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Cool Chem 2013 engages junior high girls in science

Approximately 70 7th and 8th grade girls will enjoy a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations at the 8th annual Cool Chem Day, Saturday, April 27.
 Cool Chem 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 acid base reactions, solar cells, reaction rates, catalysts, polymers, chromatography, and forensic chemistry. There will be liquid nitrogen ice cream at lunch, and the day concludes with large-scale demonstrations, to which parents, friends, and families are invited.

Developed in 2005 by a group of graduate students, Cool Chem 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 Jen Bigelow, Laura Clouston, Jen DeGree, Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Megan Hoarfrost, Anna Komor, Becky Lindsey, Connie Lu, Deirdre Manion-Fischer, Audrey Meyer, Deanna Miller, Maria Miranda, Erin Mulholland, Emily Pelton, Sarah Pound, Debbie Schneiderman, Kailey Soller, Jennifer Soltis, Amanda Stemig, Stephanie Roe, Jacqui Tehranchi, Sarah Wegwerth, and Letitia Yao.

In addition to the Department of Chemistry, Cool Chemistry is partially funded by a number of sponsors, including the College of Science and Engineering, Fisher Scientific, GMG Services, the Office of Equity and Diversity, Sigma-Aldrich, and the University of Minnesota Bookstores. WISE would also like to thank Joe Franek, Chuck Tomlinson and Renee Wasylishin for their assistance.