Dr. Webster takes the Magic of Chemistry to KidsTech


Dr. Webster, along with students Angela Gerard, Spencer Hayes and RU Chemistry Department alumnus Bekah Webster brought the excitment of the Magic of Chemistry show to those attending the Kids Tech event at Virginia State University. It was an amazing experience for all in attendance and the the presentation was titled “So what’s in that stuff … the everyday chemistry that surrounds us.”

Have you ever been to a fireworks show on the Fourth of July and wondered how those colors and loud bangs are really made? Do you want to know what’s really in those strips that make your teeth so white? Do you wonder how we could make a rocket using Ritz crackers or weld steel with a simple pepperoni stick?

What about extinguishing fire with your earwax?

Dr. Webster had an answer for all of those questions and much more. He conducted an interactive demonstration where youth experimented with things that were burning hot, frightfully cold, and things from the world of nanotechnology. Dr. Webster made science come alive as he tried to give the students a better understanding of the extraordinary chemistry of the ordinary things around us.

Kids Tech is a program held at Virginia State University produced by 4-H Extension Specialist Albert Reid. “Dr. Webster’s presentation was visually stimulating to the senses making students use their imaginations to ponder into fields of science in which they would have otherwise not given a second thought,” said Reid.

See the full article in the Progress-Index 

Nov 15, 2015
Chemistry Department