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home : news : news   April 30, 2016

4/12/2014 8:50:00 AM
SciFest is a smashing hit


NewsTribune photos/Scott AndersonMatthew Johll, science instructor at Illinois Valley Community College, reclines on a bed of nails as his student, Jeff Hamilton of Peru, smashes a concrete block during “SciFest” Friday inside the gymnasium at IVCC. The force of the hammer and the enclosure of the nails protected Johll from being injured.
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NewsTribune photos/Scott Anderson
Matthew Johll, science instructor at Illinois Valley Community College, reclines on a bed of nails as his student, Jeff Hamilton of Peru, smashes a concrete block during “SciFest” Friday inside the gymnasium at IVCC. The force of the hammer and the enclosure of the nails protected Johll from being injured.
Joey Twardowski and Jimmy Baele of Cub Scouts Troop 3133 of Putnam County turn Play-dough into electric circuits during “SciFest” at Illinois Valley Community College.
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Joey Twardowski and Jimmy Baele of Cub Scouts Troop 3133 of Putnam County turn Play-dough into electric circuits during “SciFest” at Illinois Valley Community College.
NT Staff




A crowd filled the bleachers at Illinois Valley Community College’s gym, not to watch a sports event, but rather to watch the chemistry club and professor Matthew Johll perform amazing (but scientifically logical feats)

"SciFest” was Friday night.

Promotional material for the event stated, “Dr. Johll will once again trust science over common sense as he has a cement block smashed off his chest while lying on a bed of nails. But the real question is … can he use the power of the atmosphere to crush a 55-gallon barrel?”

The show was all that and more.












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