May 12, 2014
Kate Dorsey

Chemistry Club Brings Fun Lessons to Youth

Members of the SLU Chemistry Club with youth from the Blumeyer Community Center.
Members of the SLU Chemistry Club with youth from the Blumeyer Community Center. Submitted photo

Saint Louis University's Chemistry Club led chemistry demos at the Blumeyer Community Center on March 24. The Blumeyer Community Center is a local community hub for residents in North City. The community center offers after-school programming five days a week for children aged 6 all the way through middle school, in addition to computer classes, GED tutoring, resume assistance and many other things.

Corey Richards, Emmy Mai, Xumei Chaney, Saketh Javvaji, Lisa Green and the Chemistry Club's faculty adviser Brent Znosko, Ph.D., all traveled to the Community Center to lead the chemistry demonstration.

They used film canister rockets to instruct about states of matter, red cabbage indicator to teach students about acids and bases and "slime" (glue and borax) to teach them about polymers.

The chemistry demonstration is part of an on-going effort to expose children to new ways of seeing and understanding the world. Other clubs and classes on campus are encouraged to reach out to Erika Humphreys at erika.humphrey@urbanstrategiesinc.org to offer one-time and on-going support for this initiative.

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