International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Spring Arbor University Summer Science Camp

Activity by Thomas Kuntzleman   |   added on Apr 05, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

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Spring Arbor University (MI, USA) holds a week long, annual summer science camp. This year, the theme of our camp will be Celebrating the Intenational Year of Chemistry. Each day's activities will focus on the topics of the IYC: Environment, Energy, Materials, and Health, with a last day IYC celebration.

The theme of Spring Arbor (MI) University's annual summer science camp, held June 20 - 24, will be "Celebrating the International Year of Chemistry".  During the week, students in grades K - 8 will conduct activities and experiments in the university laboratories and on the campus lawn.  Parents and guardians will be encouraged to attend the week's events with students.  University students and faculty will perform 2 chemical demonstration shows each day for the students and their parents/guardians.  These shows will take place 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and noon - 12:30 p.m. each day.  The activities, experiments and demonstration shows will focus on the Environment, Energy, Materials and Health.  Listing all of the planned activities would be too extensive.  However, example activities and demonstrations include:

1.  Environment:  Students will breathe through a straw into water with cabbage juice indicator and a small amount of baking soda added.  By doing so, students will see the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide on solution pH.  Connections between carbon dioxide emissions, acid rain and pH of the ocean will be emphasized.

2.  Energy:  Students will explore the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source by observing demonstrations of exploding hydrogen balloons.  Students will also construct simple cars that are powered by the reaction between water and oxygen.

3.  Materials:  Students will bounce racquetballs cooled or warmed to different temperatures, make slime, and study the water-absorbing capability of super-absorbent polymers to gain insight into the characteristics of polymers. 

4.  Health:  Students will time how long it takes to burn different foods (marshmallows, potato chips, peanuts) to gain insight into the number of calories contained within the food.  Connections to energy in food will be made. 

Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, hands-on activities, demonstrations Audience: students, general public, educators, universities, teachers, educational institutions, school children


Vicente Pressutto JĂșnior | Jun 10, 2011 06:45PM

Good morning,
On morning, is the better time to experiments.
But it is necessary very attention to the experiments and a delicious breakfast.
I like the experiments with light and materials.
Vicente P. Jr.
Chemical Engineer


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