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TCC physics professor goes viral for wild classroom experiments

One of his students posted a montage of his class stunts, and the video took off. Dr. David Wright said he likes to make physics fun for everyone.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — In Dr. David Wright’s physics class at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, every day brings a new surprise.

“Physics is fun,” said the energetic teacher. “I want people to know that. I tell people it’s everywhere.

For 45 years, the Magnetic Energy Ball has brought textbook lessons to life with crazy stunts in the classroom.

Whether it’s bouncing on a pogo stick, stomping through hallways, or laying on a bed of nails, his lessons never fail to entertain a class full of students.

“Traditionally, physics is very boring,” Dr. Wright said. “It’s just a bunch of math, but I wanted it to come to life, so I figured if I had fun teaching the class, my students would love to come.”

The professor’s class stunts on Wednesday went viral after one of his students posted a editing stunts on Twitter.

Since then, the video has been viewed millions of times.

TCC students Erica Church and Kierra Brothers filmed the videos.

“It was crazy, from day one. From the day we walked into class,” Church said.

Church said she will never forget her class, which is a roller coaster ride.

When the enthusiastic teacher isn’t off on a whirlwind adventure, he’s in the classroom doing what he loves: teaching and making his students smile.

“They turn on, and they’re excited about it and it makes me want to get them excited about science, because most of them don’t want to be there,” Dr Wright said. “They have to take the course, and it’s my job to convince them that you really want to know this stuff, it’s cool, and it involves everyone in the world!”

His demonstrations go beyond making physics exciting.

Along the way, the brilliant science genius has also taught his students a valuable lesson: everything is so much more fun when we can be ourselves.

“I have to be who I am, I can’t be anyone else,” Dr. Wright said.


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