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Cool Chemistry offers hands-on chemistry to 7th-8th grade girls

Approximately 60 7th- and 8th-grade girls will enjoy a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations at the 11th annual Cool Chemistry Day, Saturday, April 16. Cool Chemistry is planned, organized, and executed by the Chemistry Chapter of Women in Science & Engineering (WISE).

This year's workshops feature hands-on experiments demonstrating a variety of chemical principles, including Energy, Bubbles and Glow, Fantastic Plastics. There will be liquid nitrogen ice cream break. 

Developed in 2005 by a group of graduate students, Cool Chemistry is designed to engage junior high girls in science, particularly chemistry, by providing an environment where they can work together to use the scientific process of questioning, hypothesizing, and experimenting to solve problems.

This year's volunteers include Courtney Elwell, Nicole Gagnon, Sarah Gruba, Natalie Hudson-Smith, Lindsay Johnson, Clare Johnston, Emily Keller, Jennifer Laaser, Anna LUke, Hanna Macaranas, Amanda Maxwell, Sadie Otte, Emily Pelton, Sunipa Pramanik, Bianca Ramirez, Kailey Soller, Jennifer Strehlau, Letita Yao, Katie Youmans, and Megan Weisenberger.

In addition to the Department of Chemistry, Cool Chemistry is partially funded by a number of sponsors, including the Women's Center, Office for Equity And Diversity, Department of Chemistry, Fisher Scientific, Watkins & Associates, WuXi, and Papa John’s.