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K-12 Science 2 Schools Traveling Science Programs: Is it Chemistry or Magic?

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Program Title:
Is it Chemistry or Magic?
Illinois State University (ISU) and American Chemical Society (ACS) Normal, IL, United States
Geographical Area:
National as per ACS support allows
Regional as per ISU support allows
General Description:
When professional firefighters or law enforcement officers visit public school classrooms, they dress and act according to their professional roles. More often than not the chemist's visit involves funny t-shirts, cute hats, and silly behavior. Thus many chemical outreach presentations support the very stereotypes that the profession has come to deplore. The presentation "Is It Chemistry or Magic?" illustrates that chemical outreach programs can convey the profession's important messages with drama, humor, and dignity. Further, the presentation illustrates that these messages can be conveyed with very simple and inexpensive materials that can be packed in the trunk of a single car. While the demonstrations that are involved in this presentation are entertaining, they also illustrate some very fundamental chemistry associated with modern technology and planet earth.

Drs. Rothenberger and Webb have presented "Is It Chemistry or Magic?" at colleges, high schools, junior high schools, and elementary schools throughout the United States. They have been featured at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and at the Chicago Academy of Sciences. They are committed to the idea that chemical outreach is the responsibility of every member of the profession.
Area of Science:
Target Grade Levels:
K through Adult
Target Group Size:
Approximately 200 Maximum
Free, but limited by ACS or ISU support issues. Since ACS and/or ISU support is variable, the presentation can be made available if travel expenses are covered.

The information contained in this page is accurate as of September, 2007.