State Fair 2019! Market Science Returns

Thank you to the lab who made a return trip to Market Science at the MN State Fair. We had ~275 participants and made >180 batches of slime!

Chemistry at the State Fair!

Once again, on STEM day at the state fair, we taught everyone how cool chemistry is! From learning about ocean acidification to making a hidden message (or some slime!) everyone had a good time. Thanks to Market Science (https://marketsci.org/) for helping us spread our love of chemistry!

Market Science at Linden Hills Farmers Market

We went to Linden Hills to share our love of chemistry with a new farmers market! We told them about climate change and how that affects water pH, as well as ocean life, and we showed them how to write secret messages using pH indicators. As always, making slime was DEFINITELY a crowd favorite. To learn more about Market Science, visit their website https://marketsci.org/

STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair!

In collaboration with Market Science (https://marketsci.org/), we went to the state fair to teach kids from all over about how fun chemistry can be! I don't know who had more fun: the kids, the adults, or us volunteers! Overall, we taught over 400 people about ocean acidification, precipitation reactions, catalysis, and how to make slime!To learn more about STEM Day at the state fair, visit http://www.mnstatefair.org/entertainment/special_days_events.html or https://www.facebook.com/MNSTEMDay/

Chemistry Market Science Again

Our Chemistry Market Science exhibit was so popular that we got asked back! This time, we went to the Nokomis Farmer's Market. We were so busy though, teaching everyone the joys of chemistry, that we forgot to take pictures. But at least we spread our knowledge and hopefully our love of chemistry.

Our first lab-wide outreach

This year at Market Science, we did our own demonstrations, instead of helping others! We're the only physical science exhibitors at Market Science (*gasp*)! Thank goodness we were there to teach our future scientists that chemistry is obviously the best science! We may have lured almost 200 people to our booth with slime, but they had a fun time learning about ideal gas laws, acid/base chemistry, and ocean acidification. Hopefully we inspired some adults too to realize that chemicals aren't that scary at all (but maybe a little messy).

Prof. Topczewski and Amy help out at Market Science... with Corn!

Prof. T and Amy helped out at Market Science at the Midtown Farmer's Market. Market Science "is a collective of scientists from the University of Minnesota, and around the Twin Cities, sharing science through hands-on learning activities for kids, answering scientific questions for market goers, and creating conversations between researchers and their communities." If you want to learn more about it or get involved, go to https://marketsci.org/ !