ACS invites families to enjoy hands-on science in New Orleans

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2024 — Explore the wonders of chemistry with the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) Kids Zone, which is a free family science event. It will take place at the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center in New Orleans on Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. 

A group of kids doing science experiments with a volunteer.
A child and volunteer participated in a science experiment together during a previous ACS Kids Zone event.
Loris Guzzetta

“ACS Kids Zone are free public events organized for children and their families as a way to give back to the local community,” says Robin Polk, program manager for the Kids Zone. “The most exciting part of the program for me is seeing kids have fun, while simultaneously helping them better understand chemistry concepts.” This event is being held in conjunction with ACS Spring 2024.

For more details and to register for the family-friendly event, visit the ACS Kids Zone website. Registration is required in advance.

Activities that children and their families can participate in at the Kids Zone include:

Build-A-Battery Workshop
Make a voltaic pile powerful enough to light a small LED bulb. 

Explore Electrolytes
Experiment and learn which beverage makes the best battery. 

Pencil Electrolysis
Find out which bubbles are made of hydrogen and which are made of oxygen. 

Make-and-Take Paper Battery
Made of only paper, foil and saltwater, this small battery really works!

Soccer Ball Chemistry
Experiment with a deconstructed soccer ball to get the inside story on how it’s made. 

Hand it to Chemistry!
Let your hands reveal whether you and a special someone have chemistry. 

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