DeSales University held its spring edition of the 13th annual Chemistry Demonstration Program on Tuesday, March 25, with chemistry faculty and several students participating. The event took place in the auditorium of the Hurd Science Center.
According to Dr. Rodger Berg, chair of the natural science department and head of the health care and natural science division, the popular science program is the natural science department's answer to the performing arts productions.
The program is designed to develop and foster an appreciation and interest in science among people, especially children. This is done through student-crafted performances based around chemistry experiments. After the performance, the students provide a detailed explanation of how the experiment was performed. Some highlights from this year's program include several explosions, a fire-breathing Godzilla head, and homemade ice cream. Skits were performed, such as who had the biggest balloon and dates that went wrong.
This year, the Chemistry Demonstration Program performed a shorter version of their show at the Lehigh Valley Science Festival held at Coca-Cola Park on March 22.
Participating students were chemistry, biology, or biochemistry majors. They performed in front of a packed auditorium full of students, children, and adults. Alumni of the program were also present.
During his introduction, Berg thanked Mr. and Mrs. James Nallo and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. for their financial support of the program. He also said the one factor that ultimately leads to the successful growth of this program: “We could not do this program without the hard work and efforts of our students.”
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