Chemists to inspire a passion for science in children

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 — Kids and families can learn more about the fascinating world of chemistry through hands-on learning activities at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event, “Exploring Our World through Chemistry,” is sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in advance of their annual meeting.

Interesting demonstrations led by ACS members and the Franklin Institute include:

  • Dusting for Fingerprints: Fingerprints are a sticky residue made up of oil and sweat from your fingertips and they contain fat molecules and proteins. Fingerprints are easily visible using a dark powder in this hands-on activity.
  • Floating Letters: Properties of M&Ms® and Skittles® candies are explored. Using chemistry, kids determine how the candies you love melt in your mouth and not in your hands.
  • Iron for Breakfast: Iron, an essential nutrient, is extracted from breakfast cereal using a strong magnet. Kids and parents alike are amazed at the properties of this element.

Photo opportunities: Philadelphia youngsters engage in hands-on science activities.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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