You don't have to be mad to be a scientist but it helps. At least that's the opinion of youngsters at Ybarra Academy of the Arts and Technology in Walnut. The students huddled in the wind as they pondered the questions formulated by their Mad Science instructors.

"Who remembers the difference between kinetic energy and potential energy?" asked instructor Erin Song.

A young girl's hand shot up. Then the youngster explained her answer.

"That's right, when you're moving around that's kinetic energy, when you're sitting still that's potential energy," Song said.

Then she had the class demonstrate kinetic energy as they bounced around like so many electrons circling an atom's nucleus.


Myshkin Guerrero, and Star Jimenez, both 8, watch an experiment during Mad Science program in Rowland Unified. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)

in her trademark white lab coat, Song teaches the after-school class from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rowland Unified school. The cost is $89 for the eight-week course.Click HERE for entire story!