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Chemistry Day

Chemistry Day

Sat October 8, 2016 12-4 p.m.

Chemistry Day has combined with crime scene investigation in a "who-done-it" mystery at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on October 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Forensic Chemistry, this year’s National Chemistry Week theme, incorporates blood typing, fiber analysis, fingerprinting, and more, allowing visitors to help solve the case of the stolen meteorite. Yearly favorites like slime, liquid nitrogen, and dry ice will also be available. Admission to the Museum and the program is free!

For 30 years now, chemists from Pfizer, Kalsec, MPI, Kellogg, the Air Zoo, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and local high schools have collaborated with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum to show how chemistry is an exciting part of our everyday lives.

Children and adults of all ages will love the Chemical Volcano, Inflation Station, Elephant Toothpaste, Bathbombs, Gak Lab, Insta Snow, Magic Sand, Indicators, Dancing Milk, Slime, Liquid Nitrogen, Dry Ice, being a PharmaSleuth, playing with Pigments, and investigating Iron in Our Cereal. Penny press collectors, we have a treat for you! Discover how to clean a penny using kitchen chemistry, then turn it from copper to gold-colored before using one of our four penny press designs. This will be a special addition to your collection!

Clever crime solvers will love our second floor CSI mystery! Scotland Yard is working with local police to figure out how and why a rare authentic meteorite was stolen from the Challenger Learning Center. Local chemists will be leading evidence analysis to help visitors eliminate suspects and solve the crime. Help us celebrate this 30-year anniversary in style with a complex "who-done-it" for our local visitors who have grown up with Chemistry Day!