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News Release

Experiments That Failed at Putnam County Library in Magnolia

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit


Experiments That Failed at Putnam County Library in Magnolia


“Can a kid make it through winter eating only snow and ketchup?” The first line in the book “11 Experiments That Failed”, by Jenny Offill amused young listeners gathered at the Putnam County Library in Magnolia. This summer program was provided by University of Illinois Extension Marshall Putnam Ag in the Classroom. The delightful book explains what happened when eleven silly questions were explored using scientific procedure. Each experiment included a question, hypothesis, what you need, what to do and what happened. Following the story, Julie Read, M-P AITC coordinator, provided the children with supplies to make “slime”. She explained that slime was originally called “silly putty” and is an example of an experiment that failed. In the 1940’s, scientists were attempting to create a synthetic form of rubber. Failing at that, the substance they did make ended up becoming the popular toy known as “silly putty”. Using simple household ingredients, the children proceeded to make their own sample. One key ingredient was inadvertently left out and the children quickly experienced the “12th experiment that failed!” When we realized our mistake we corrected the problem and children were able to take home their sample. For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems

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