The Mad Scientist Presents 
Scientific Object Lessons to Teach Biblical Truths"

By Daniel A. Briere



Daniel writes, "In August of 2007 I was approached by Kelly Neal, childrenís director at Fair Haven Christian Church in Trafalgar, Indiana, to dress up as a mad scientist and perform science experiments to teach biblical principals to elementary school kids as part of our between services ministry. Being a biologist myself, I starting thinking about all the really interesting experiments that I observed in my years of schooling and I became excited to investigate how to perform these experiments myself.  My goal was simple: I 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, my quest began. I made a commitment to both the church and to God to perform one object lesson monthly. To that end, I spent one month doing the research and writing each object lesson. I wrote each lesson down as if others would perform them, as it is the plan to teach others to perform these experiments as part of an outreach program at the church.  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."

Below are the links to Daniel's lessons:
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One Sin, Candles & Balloons
Little People Can Do Big Things

The Faith of a Mustard Seed
This Little Light of Mine
Grow with God
God Protects His Children
Transform and Evangelize
Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass
The Shepherd Knows His Flock
All Things are Possible with God
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Science vs. the interview
Leap of Faith
Gift From God
Hoist Your Sails

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Daniel Briere's Background:
From backyard experiments to involvement in high-school science activities, I have always ha
d an interest and aptitude for science.  This led to earning a bachelorís degree in biology from Hanover College in 1996 and a masterís degree in biology from Ball State University in 1999.  In 2000, after working at Indiana University School of Medicine on cancer therapy, I accepted a research position at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Now my 7th year at Eli Lilly, I continue to pursue science toward the goal of developing medicines for type 2 diabetes.  

In addition to research, I also enjoy 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, I have also served as an adjunct professor of microbiology at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, Indiana.

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