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Purpose:

The goal of this site is to provide Christian educators with exciting, fascinating, and memorable scientifically based object lessons to teach biblical truths to children. 

Overview:

Each lesson has been designed to both fascinate the audience with the science while still maintaining a strong biblical message.  Each comes complete with a simple lesson plan, a brief summary, questions to be addressed, relevant scripture, a list of materials required, preparation directions, and presentation suggestions.  The result is a dramatic and stimulating presentation, perfect for use in Sunday school classrooms, youth groups, church camps, retreats, home schooling, and sermons, making exploring the Bible an unforgettable experience.   

Experiment Examples: (click here to see videos of these experiments being performed)

  • Flameproof water balloon (Lesson 1)
  • Mentos and Diet Coke explosion (Lesson 2)
  • Antigravity water, lycopodium powder glove, pre-sliced banana (Lesson 3)
  • Rising water, Bernoulli bag, synergy balls (Lesson 4)
  • Instant snow (Lesson 5)
  • Flameproof cloth and waterproof sand (Lesson 6)
  • Turn water into ice instantly (Lesson 7)
  • Bottomless can - never fills (Lesson 8)
  • Optical illusions, hardboiled egg detector, bounce no bounce balls (Lesson 9)
  • Crushing the can and levitating ping-pong balls (Lesson 10)
  • Turn water into wine (Lesson 11) - CLASSIC POWERFUL GOSPEL PRESENTATION
  • Walk on water (Lesson 12)
  • Elephant toothpaste (Lesson 13
  • Air-gun and Air-zooka (Lesson 14)
  • Floating teabags (Lesson 15)
Bible Lesson Examples:

History: In August of 2007 Daniel A. Briere was approached by Kelly Neal, children’s director at Fair Haven Christian Church in Trafalgar, Indiana (http://www.fairhavencc.org/), to dress up as a mad scientist and perform science experiments to teach biblical principals to elementary school kids as part of a between services ministry. Being a biologist himself, Daniel starting thinking about all the really interesting experiments that he observed in his years of schooling and he became excited to investigate how to perform these experiments himself.  His goal was simple: he wanted an experiment that would be fascinating, memorable, and that the kids most likely have never seen before. But the most important part was to have a biblical message that stood stronger than the science experiment. So, Daniel's quest began and the 'mad scientist' persona was created. The 'Mad Scientist' made a commitment to both the church and to God to perform one object lesson monthly. To that end, he spent one month doing the research and writing each object lesson. At the end of each month, the object lesson was performed in front of 20 to 30 kids and changes were made to fine-tune each object lesson for future mad scientists.  A year later the 'mad scientist' program was expanded.  Object lessons were accepted for online publication on the Christian-based Sunday School Network (http://www.sundayschoolnetwork.com/) and this site was created in August 2008.  The future of this program is unclear.  But with God anything is possible.

Background: From backyard experiments to involvement in high-school science activities, the 'mad scientist' has always had an interest and aptitude for science.  This led to earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hanover College in 1996 and a master’s degree in biology from Ball State University in 1999.  In 2000, after working at Indiana University School of Medicine on cancer therapy, he accepted a research position at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Now his 12th year at Eli Lilly, he continues to pursue science toward the goal of developing medicines for type 2 diabetes.  In addition to research, he also enjoys teaching.  This passion led to serving as the instructor of several biology laboratories at Ball State University and Indiana University School of Medicine. Since January 2005, he has also served as an adjunct professor of microbiology and human anatomy and physiology at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, Indiana.

Contact: We love to hear your comments, suggestions, and ideas for this website and / or the object lessons contained within.  Please contact Daniel at madaboutjesuslaboratories@yahoo.com or post a comment in the Guest Book.

Get published: Have an idea for an object lesson or even wrote a lesson that you want to share with the world? Visit our submissions page for details.

 

Welcome to the science lab

The 'mad scientist' welcomes you.  Feel free to use these object lessons for teaching God's word, but please do not attempt to make money on them.  They are for His will, not ours. 

In His service,

Daniel (The Mad Scientist)

Legal Disclaimer

Under no circumstances shall Mad About Jesus Laboratories be liable for any damages that result from the use of, or missuse of, any object lesson or experiment used within.  The use of this web site is at your own risk. The materials provided in connection with this web site are provided “as is” without warranty of accuracy or completeness of any kind whether expressed or implied. These statements extend to the full extent by law in each state. Please refer to your local laws for specific prohibitions. 

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