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Chemistry Students Host Interactive Event for Local Kids

March 30, 2016

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Chemical reactions are all around us. From striking a match to an oxidized penny, chemistry is present in our everyday lives whether we realize it or not. TLU students are once again sharing their passion for science with families in the community at the second annual CHAOS event on March 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jackson Park Student Activity Center.

CHAOS, which stands for Chemistry Happens with Adventurous Outstanding Scientists, is an opportunity for TLU students to shine while educating the greater Seguin community about the wonders of chemical reactions. Sponsored by the Pi Rho Chemistry Club, the free, hands-on event will feature some at-home experiments, as well some more explosive “don't try this at home” chemistry.

Children will be able to conduct their own experiments with the help of Pi Rho students, learn what it means to be a scientist, and enjoy some exciting demonstrations like Making Cave Pain (i.e. Rust), the Wacky World of Polymers, the famous Flying Pig of Science, Flaming Gummy Bears, Thirsty Beaker, and a few new amazing demonstrations.

Pi Rho President Machell Riske always wanted to create a fun, interactive event where TLU students could share the power and fun of science with local children. She hopes this year will be even more successful than the 2015 event.

“We perform all of the demonstrations we would usually share at elementary school visits to really 'spark' their interest,” Riske, senior biochemistry major, said. "This year, we’ll feature hands-on activities like making foams and polymers, as well as the science and history behind rust. I'm really excited to see how this year goes since we’re expecting an even larger crowd.”

Pi Rho Vice President Johnny Olivares said the event allows him to teach others about chemistry while still having fun with experiments he and fellow students always get to do in the classroom.

“CHAOS is fun for the kids and the kids are what make CHAOS fun,” Olivares, junior double major in chemistry and mathematics, said. “The moment we see their faces in awe, and the excitement they get from the demonstrations is one of the many things I love about being there. We’re exposing them to the joys of being a science major.”