Chemistry Day Returns to the Museum on Oct. 13



The Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society are hosting Chemistry Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The annual event is held to celebrate National Chemistry Week.

This year’s theme is "Nanotechnology: the Smallest Big Idea in Science," focusing on the nanoscience contributions to the environment, energy, materials, and health. This year’s event is the 26th collaboration between the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

“Over the years, Chemistry Day has made a tremendous impact on many in our geographical area and even across the state,” said Dr. Lydia Hines, a Western Michigan University Chemistry professor and an officer of the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society. “Patrons return to interact with volunteers, do hands-on activities and observe demonstrations throughout the Museum and outdoors. Our longevity has seen youngsters who have grown and now bring their own children to the event.” The Museum's annual Chemistry Day frequently draws over 1000 visitors.

Some of this year’s hands-on activities for children will include making “slime,” observations with water-repellant sand, shining pennies with household sauces, and learning about the size of ‘nano’ with diffusion and scented balloons. There will be educational materials available for children and adults.

Presenters at the activity are members of the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society, including faculty from WMU and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, chemists from industrial labs in the area, and a small number of retirees, as well as some students selected by faculty.

National Chemistry Week is an outreach program of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest single-science professional organization.

Admission to the Museum and participation in Chemistry Day activities is free.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.