Love to learn with Mr. Bond's Science Guys this June

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 5/15/19

On June 8, science is coming to Cleveland as Mr. Bond’s Science Guys bring the science of space out of orbit and into our local library.

Created and operated by Keith Trehy, AKA Mr. Bond, …

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Love to learn with Mr. Bond's Science Guys this June

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On June 8, science is coming to Cleveland as Mr. Bond’s Science Guys bring the science of space out of orbit and into our local library.

Created and operated by Keith Trehy, AKA Mr. Bond, Science Guys began 20 years ago with Trehy as the original Science Guy. He operated the company for a decade before bringing on several other science enthusiasts, thus completing the Science Guys team.

Science Guys perform science show across the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama from May to July, and get kids excited about science at the over 100 events they host.

Originally from London, Trehy was a science teacher for several years and also worked as an English teacher in countries around the world. Earning a business degree, he yearned to start his own business, so he put several fun science experiments together and took them on the road, as this was before the Internet. He adopted the nickname Mr. Bond, as a reference to chemical bonds.

He initially was part of a group called Mad Science of Nashville, but broke away and started the Science Guys shortly afterward because he wanted the freedom to run his own operation.

The Science Guys not only visit libraries with their science shows, but also host summer camps and attend birthday parties.

Each of the Science Guys has a different background. For instance, Trehy’s main Science Guy is an I.T. expert, while others are scientists from differing disciplines.

This year’s theme is “Space! A Universe of Stories,” and will include experiments about life in a space suit, rocket propulsion, centrifugal force, planets and orbits.

“Don’t worry. No library books will be harmed in the performance!” Trehy laughed.

He described his team as “edutainers” whose mission is to make science fun, cool and easy for kids of all ages. Since there are so many events to attend around the South, only one Science Guy will be present at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library on June 8, and her name is Jenna Hulsey AKA Hydrojenna. Hulsey is originally from the Knoxville area and handles all of East Tennessee.

Every year, the “edutainers” cater their shows around the libraries’ summer reading program themes. Last year it was geology, the year before was superheroes and this year is space.

A Science Guys’ visit lasts approximately one hour, and Trehy said there is an entire universe of content crammed into this short time, stressing just how fun and interactive a Science Guys visit is.

Trehy described the reaction to their shows as “overwhelmingly positive” and is always moved whenever children approach him after the show to tell him how much they want to be like him when they grow up.

“Parents will enjoy it just as much as the kids,” Trehy said. “Our mission is to show kids that science isn’t hard or scary. It’s easy and fun, and we hope to inspire these kids to grow up to chemists, architects, doctors, engineers or any other type of scientist.”

The “edutainers” travel year-round, but focus on the library reading programs exclusively in the summer. If a library is happy with the presentation, they can request the Science Guys to return for a fall show.

“Every year we have this challenge to cater a show to these summer reading programs,” Trehy added. “We have to engage nearly 150 kids at each show, so that’s always a fun challenge as well.”

Trehy encourages all science fans, young and old, to come out to the library this summer and see just what a Science Guys show is all about.

The Cleveland show starts at 3 p.m. on June 8. For further information, go to https://www.mrbondscienceguy.com/. You can also contact Mr. Bond at 615-273-2702 or through the company’s Facebook page.

Most of the science shows, including this one, are free and open to the public, however, please RSVP with the library prior to attending. The Cleveland Bradley County Public Library is located at 795 Church Street and can be reached at 423-472-2163.

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