National Meeting Sugar-High

With goggles too big for their heads, and chocolate smudged on their tiny faces, hundreds of elementary school kids learned chemistry the fun way. The outreach event took place this afternoon at the Discovery Gateway Museum in Salt Lake City. In one activity, kids learned how chocolate can neutralize acids. In another, kids learned how chocolate milk contains more electrolytes than Gatorade. Student affiliate groups led the various experiments. Here are some highlights of this afternoon's Chocolate Fest, a presidential outreach event organized by the ACS Office of Community Activities and the Committee on Community Activities.    img_9186.jpg This little girl is examining her pH paper after dipping it in a solution containing chocolate and vinegar. img_9233.jpg These boys are doing the same pH expriment using chocolate and vinegar. img_9126.jpg This girl is putting the finishing touches on a white chocolate rose. img_9253.jpg These girls are sniffing for chocolate through the balloons. img_9099.jpg This girl draws up vinegar using a pipette. img_9273.jpg This boy is testing various liquids, including chocolate milk, for electrolytes.

Author: Linda Wang

Associate Editor, Chemical & Engineering News

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3 Comments

  1. Linda–I love your national meeting posts. Neil

  2. Thanks so much, Neil!

    Linda

  3. Ah, but there was a time, not long ago, when learning chemistry the fun way involved blowing stuff up. And I don’t mean chocolate-filled balloons! That often ended in tears, as I recall. Perhaps the cholcolate high is better.

    RM