COURTESY OF OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Oak Park, IL – Weird Science, Oak Park Public Library’s adult science fair, returns to the Main Library, 834 Lake St., on Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 pm. The playful competition offers participants age 21+ a chance at “middle school redemption.” Competitors will have an opportunity to show-off their best experiments, sharing details with judges and spectators, at this after-hours event.
Registration for scientists, including pairs and teams, is now open. All experiments welcome, from grade school classics such as the baking soda volcano and potato clock, to more intricate hypotheses. Space for experiments is limited. Register through June 8, or until space fills, to compete: http://bit.ly/WeirdScienceSummer
No registration is required for spectators age 21 . A cash bar will be available.
Oak Park Public Library first hosted Weird Science in September 2013, attracting local science enthusiasts to share unique experiments in a social, after-hours atmosphere. Prizes were awarded to three competitors: Third place winner Richard, who used a bicycle pump to create his Air Paper Rocket; second place team players David and Vicki, who tested ingredients and food science in search of The Perfect Cookie; and first place winners Lindsey and Amanda, who pre-tested Ernest Hemingway’s famous quote “Write drunk, edit sober” using the scientific method, sharing their results in video format.
Returning judges Edward O’Brien, librarian, birder and science and nature enthusiast, and Lauren Umek, a PhD candidate and Presidential Fellow in Plant Biology and Conservation, look forward to another round of exciting entries. 
Weird Science: The Summer School Edition is being presented as part of One Book, One Oak Park—a new community reading experience for adults, bringing together local residents with one great title. The program’s premier title, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, explores science journalist Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory. More details about Moonwalking and One Book, One Oak Park can be found at http://oppl.org/events/summer-reading

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