When 5-year-old Travis McDonald stood up, his chin barely made it over the black countertops of the chemistry lab, and he had to reach his arms all the way up to work on a science experiment.
Travis chewed gum as he mixed glue with borax, covering his hands in the sticky blue-and-white mixture that was becoming slime. He rolled the gooey substance into a ball and bounced his creation.
"It feels like cake," he said.
Travis made his own Chem Putty at Polymer Playtime, one of about two dozen science classes for kids Friday evening at the second annual Science Showtime at Golden West College. The event, co-hosted by the college and the Huntington Beach Rotary Club, was a chance for children to see science and math used in a fun way, said Dale Dunn, the Rotary public relations chairman.
"These [classes] are all designed to be fun things for kids," he said.