By John Lauritsen

By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s an experiment in itself just to see how anyone can handle this cold. However, a group of eighth graders from Hope Academy in Minneapolis proved that it is possible to have fun in sub-zero temperatures. In fact, this weather is down-right cool.

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“They think it’s fun and it’s a fun way to connect with the kids and have fun with them like that,” said Nathan Ziegler, the upper school principal for Hope Academy in Minneapolis.

Ziegler used a super soaker filled with hot water, a bottle of bubbles and some bananas suffering from severe frost bite to prove that a lot of science comes with frigid temperatures.

“The bananas. I wasn’t expecting them to be really hard. I thought they would break right away, but it worked,” said student Shania Castillo.

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The bananas sat outside all night and the students pounded nails in with them.

The bubbles didn’t need to stay outside. They just froze and crystallized when they were caught. And when hot water hit the air via the super soakers, a stream of steam was all that remained.

“There is not one class where I’ve tried that before. This is the most fun I’ve had in class in a long time,” said student Ruthy Norman.

Ziegler has a whole bunch of experiments he’s tried with extreme cold and he has put them on YouTube.

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There was no quiz for those kids Friday, just a chance to be awed by Antarctic-like weather that we don’t necessarily get every day.

John Lauritsen