Department reaches out to local elementary school

June 12, 2014

Prof. Wes Bernskoetter and two chemical physics concentrators engaged young minds in chemistry at a science conference held at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence on June 11, 2014. 
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Prof. Bernskoetter: Prof. Bernskoetter explains that sodium bicarbonate, when mixed with vinegar, results in CO2 formation.Prof. Bernskoetter: Prof. Bernskoetter explains that sodium bicarbonate, when mixed with vinegar, results in CO2 formation.Prof. Bernskoetter: The kids are amazed to see the balloon fill up with gaseous CO2.Prof. Bernskoetter: The kids are amazed to see the balloon fill up with gaseous CO2.

Prof. Bernskoetter demonstrated through a chemical reaction how chemists “see” gas molecules, which led to discussions on the role CO2 plays in climate change. 
 

Daniel and Layne: Daniel probes the class with questions while Layne writes out the chemical formula for water.Daniel and Layne: Daniel probes the class with questions while Layne writes out the chemical formula for water.Daniel and Layne: Daniel and Layne show the kids how to use electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas.Daniel and Layne: Daniel and Layne show the kids how to use electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas.

Daniel DeCiccio '15 and Layne Frechette '15 sparked interest through electrochemistry—their students split water molecules, made observations, and applied the lab experiment to the real world.

Dan, Layne, and Prof. Bernskoetter would like to thank our laboratory staff, John Geleney and Fred Guerzon, for their help setting up the demos..