Experiments conducted in Gorton Quad in honor of National Chemistry Week

Danny Penera

Mathematical equations and obscure jargon, are some images that come to mind when the word “science” is uttered. Students at City College did their part to void those stereotypes while celebrating National Chemistry Appreciation Week on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Every November, Chemistry classes at City College honor National Chemistry Appreciation Week by performing experiments in the Gorton Quad.
Tuesday’s celebration consisted of students from City College Professor Theresa Bolaños’ classes working stands where passersby could conduct chemistry experiments with real world applications.
People from all age groups participated in the events. These activities were visited by both college professors and children from the daycare service.
Participants walked away with many things not usuallly the result of a chemistry class experiment. Stands like the silly putty table reassured people that not all chemicals are for serious functions.
Aside from the silly putty stand, the super ball, quicksand, and slime stands aimed to entertain those who stopped by.
The experiments offered an increased stock of information. All the experiment stands were run by one of Bolaños’ students and although some technical terms were used, no formal knowledge was needed. Each of the students gave a brief explanation of what they were doing and guided participants step by step.
“This was the chemistry class’s way of showing off some of the fun applications of chemistry,” said Bolaños.
Even the people who had conducted the experiments countless times where having fun.
Chemistry student Sebastian Law enjoyed doubling mixtures and using various colors to fulfill his own scientific vision.
Other students, like Kristy Wishmeyer, who worked the slime experiment, remained enthusiastic throughout the day despite performing the same experiment numerous times.
It is this very enthusiasm and enjoyment that epitomizes what National Chemistry Appreciation Week is all about, showing that Chemistry is truly valued, if not all over the nation than at least at City College.