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Photos: Students Egg State Rep.-Elect In The Name Of Education

State Representative-elect Steve Bergquist agreed to participate in a physics experiment where he risked getting egged. He will be sworn into office on January 14.

On any given day, the act of egging an elected official might not be a good idea.

But on Thursday, with the blessing of State Representative-elect Steve Bergquist, students in Matthew Randall’s AP physics class at Lindbergh High School put their skills to the test in hopes of landing an egg atop Bergquist’s head.

Bergquist, who currently teaches twelfth-grade Contemporary World Issues, agreed to the egging after several students approached him about the experiment that involved hitting a moving target with a falling object.

Students worked in groups of three or four and measured Berquist’s height and walking pace. They also measured the distance from the top of the skybridge to the ground below. From there, the students applied skills leaned in their AP physics class to work through the calculations.

“As a product of the Renton schools, I want to bring attention to the great things happening here,” he said. “This is an opportunity to show off how bright our students are.”

And bright they were. One team scored a direct hit to the head and two others achieved indirect hits to Bergquist’s shoulder and left pant leg.

While he wore a white safety helmet, Randall was quick to point out that Bergquist chose not to wear the optional poncho despite having a class later in the day.

“This is more exciting because we all get invested in it,” said junior Casi Goodman. “In a classroom it’s hard to care as much, but out here we get to see how our work pays off.”

Kyle Medina, a member of the ‘direct hit team,’ said their key to success was good teamwork and double-checking the math.

“We originally had an error, but after double-checking we were able to fix the calculation before the experiment,” he said.

Bergquist will continue to teach classes at Lindbergh through January 8 before transitioning into his now role as State Representative. He will be sworn into office on January 14.

Carrie Bergquist December 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Timing of photo was well done!
Jenny Manning December 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Thank you, Carrie! I had a great time covering the experiment, and Steve was such a great sport.
B December 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM
This guy sounds like one cool dude. A teacher and a representative! And he's a Democrat? Imagine that.
joanne December 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Yes, he is a Democrat. I just looked him up. Good, another member of the Legislative branch of a State's government that believes in science.
Sam Suitt December 16, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Does the class have any more eggs? I have 535 politicians in congress that sorely need - -and deserve - a good, accurate egging.
JB December 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Steve is always a good sport. All three of my kids have had him for a teacher. He really knows how to involve them in learning. Sadly, he will be missed as a teacher. Hoping for good things in Olympia.
David Campbell December 31, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Lets see.. a dumb moonbat lets students egg him to establish what is already known in the name of "science" and other moonbats applaud it like it is something wonderful.. these be the same sheeple that put Obama in office.. yeah we as a nation are SCREWED!
uncommonsensesc December 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I'll buy some eggs!
uncommonsensesc December 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Anyone can read formulas in a book but putting them to the test and figuring them out on your own is where the learning comes in! It's refreshing to see students learning and teachers teaching rather than another report of a teacher locking a student in a closet and forgetting them, or molesting them or [insert list here]! This isn't political, it's education and if it works, then what is your problem (other than getting an extra "bi*ch and complain* gene?)?
Max January 01, 2013 at 12:26 AM
This is wonderful! How many times have you heard a kid say "Why do I have to learn this? How will this help me in life?" The practical application of knowledge is powerful however it is applied. What a great teacher!

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