Students Prove Chemistry is Fun in Public Program, Tues., Nov. 1, at DeSales
Want to taste test ice cream made with liquid nitrogen? Or watch flaming balls roll across a bench? Well, here's your chance, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, November 1, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center at DeSales University. Chemistry, biology, and physician assistant students from DeSales will perform chemistry demonstrations involving methane, glycerin, acetic acid and many other chemicals. The program is open to the public free of charge. To reserve a seat for the public presentation on Nov. 1, please contact Renee Fair, secretary in the department of natural science at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1386, or Renee.Fair@desales.edu.
DeSales science students present the chemistry demonstrations, develop the concepts, research the chemistry underlying them, and create power-point presentations based on the reactions observed. This academic year, the programs are sponsored financially in part by Air Product and Chemicals.
The program is designed to educate kids on the key concepts of chemistry in a fun atmosphere, similar to that of a game show says Brad Bauer, senior chemistry and math dual major at DeSales from Bally, Pa. Students are surprised to see how fun chemistry can be and become involved by asking questions, cheering, and volunteering to participate. Teachers enjoy the program because the experiments use modern science that the kids can relate to in every day experiences.
Each year, the department of natural science and the chemistry faculty at DeSales sponsor about six programs in the fall and spring. The chemistry demonstrations began in the fall 2001, to promote chemistry and the natural sciences in schools through the heightened awareness of different areas of chemistry. Originally the program was designed for juniors and seniors in high school, but is now offered to students in grades 5 through 12.
On Tuesday, November 1, during chemistry week, the program will be available to the public free of charge for the first time. Dr. Rodger Berg, associate professor and coordinator of chemistry at DeSales, says that he wanted to make available to the public the opportunity given to students. Also during Harry in the Park Day in the summer 2004, DeSales students presented about 4 mini-demonstrations, and according to Berg the students were well received by the public.
During the fall semester 2005, some of the visual demonstrations include, Flamin' Rainbow, where different solutions are sprayed into a Bunsen burner flame and the result is a colored fireball, and The Ring of Fire, which involves six small piles of dark solid in a circle, then glycerin is placed on them and they ignite.
Also the presentation, Burning Down the House, exhibits combustion reactions involving methane gas, which results in a collection of flaming balls rolling across the lab bench.
In addition, ice cream is prepared using liquid nitrogen, which the audience can taste test, in an experiment called Cooking with Chemistry.
Marissa Lamparski, junior chemistry major at DeSales from Lansdale, Pa, enjoys delivering the demonstrations because she is able to bond with her classmates and professors, and share her love of chemistry.
Kate Sweny, junior physician assistant major and chemistry minor from Erie, Pa, stated that if her high school would have attended a program like the chemistry demonstrations at DeSales then she might have become a chemistry major, instead of just minoring in it.
For more information, or to reserve a seat for the public presentation on Nov. 1, please contact Renee Fair, secretary in the department of natural science at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1386, or at Renee.Fair@desales.edu.
Press Release: Students Prove Chemistry is Fun in Public Program, Tues., Nov. 1, at DeSales | Posted on: 10/21/2005
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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