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Chemistry Day

Chemistry Day

Sat October 14, 2017 12-4 p.m.

Get ready to rock out chemistry style! This year’s National Chemistry Week theme is “Chemistry Rocks!” Celebrate the 31st anniversary of Chemistry Day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on October 14 from 12-4 p.m., co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society. Yearly favorites plus a variety of rock, mineral, and crystal demonstrations will be available for families of all ages. Admission to the Museum and this program is free.

Children and adults of all ages will love demonstrations and experiments on slime, oobleck, elephant toothpaste, magic sand, insta-snow, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, chemiluminescence, and acid and base indicators. Rock- and mineral-related activities include growing crystals, hot ice, and analyzing CaCO3 found in limestone and eggshells. Discover which rocks glow in the dark, how to test the hardness of rocks and minerals, which minerals can be found in health products, and how to grow stalactites and stalagmites. This year, the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society will have a display of rocks and minerals. 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!

Work with chemists from Pfizer, Kalsec, MPI, Kellogg, the Air Zoo, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and local high schools to discover how chemistry is an exciting part of our everyday lives.