Students engage children with hands-on science activities at Family Mole Night

November 9, 2012

Family Mole Night

The Chemistry Department hosted a “Family Mole Night” in celebration of National Chemistry Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Chemical Society. It was held on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Coykendall Science Building.

“Family Mole Night” included hands-on science activities and demonstrations that introduce children to fun and playful ways of learning about science. Activities ranged from “Nanoparticles in your sunscreen,” in which participants experimented with ultraviolet beads, to “Dementor’s Kiss Ice Cream,” a tasty introduction to liquid nitrogen. Each of the activities highlighted this year’s theme: “Nanotechnology! The smallest big idea in science.”

The event was attended by more than 40 children, aged 8-12 years old, who were guided through the activities by New Paltz undergraduate students. “Family Mole Night is a great opportunity for young children in our area to visit our labs and see the facilities at the college,” said Chemistry Department Chair Professor Pamela St. John. “In addition to bringing awareness of chemistry into the local community, the event also gave New Paltz students a chance to teach residents about the role of chemistry in everyday life.”

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