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GE event lets kids marvel at ‘magic’ of science (photos)

Center welcomes students hard-hit by Irene

Middleburgh fifth-grader Austin Salomen watches as John Vieti demonstrates how a Holtz electrostatic influence machine works Thursday morning as GE Global Research celebrated its annual Science Day along with more than 200 students from five area school districts that were hard-hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Middleburgh fifth-grader Austin Salomen watches as John Vieti demonstrates how a Holtz electrostatic influence machine works Thursday morning as GE Global Research celebrated its annual Science Day along with more than 200 students from five area school districts that were hard-hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
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GE Global Research Center scientist David Moore took a skewer and poked it through a small balloon.

Miraculously, it didn’t pop — to the amazement of about 200 fourth-graders from the Middleburgh, Schoharie, Sharon Springs, Jefferson and Berne-Knox-Westerlo school districts who were attending Science Day at the facility Thursday.

Magic? No. The secret is to dab a little bit of vegetable or canola oil on the skewer and to under-inflate the balloon, according to ...

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