Sat October 17, 2015 12-4 p.m.
Kick off National Chemistry Week by exploring the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light along with our yearly favorites. This year’s theme? “Chemistry Colors Our World!” The Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society will host local chemists as they provide your yearly favorites as well as a colorful selection of new experiments. All hands-on activities are free Saturday, October 17, from noon to 4 p.m.
The 29th Chemistry Day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum unites scientists from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Gull Lake High School, Kalsec, Pfizer, and the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society to explore and share a variety of family-friendly experiments that will amaze and surprise you.
Discover chemiluminescence, the science behind glow-in-the-dark. Use paper chromatography to make colorful butterflies. Have fun with magic colored sand and Insta-snow. See a volcano erupt with lava and ash. Learn how to measure food using light or how to clean pennies with hot sauce. Make and take home your own container of slime. See colorful fireworks explode in milk, put together a glow-in-the-dark bracelet, and start your own salt crystal garden. Teachers and home school parents can load up on free educational materials to conduct your own experiments with your students. This fun, entertaining, and educational experience is a yearly favorite that never fails to deliver! “Patrons return to interact with volunteers, do hands-on activities, and observe demonstrations throughout the Museum and outdoors. Our longevity has seen youngsters who have grown and now bring their own children to the event,” Lydia Hines reported. Chemistry Day truly is a community tradition!