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"Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head."
-Mark Twain

Question: Who is Mr. Science?

Answer: Mr. Science is really Tim Perkins!


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"You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do!"
-Bob Richards

Question: What is the Mr. Science show?

Answer: The Mr. Science Show is a series of entertaining and educational science programs mixed with good messages and life lessons. Each show is unique in the way it helps people make connections between complex subjects and everyday life.


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"Let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Question: When are the Mr. Science Shows?

Answer: Live shows are open to the public every week at some locations. Once a month at other locations and some special events feature a Mr. Science Show Annually! There's almost never a week in Brevard County, Florida without a Mr. Science Show performance somewhere!


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"I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them."
-E.V. Lucas

Question: Where can I see a Mr. Science Show?

Answer: The best place to see a public performance of the Mr. Science Show is at the Satellite Beach Civic Center, the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Lockmar Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, or Meadowlane Elementary or at the best family oriented events in Brevard and Indian River Counties. Many private schools and organizations also host regularly scheduled Mr. Science Shows.


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"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end."
-Ursula K. LeGuin

Question: Why don't you get a real job?

Answer: Actually, people don't usually put it exactly like that! I have had regular jobs doing just about everything including; cleaning up dog poop, building condominiums, painting surfboards, building radar installations, designing museum exhibits, directing TV commercials, making computer graphics for the AirForce and MORE! Being Mr. Science is the only job I've had that brings all of my experience into one arena and lets me share it with really great people! I hope you enjoy your work as much as I do! (Hey, I heard that...I can too keep a job!)


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"If what you're working for really matters, you'll give it all you've got. "
-Nido Qubein

Question: How much does it cost?

Answer: The average price of admission at the Civic Center shows is still three dollars with adults admitted free. After school programs are five dollars each week and usually a portion of the money collected is either donated to the school fund or used to purchase extra items for the kids to take home with them. For scheduling a class performance I usually charge a minimum of $75. plus an additional amount for each additional child when the audience includes more than twenty children. (I've performed for less than twenty people but charge as if there were twenty.)
*Please note: As of Jan. 2003 a new price structure has been implemented.

For large assemblies and special events I often charge a flat rate to keep the shows affordable. Lots of schools schedule back to back shows with different grade levels attending each show. I have a policy of total inclusion so if you are a teacher with kids that can't bring in the cost of a ticket please inform me and I'll make sure there are some discretionary passes made available. (They make great gifts or rewards.) Some schools have used Mr. Science Shows as fund raisers and made more money than I did! Wow!


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"The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money."
-IRS auditor

Question: What age are the shows geared to?

Answer: Each show includes material for ALL AGES ! I omit material to make an appropriate presentation. When multiple ages are present then material is inlcuded for all. Some humor appeals to everyone while some is age dependent. This customized approach makes each show unique but allows kindergartners to enjoy a show right along with teenagers or seniors. Since 2-5 year olds can be very diverse in their intelligence and maturity I recommend teachers and parents judge a child's "readiness" on an individual basis. I often have 3 year olds enjoy shows and I have done shows for an all "senior citizen" audience. My record so far is a 100 year olds birthday party!


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"We are always the same age inside. "
-Gertrude Stein

Question: Why do you always wear the same clothes?

Answer: I have a whole closet full of blue shirts and tan shorts to wear so that when I'm at the schools and civic centers it's easy to recognize me!

One version of this question is, "Why don't you wear a lab coat?" MOST science does not require a lab coat. The only real job I ever had that required a lab coat was when working with yucky chemicals and those lab coats were a mess! I keep my lab coat hanging up at home and usually just pull it out for Halloween.

I prefer to show kids that you don't need to have funny clothes to use the scientific method.The clothes you wear everyday will usually do fine. I try to wear appropriate clothing for the work I'm doing. For some shows that include dangerous stunts I may be secretly wearing protective clothing and special padding beneath my familiar work clothes.


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"Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile from them, and you'll have their shoes."
-Jack Handey

Question: Do you perform at birthday Parties?

Answer: Frequently! Birthdays are usually a little different from school presentations. Kids are more wound up and consist of a more tightly knit group of friends. The aim is still the same though - have fun and learn something!


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"Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. "
-Mr. Science

Question: Do you have your own Television Show?

Answer: I was originally talked into doing these science shows by some guys that wanted to videotape them. Time-Warner-Communications ran some of the tapes on cable T.V. for a while and I think they only run it now if there's nothing else to run. I have the original tapes and every once in a while I hear someone say they saw a copy run on TWC. The farthest away I've heard of one being seen was in Israel! I don't make any money of the tapes, we just handed out demos and let 'em go! Any ambitious film students out there?


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"Television is chewing gum for the eyes."
-Frank Lloyd Wright

Question: Do you have kids of your own?

Answer: Two! One boy and one girl. Although for a while I was a foster parent and had four.I recommend foster parenting to all former marines and navy seals!


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"The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face."
-Jack Handy

Question: Did you used to be a teacher?

Answer: Actually, most people are surprised to find out I have a degree in advertising! I did work as a teacher at a wonderful place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida called The Discovery Center Museum. I worked as a teacher for Broward County Schools teaching a summer science program there. Although the pay wasn't so hot, it had to be one of the best places I've ever worked!


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"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.The great teacher inspires."
-William Arthur Ward

Question: What else do you do?

Answer: Nothing! I used to get paid to paint pictures and show people how to use computers but now I do Mr. Science Shows so often now that I have to turn down all the requests for the stuff I used to do. Now that I think of it...I really should pet my dog more often.


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"Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts."
-Clarence Day

Question: Where do you get your Ideas?

Answer: Hmm. That's Top Secret!


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"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. "
-Albert Einstein

Question: Where do you get all that science stuff?

Answer: Friends seem to always show up with some cool weird thing I can use in my shows. However, If I'm really in need of something I build it or find it at a garage sale or thrift store!


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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -Arthur C. Clarke


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