Pleasant View School’s 2015-2016 Activities

Our Pleasant View School ACS ChemClub has been very active this year. Our club activities are designed to help achieve our school’s goal in science to “foster an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.” We were able to do this over the course of the year with a variety of activities, including hosting a Science Expo, and organizing field trips to help clean up the shores of the Mississippi river in Memphis, and a visit to our local wastewater treatment plant.

Science Expo

Last January, Pleasant View School’s ChemClub in Memphis, Tennessee, opened the gym to pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students to display their Science Expo. A variety of science experiments were laid out: dry ice bubbles, milk fireworks, and an explosive volcano to name just a few. You can try similar experiments yourself take a look at Boo Bubbles and Interactive Colors in Milk. The electric energy of excited students and creative projects helped ensure that chemistry remains a subject that will continue to attract students for years to come. Continue reading “Pleasant View School’s 2015-2016 Activities”

Corning Museum Field Trip

Students learn about the pyroceramic material discovered by accident in the 1950s and now found commonly in the household kitchen as CorningWare® bakeware
Students learn about the pyroceramic material discovered by accident in the 1950s and now found commonly in the household kitchen as CorningWare bakeware

Recently, members of the South Williamsport Area ACS High School Chemistry Club, along with current & former chemistry students, traveled to theCorning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. The trip was part of a field trip sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and the school district’s Parent Teacher Organization. As a pre-requisite to attending the field trip, students were required to investigate and report on topics/techniques related to glass working and glass chemistry. This included the production of Pyrex and Gorilla Glass, the coloring of glass using various metal ions and artistic techniques used to create “ice glass”. Continue reading “Corning Museum Field Trip”

Science Center Field Trip

ChemClub members, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Physics students from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, explored the Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, in February 2016. Thanks to an ACS ChemClub Community Activities Grant and contributions from other sources, the students were able to take a Hotard Charter bus for the 3 1/2 hour trip to Shreveport. Students had the opportunity to explore hands-on activities for life science, environmental science, mathematics, astronomy, physics and of course, chemistry! Sci-Port has hundreds of different activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and simulators that allow visitors to exploreat their own pace.

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Seminole HS ChemClub Off to a Colorful Start

Greetings, from the newly formed Chemistry Club at Seminole High School, Seminole, FL! We are all so excited about this club and have done so many fun things so far! We started our first meet and greet session by dyeing goggles that we wear every time we have an activity (at every monthly meeting). Not only are our chemistry students interested in being a pSeminole_4art of the club, but our enthusiasm is contagious, as underclassman who haven’t even had a chemistry class are involved too. We’ve done fun experiments such as testing solubility rules by making hot chocolate, separating polymer letters from m&m candies, and doing radial chromatography t-shirts.

We partnered with the Seminole HS Technology Students Association to screen print “Life is an experiment, test your hypothesis” onto our colorful chemistry shirts. Thanks again to Mr. Winsey and his chemistry/equipment lesson after school!

We are heading into February and having our 1st ever Chem Cook-off (major ingredient-chocolate). Five teams of five ChemClub members each are working together to create a chocolate dessert without knowing what type of chocolate they will be given. We are working with the cooking teacher, Mrs. Whitfield, in her kitchen. Each group has their own recipe and will bring in their own basic ingredients, along with their creative flair. We are really looking forward to tasting all the scrumptious desserts that result.

In March, we will be studying how art and chemistry are related and work together by watching awesome video clips on beautifulchemistry.net. We are thinking about the nature of crystalline architecture as art.

In April, we will study the atmosphere and climate by doing the crushed can experiment and working with dry ice. We might possibly view a Bill Nye video on pressure.

In May, we are planning on talking about chemistry careers and having some University of Florida pharmacy students talk with the members.
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