Bouncy balls, bubbles, and sand, oh my! The Oswego Chemistry
Club sponsored a youth-oriented kickoff to National Chemistry Week in Snygg
Hall Oct. 19.
The public event allowed children to explore the world of chemistry
in a fun way.
“I love chemistry!” said Tommy as he participated in
activities including creating bouncy balls out of household items like glue and
cornstarch; blowing huge soap bubbles and exploring “magic sand” that never
This year’s theme, “Chemistry — It’s Elemental” celebrated
the periodic table.
Chemistry Professor Venera Jouraeva said, “The event is
intended to increase the awareness of the fun of chemistry.” The idea behind
National Chemistry Week is to generate positive messages about chemistry to
create a constructive change to its reputation among youngsters and to promote
enthusiasm in children.
Faculty children Lisa and Laura chimed in unison, “I like
all the cool experiments and I want to be a science teacher someday!” The
community-based annual event began in 1987 by the American Chemical Society
with a goal of influencing millions of businesses, schools and individuals
along with children of all ages.
— Jessica Pascal ’11
Martha Bruch of the
chemistry faculty with twins Trey and Jace Seguin, first graders at
Kingford Park Elementary School, demonstrating how chemicals can
interact to produce unexpected colors.
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