Celebrating the wonders of chocolate and chemistry: A hands-on science community event

SALT LAKE CITY, March 2, 2009 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring a hands-on science activity for area youngsters and their families about chocolate and chemistry on Saturday, March 21, 2009, during the ACS national meeting.

The activities, which will be conducted under the supervision of area chemists, will offer many wonderful opportunities for video and still photography of youngsters experiencing the wonder and excitement of doing their own colorful hands-on chemistry experiments and enjoying the sweetness of chocolate.

What: Celebrating the Wonders of Chocolate and Chemistry

The American Chemical Society will host hands-on activities for children and their families to learn about the connections of chemistry with chocolate. The hands-on activities will include a demonstration of how chocolate can serve as an acid neutralizer; testing the number of electrolytes in your favorite chocolate beverages; and giving attendees a white chocolate rose. Two lectures on chocolate will also be given and chocolate samples will be available. The first 1000 attendees will receive free admission to the museum.

Who: Hosted by the American Chemical Society

Where: Discovery Gateway Museum, 444 West 100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

When: Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Mountain Time

Why: A community outreach program designed to show how chemistry contributes to our quality of life.


For further information, please contact:

Nancy McCormick-Pickett

202-437-2873 (Salt Lake City, March 20 – 26)

202-872-4381 (Washington, D.C.)

Michael Bernstein

801-534-4748 (Salt Lake City, March 21-25)

202-872-6042 (Washington, D.C.)