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LSU Chemistry Department and Baton Rouge ACS to Host Super Science Saturday

10/27/2010 03:35 PM

An LSU undergraduate chemistry major pours liquid nitrogen (-321 F) into ballons during a Super Science Saturday demonstration.

 

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Chemistry, Baton Rouge American Chemical Society, or ACS, and the LSU Athletic Department will host a spooky-themed Super Science Saturday on Oct. 30 in the LSU PMAC on North Stadium Dr. from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Everyone is invited to participate in fun, hands-on chemistry and science exhibits suitable for all ages. Representatives from student organizations, the chemistry department, local companies, universities and the Baton Rouge ACS will conduct simple experiments with participants.

 

Typical experiments include: making urethane foam insulation; silver and gold pennies; silly putty-like materials; examining acid-base reaction chemistry; demonstrating the gas laws using liquid nitrogen and balloons; exploding bubbles to illustrate the chemical concept of stoichiometry; and 50,000 V Tesla Coils.

 

“In past years we have held this at the Maddox Field House; this is our first year using the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for this event,” said event organizer and Cyril and Tutta Vetter Louisiana Fund Alumni Professor of Chemistry George C. Stanley. “We are very appreciative to Joe Alleva and the Athletic Department for supporting this science education and outreach event.”

 

Some of the organizations participating this year include: ExxonMobil; Albemarle; BASF; LSU Chemistry Graduate Students; LSU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society; LSU National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, or NOBCChE; LSU student members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, or AIChE; LSU Physics Student Honor Society; LSU Food Science; LSU GeauxTeach & Cain Center; Our Lady of the Lake College; Southern University NOBCChE; and Southeastern Louisiana University chemistry students.  

 

Admission is free, but the organizers request a non-perishable item for donation to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

 

Small gifts will be given to those who participate in all the exhibits. All activities can be completed in one to two hours. For more information, contact Stanley at 225-578-3471 or visit www.chemistry.lsu.edu/acsbr.

 

Download Super Science Saturday poster.

LSU Research Communications
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