On November 22nd, after two days of no sleep, plenty of bagels, and a few too many juiceboxes, we presented eight episodes of the Lakeville South High School Spectacular Science show. During the school day we presented to all 1,855 students in our school, followed by our 6:30pm grand finale in front of the Lakeville Community, Lakeville, Minn. Before the sun set, we had displayed the incredible power of chemistry to over 2,700 Lakevillians of all ages.
We began each show with a grand welcome: “Hello and welcome to Lakeville South’s Science Show 2013! Tonight I will be your MC….that is MC△T. During the next two hours, we will guide you through Moley Potter’s Chemistry Quest. Our lineup for tonight includes the Hydrogen Rocket, Vortex Cannon, Boo Bubbles, Flying Fish, Flaming Snowballs, Grain Elevator and much more. See before your eyes 140 film canisters shoot in the air, 20 balloons explode into fire, and a 50 gallon barrel implode with a few squirts of water…and let’s hope the electric pickle actually works! Put on your seatbelts and prepare to take a ride with us through pops, sizzles, crashes, and well…chemistry!”
We are the AP Chemistry students (and ACS ChemClub members!) at Lakeville South High School. We performed 33 experiments in the amazing, the magnificent, the life-altering Lakeville South Science Show (a.k.a. Chem Demo Day). Over the course of five November days we planned and perfected the most amazing display of chemistry the world has ever seen, with a Harry Potter twist.”
Audience member Maddie (a 6th grader) said after the show, “It was way cooler than I expected. It really makes me excited to take chemistry in high school.” Lisa King, AP English teacher at LSHS commented, “I thought Chem Demo was great. I brought my 6th grade daughter for the second year in a row. She asked if she could bring a friend this year because it was so great the year before. I think that it does a lot to show younger kids how ‘cool’ science is and how many older kids are interested in it. The weekend after the show, she and the friend figured out how to make “monster toothpaste” and made several batches.”
It wasn’t only spectators that enjoyed the Science Show. Current AP Chemistry
student (and talent behind Boo Bubbles), Annika Tureson, explained, “The demo was definitely the best thing we’ve done in AP Chem. It was super fun to do hands-on experiments and teach others about chemistry.”
The 2013 Chem Demo went down in the books as a huge success…definitely thermodynamically favored. It is undoubtedly an experience we will never forget. Although a few presenters took away some scrapes and bruises, and one slightly singed shirt, no one will ever forget the message…Chemistry for Life.