Don’t try this at home: Mad Scientist Days at Imagination Station


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A mad scientist is invading Imagination Station for the weekend of Oct. 28-30. Imagination Station is inviting kids and families to learn what it’s like to be a mad scientist and will include some creepy and cool science experiments.

News 18 This Morning visited Imagination Station to preview one of the experiments.

Josh Hyrman, in character as Dr. Frankenstein, and two fellow members of Purdue’s chapter of the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma, conducted the experiment.

“We’re going to be using calcium carbide which was originally used by coal miners for their lamps,” explained Hyrman.

The students then showed how the liquid ignited when putting a flame to it. The calcium carbide was then put into a pumpkin and ignited. If you watch the video, you’ll see why the experiment is called the “exploding pumpkin!”

“We like to get kids excited about science, and we think explosions are a great way to do that,” said Hyrman.

There will be more demonstrations, hands-on experiments and take-home items such as magnetic putty and “monster eyeballs.”

Mad Scientist Days runs from 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at Imagination Station. It costs $7 for nonmembers and $3 for members. Imagination Station is at 600 N. Fourth St. in downtown Lafayette.

Parents are encouraged to bring a clean and empty glass jar to bring home their “monster eyeballs.”