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

Photos from this year's Cool Chemistry (special thanks to Sarah Gruba) are available on the Department of Chemistry Facebook page, and Flickr.

Approximately 70 7th- and 8th-grade girls will enjoy a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations at the 10th annual Cool Chemistry Day, Saturday, April 25. 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, forensic chemistry, and polymers. 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 Laura Clouston, Nicole Gagnon, Sarah Gruba, Lindsay Johnson, Emily Keller, Jennifer Laaser, Hanna Macaranas, Elodie Marlier, Sadie Otte, Emily Pelton, Gabriella “Brie” Perell, Sarah Pound, Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Madalyn Radlauer, Bianca Ramirez, Kailey Soller, Jennifer Strehlau, Xin Yi See, Marie Vanderlaan, Amanda Vindedahl, Megan Weisenberger, and Letitia Yao.

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, BASF, Corning, Fisher Scientific, Oakwood Chemical, and Watkins & Associates.