FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 2, 2013
Science, Education, Features Editors.
Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.gov ; 919.707.9837
Museum’s Chemistry Day highlights Energy: Now and Forever, Saturday, October 12
RALEIGH—The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina section of the American Chemical Society have teamed up once again to present Chemistry Day on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum, located in downtown Raleigh at the corner of Jones and Salisbury streets. All of the Chemistry Day activities will take place in the Main Museum. Free. This year’s theme is “Energy: Now and Forever.”
Chemistry is a physical science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions. At Chemistry Day, kids and adults discover that there is more to chemistry than just protons and neutrons as they participate in hands-on chemical experiments, and enjoy exhibits and special presentations. Some of those experiments include testing the density of liquids with water and recyclable plastics, identifying plastics that shrink in the oven, and using iodine and starch to test for Vitamin C.
Exhibitors from the American Chemical Society, GlaxoSmithKline, North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, will be on hand to talk about chemistry experiments at home, water as a fuel source, food batteries, fun with dry ice and the fundamentals of energy.
Dr. Sol Levine from the American Chemical Society will give the lecture, “States of Matter,” several times throughout the day inside Windows on the World located on the 3rd floor of the Main Museum. For more information about Chemistry Day, contact Bonnie Eamick at 919.707.9890.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St. and 121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, is the state's most visited cultural attraction. It is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world, drawing them into the intriguing fields of study that are critical to the future of North Carolina. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at www.naturalsciences.org . Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director; John E. Skvarla III, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Pat McCrory, Governor.