UCD Chemistry Magic Show: A Day in the Life of a Chemist

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach shows and demonstrations to schools, community groups, and UC Davis students. The annual audience of Chemistry Club events exceeds 2000 participants, ranging from 5-year old kids to seniors.

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UCD Chemistry Club members perform the Genie in a Bottle Demo at one of the 2014 Picnic Day shows.

This year the popular Chemistry “Magic Show” will again be part of the annual Picnic Day tradition at UC Davis on April 18, 2015 with a theme titled “A Day in the Life of a Chemist”. Shows will take place in Rock Hall at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm. Free tickets for all shows will be handed out at 8am. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to each show and no late seating will be permitted. This year, a number of the demonstrations have been altered to incorporate green chemistry principles and minimize the total waste accumulated during the show.

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The crowd at the Chemistry Magic Show reacts to one of the demonstrations.

In addition to the “Magic” Shows, enabled by a grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) as well as time contributed by dedicated volunteers, there will be an interactive hands-on science fair area in the Chemistry Courtyard featuring at least two of the following: Borax slime, alginate worms, and non-Newtonian fluids. This will be open from 10am-2pm where people can do chemistry activities and take some of their activities home as well.

Other Chemistry Club activities for the Spring Quarter include an ACS information session and field trip to Genentech on Monday, April 13th. We will continue to have our final exam review sessions the week before finals, as well as have a bake sale on Tuesday April 7th at the UC Davis Memorial Union.

For more information please visit Chemistry Club web-site https://sites.google.com/site/chemclubatucdavisor send an e-mail to ucdchemclubpres@gmail.com.

by Kate Gibson

Author: Bill Miller

Bill Miller is a Councilor of the Sacramento Section of the ACS. He also teaches chemistry at Sacramento City College.

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