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Dina Freedman Reporting Educators from Miami University of Ohio were in town and showing teachers and kids how use toys creatively in chemistry. Did they really make chemistry fun?
Believe it or not the teachers made chemistry a total blast! Well, they didn't light anything on fire, but they did use a lot of water and other simple props you might have lying around.
Fun sounds and sights with chemistry took place at the Discovery Gateway. Teachers, kids and parents were all there learning how to make science exciting.
Mickey Sarquis, Chemistry Educator: "We compressed it, made the pressure greater. When you flicked it, the air rushed from high pressure to low pressure> That's what creates our weather."
The magic behind this magic sand was all explained with science and is a way to learn about hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties.
Coleman Rock: "It sucks in air which forms, which makes it to form and the other one doesn't."
Using things you might have around the house like balloons and skewers, you can have a whole lesson about polymers.
The whole point of this is to show kids how fun science actually is, like we're using things called sodium polyacrylate. This is a super absorber, or what gets used in diapers. We just pour a tiny bit of this into this cup, now I put some water in here, and really quickly all that water is instantly absorbed.
Whoopee cushions and straws all relate to air pressure, while pounding on these yellow mylar balloons caused them to inflate....that's nitric acid and baking soda hard at work.
Bill Nikolai, Chemist and Dad: "They don't hear only bad things on the news, but they see fun, entertaining things and learn how activities actually work."
Taking a sometimes-difficult subject and making it interesting makes learning chemistry a snap.
The instructions for those experiments and more are all free. Just visit the links to the right.