays, and that is sad. Everyone worked hard towards a common goal and it definitely showed. Our son has had a generally difficult life in school (he's dyslexic, so reading and writing don't come naturally). His teachers have consistently called him a 'motor man', but what they found as 'immature' you managed to tap. He has just loved his time at circus camp and took it very seriously. Thank you for letting him shine and letting him show his maturity and respect for others." Donna Cason, Show: Van Lodostov Family Circus (August 1, 1997) "Thank you all for a well organized and fun camp. Elliot has, with your support, had the wonderful experience of rising to the challenge of learning new and 'scary' skills. He appreciated being able to focus on the areas that he enjoys most. We appreciated the structure that exposed him to a variety of skills. We also felt very confident that he would be safe as he explored some potentially dangerous activities. Thanks again!" Laura Wells, Show: Van Lodostov Family Circus (August 1, 1997) "It was amazing what you put together in 2 weeks. ...Your emphasis on safety was important in our minds too....Thank you for giving your time and energy to our son. It was a pleasure to meet such great people. PS - Ted, your stories are terrific!" Jim Chiappini, father of Chris Chiappini, Gold Medalist, Juniors Division, International Jugglers Association, Show: Van Lodostov Family Circus (September 1, 1996)