The W.O.W. (Wonders of Wattage) Mobile Lab II will visit Monticello this month, bringing interactive scientific demonstrations to area students in grades 3-12, according to a news release from South Arkansas Growth Organization, Inc.

T.A. Walton will bring the W.O.W. Mobile Lab II to the Drew Central auditorium on November 17 and to the Monticello Middle School auditorium on November 18. The demonstrations are open to all students in grades 3-12 living within the Monticello and Drew Central school districts. Private schools, charter schools, and home schools should email [email protected] for details and to sign up.

W.O.W. Mobile Lab II demonstrations include:

Solar Power Unit Demonstration – teaches solar power and renewable energy, as well as energy balancing.

The RazorCrush – A mobile can crusher that uses electromagnetics to convert electrical energy into force to crush cans.

EARL and PEARL – EARL is a ring levitator and PEARL is a ring launcher. These two units demonstrate the conversion of electric energy to various directional forces.

Jacob’s Ladder – teaches principles of electricity and physics using an arc generator.

Wireless power transmission – demonstrates properties of electric power generation, transmission and receiving.

Walton, BSChE, MSChE, of the University of Arkansas Department of Electrical Engineering, is the creator of the W.O.W. Mobile Lab. He is the managing director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT), managing director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), and diversity director for both the Vertically-Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research (VICTER) and the Green Renewable Energy Efficient Nanoplasmonic Solar Cell (GREEN) Center, focused on K-12 outreach efforts in the State of Arkansas.

Sponsors of the W.O.W. Mobile Lab are University of Arkansas National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT), Arkansas Science and Technology Authority/NSF EPSCoR, Vertically-Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research (VICTER), University of Arkansas Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Arkansas College of Engineering, and National Science Foundation.

For more information about the W.O.W. Mobile Lab, visit http://www.victercenter.com/education-outreach or contact T.A. Walton at 479-575-4487 or [email protected] or Kathy M. Baird-Kirk at 479-575-5066 or [email protected]

South Arkansas Growth Organization, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purposes include addressing four major program goals: to improve the health and fitness of South Arkansas residents, to improve educational attainment of South Arkansas residents, to increase business ownership by South Arkansas residents, and to provide improved housing for low and very-low income persons in South Arkansas.

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