Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy Lab Open to the Public

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is hosting “Candy Lab! The Sweet Chemistry of Candy,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Science and Mathematics Center, Room 265. The talk is part of the Project GreenLab Discussion Series.

Gummy bears, Life Savers, chewing gum, cotton candy – a lot can be done with sugar. This discussion focuses on the science and chemical reactions that occur in making some favorite sugary treats.

In celebration of National Chemistry Week (October 20-24), join the scientists from the BSU Project GreenLab and discover the wonders of chemistry through candy. This fun, interactive discussion will offer hands-on activities. Participants will whip up edible gummy capsules, run M&M reactions, try a little candy chromatography, and put some sour candies through an acid and base test.

The Project GreenLab discussion series focuses on developing a better understanding of the role of chemicals in our daily lives. Following the GreenLab discussion, participants are invited to visit the BSU Observatory for their weekly viewing of the night skies.

The mission of Project GreenLab is to bring the Principles of Green Chemistry into research, curriculum development and outreach education. Project GreenLab is an outreach initiative of the Bridgewater State University Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE).

Pizza, soft drinks and cookies will be provided. This GreenLab event is open to the campus community and to the general public, and is appropriate for children and adults.

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