KU Carnival of Chemistry, Nov. 18

The 17th annual Carnival of Chemistry will be held in Malott Hall on the KU main campus from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. Parking and admission are free.

Preschoolers, elementary school students, and middle school students are usually the most enthusiastic attendees, but older students and parents are also encouraged to participate!

We look forward to presenting the award-winning Spectrapult, Physics Wonder Room, festive face painting, and Cookie Walk of Elements, along with several new exhibits on the chemistry of soft drinks.

Review of the 2011 Carnival:

The KU Chemistry Club is dedicated to spreading chemistry love and awareness throughout the University and community.

View photos from the 2011 Carnival of Chemistry here.

Hundreds of children roamed Kansas University’s Malott Hall on Sunday, an unusually young crowd for the college building.

They were attending the 16th annual Carnival of Chemistry, hosted by the KU chemistry department. This year’s edition, “Chemistry — Your Health, Your Future,” emphasized the chemistry behind medicine and health. Children and their parents spent three hours soaking up the information.

“The advancements we associate with our quality of life are really due in large part to chemistry principles,” said Roderick Black, director of laboratories for the KU chemistry department.

Organizers converted labs and classrooms into educational workshops, teaching kids about science and health. Volunteers from KU and local high schools led the activities.

“Kids usually really like things that are either explosive or gooey,” Black said. And there was plenty of that. There was the Slime Pit, where kids learned the science behind goo. Lear Eicher, a 7-year-old from Lawrence, said he enjoyed making glue there.

Walk down a flight of stairs, and you could hear explosions, laughter and cheers — the sound of children learning about science and enjoying it, too. The noise was part of the KU Chemistry Club’s Frozen Flames Chemistry “Magic” show. KU students performed a variety of acts, several of which momentarily resulted in fires and loud noises.

Tina Haladay said it was a great opportunity for her daughter Emmalyn. The 10-year-old loves chemistry but hasn’t gotten the chance to learn much about it in school.

Amanda Glass, a graduate student at KU, taught children about light. They wore special glasses that made the different colors of light visible. The children seemed to especially enjoy this activity, and Glass said she enjoyed teaching kids about science. “The younger we can get them excited about it, the better,” Glass said.

Follow this link for the complete Lawrence Journal World article, Nov. 20, 2011

For more information, see the informational flyer at http://www.chem.ku.edu/17th-annual-carnival-chemistry-returns

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