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College Holds 23rd Annual High School Chemistry Night

Students Conduct Demonstrations with Names Like 'Elephant's Toothpaste' and 'Dripping Faucet'

October 21, 2010

Sam Smith, a sophomore chemistry student at Wilmington College, conducts the chemistry demonstration known as

Sam Smith, a sophomore chemistry student at Wilmington College, conducts the chemistry demonstration known as "Dripping Faucet" in which, using dry ice and dish soap, carbon dioxide rises up a tube and creates large gas bubbles, which dropped from the "faucet" like clouds into Smith' cupped hands.

Students from five area high schools had a taste of college chemistry Tuesday (Oct. 19) as Wilmington College presented the 23rd annual High School Chemistry Night.

The students viewed chemistry demonstrations — many featuring visual effects like smoke, fire, ghost-like vapors or erupting foam. They had names like “Elephant’s Toothpaste” and “Dripping Faucet.”

WC chemistry students conducted the demonstrations and later instructed the high schools in small group settings on how they did it.

Students attended from East Clinton, Blanchester, Hillsboro, Greenview and Loveland high schools.

Following a welcome and introductions by the chemistry faculty and James Reynolds, vice president for academic affairs, Terry Miller, director of graduate studies, pointed out teaching opportunities for college chemistry graduates.

Summer McBrayer answered questions in the “Quiz the Chemist” portion of the program. She is a 2002 WC graduate and chemist at Alkermes Corp., Also, Mark Denniston, vice president for enrollment management and strategic planning, spoke on “What to Look for in a College.”

Chemistry professors Alfred Conklin and Dore Meinholtz concluded the formal program with a presentation of awards to the high school students for the best demonstrations.

Wilmington College’s Chemistry Department and the American Chemical Society are co-sponsors of High School Chemistry Night.