Florida teen tries to do science, gets felony charge for curiosity
Science is messy and it's messiest when we're just learning how the scientific process works.
- In the wake of this news report--Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad ( http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php …)--I asked my twitter followers, many of whom are practicing scientists, whether or not they've accidentally caused an explosion while doing science in high school.Full post - On stifling scientific curiosity, in the most egregious way possible. - http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=14864 …
- — Kristina Killgrove (@DrKillgrove)Wed, May 01 2013 10:51:26Zero Tolerance Watch: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Science Experiment http://reason.com/blog/2013/05/01/zero-tolerance-watch-teen-faces-felony-c …5/0… vreasonason
- — Andrew David Thaler (@SFriedScientist)Wed, May 01 2013 09:56:40Random twitter poll: how many of y'all accidentally blew something up in high school doing science?
- The answer is a pretty hefty "Yes."
- — Matthew R. Francis (@DrMRFrancis)Wed, May 01 2013 09:56:50Me. RT @SFriedScientist: Random twitter poll: how many of y'all accidentally blew something up in high school doing science?
- — Douglas Main (@Douglas_Main)Wed, May 01 2013 09:59:02@SFriedScientist I did, pretty bad. Put liquid nitrogen in a 16-oz plastic bottle, sealed it tightly, and nearly blew my hand off.
- — Michael Rally (@Michael_RA)Wed, May 01 2013 10:02:21Me, using pure O2 RT @SFriedScientist: Random twitter poll: how many of y'all accidentally blew something up in high school doing science?
- — Rachel Graham (@PictureEcology)Wed, May 01 2013 10:02:24@SFriedScientist Well, we did an experiment with baking soda in balloons that were "secured" over bottles of vinegar...until they flew off.
- — Terry Harvey-Chadwic (@ScienceViking66)Wed, May 01 2013 10:25:29@SFriedScientist I accidentally pulled out a lit bunsen hose from the tap. Made a jet of flame cross the class. Never seen kids move so fast
- — Bill AND Thomas dog (@Billinsoton)Wed, May 01 2013 11:13:35
- — Susan Vickers (@susanmvickers)Wed, May 01 2013 10:29:00@SFriedScientist I had a rxn mixture boil & spatter nearly into my face. I don't remember what rxn but teacher was very concerned!
- — Elaine Brewer (@mrselaineious)Wed, May 01 2013 12:21:51@SFriedScientist Now knowing what you're talking about. Yes. I did blow things up & spilled highly toxic chems too but I never got expelled
- — Michael Rally (@Michael_RA)Wed, May 01 2013 12:41:00@SFriedScientist My exp details. Mg burns w a bright light in air Ca doesnt. Ca occupies similar slot in table. Maybe pure o2 wld help? BOOM
- — Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill)Wed, May 01 2013 13:05:05@SFriedScientist Dude, I blew something up in -grad school- doing science. Concentrated sulfuric acid and acetic anhydride + water = BOOM!
- — Troy A Roepke (@DrGlitterbear)Wed, May 01 2013 13:05:35@SFriedScientist Although I didn't go to high school in the typical sense, I did blow up a few things using chemistry textbook as a guide.
- — Ben Cowie (@snowandscience)Wed, May 01 2013 13:17:00@SFriedScientist I blew up a beaker with some elemental sodium - offgassing of H2 gas in beaker was just enough when Na piece ignited
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