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10:48 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

<I>Big bang theory:</I><BR>In which the children learn that, if it makes a big bang, it's good science

"Houston, we have a problem," Carson said and prepared the film canister rocket a second time for a successful detonation.

"I want to try this one at home," Michael said before moving to the next station to watch his brother receive a gruesome-looking, fake hand wound.

Using cocoa, paper towels, petroleum jelly and red food coloring, Rami Lovowick toiled in Frankenstein-like fervor to create the realistic, gory lesion emerging on Matt's hand.

Michael's eyes widened. He shook his head no and stepped back from the table, unwilling to have the realistic wound re-created on his small hand.

There was no effervescence, no detonation and nothing frightful at Astoria Aviles' station, just a yummy experience.

Using heavy whipping cream in a baby food jar, Astoria shook it once per second to create a big ball of butter.

"It doesn't taste like hard butter you get from the store; it tastes really good," Astoria said as she explained the composition of the final product – fat and water molecules.

Janet Bicknese, Skyview's director said the presentations are merely a continuation of the school's hands-on, naturalist intelligence approach.

"We're very committed to interfacing with the greater community," Bicknese said about her students' presentation at the library. "We believe that education is greater than the four walls of our school, or the library. Doing this project allows us to do what we really believe in – going out and serving the community."

Contact the reporter at ckniola@prescottaz.com