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Otterbein’s Mad Scientists Show Community Kids that Chemistry can be Fun

Otterbein’s Mad Scientists Show Community Kids that Chemistry can be Fun


By Alli Bates ’16

Midnight Madness is a popular annual event in Uptown Westerville. Some Otterbein students head Uptown during that event for the costumes, hayrides, music and more. But some students—members of the Otterbein chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS)—are there for a different reason. These mad scientists are showing community kids that chemistry can be fun!

ACS is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Otterbein's chapter focuses on spreading and sharing science on campus and in the community.

This organization allows students of chemical science to protect the knowledgeable motivation that comes from professional association, to achieve skill in bestowing technical material before chemical audiences, to build professional relationships with other members and to make others aware of the responsibilities and challenges of a current chemist.

“During Midnight Madness, the ACS students handed out glow slime to children with instructions so that they can try it themselves at home. We also had a dry ice bubble demo,” said chapter president, Elizabeth Isaac.

The American Chemical Society planned this event by brainstorming fun scientific concepts that children would be interested in.

“Who doesn't love slime? Our slime is glow in the dark, meaning it shows the concept of phosphorescence. That sounds technical, but really it just means that light is absorbed and then released again,” said Isaac.

Otterbein’s chapter also participated in Otterbein’s Homecoming this year, with a periodic table made of cupcakes.

“We currently have ten members and are always looking for more! People don’t need be a chemistry major to join. They just have to love science. The thing I love most about being president is the ability to make science more approachable. Chemistry is a pretty daunting subject, but I love it and love sharing it with others,” said Isaac.

 

Learn more about Otterbein’s Chemistry Department.

Discover all the events and programs the American Chemical Society offers on their website.

Contact Elizabeth Isaac for more information on the Otterbein ACS chapter.