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Chemistry Open House Set For Oct. 19 At Texas A&M

The annual event features science displays, computer activities and numerous demonstrations and is free and open to the public.
By Shana K. Hutchins, Texas A&M University College of Science October 10, 2019

Student explains science experiment to child
the Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery, set for Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main Chemistry Building complex.

Texas A&M Science

In the spirit of all things scientific, occasionally explosive and all-around inspirational, the Texas A&M University Department of Chemistry is gearing up to host the 32nd annual  Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery, set for Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main Chemistry Building complex.

The open house is held annually in conjunction with National Chemistry Week, celebrated this year from Oct. 20-26 with the space chemistry theme, Marvelous Metals.

Visitors are encouraged to start their open house tours by checking in at the “Welcome” tent located at the intersection of Ross and Spence Streets adjacent to the Chemistry Annex to receive a free bag of scientific goodies. A secondary table will be situated in the plaza outside of the Chemistry Building at the intersection of Ross and Ireland Streets just north of the three red-brick water fountains. Free parking is available in Lot 51 north of the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, with additional paid parking to be found in the Northside Garage.

“The activities and demonstrations are for the entire community,” said Stephanie A. McCartney, First Year Chemistry Program lecturer and event organizer. “It’s a completely free event, and it’s part of the National Chemistry Week from the American Chemical Society. The undergraduates and graduate students that help out with our activities and demonstrations give very nice, basic scientific explanations of natural phenomena that occur in everyday life. The community loves this event, and it gets bigger and bigger each year.”

The day-long festival will be highlighted by four presentations of the popular Chemistry Road Show (9:30 a.m.,11 a.m.,12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.) in Room 100 of the main Chemistry Building. The show is recommended for all ages and includes popular science demonstrations, such as fires, explosions, weird polymers and super-cold materials. Please note that the free color-coded tickets for seating, which can be obtained at the welcome tent in the water-fountain plaza, are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to go quickly.

Hands-on and polymer experimentation, computer activities, guided laboratory tours and demonstrations also will be in progress throughout the day as part of the Science Exploration festivities. In addition to faculty, students and staff from the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biology and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, students from the College of Engineering and the Texas A&M chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) also will participate.

The Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery is sponsored in part by VWR Scientific, Hayden-McNeil Publishing, the Texas A&M College of Science, the Texas A&M University-American Chemical Society Local Chapter and the First Year Chemistry Program.

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