Chemistry Club planning demonstration at Eliza A. Baker Elementary School in April

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Chemistry Club members plan to have their second demonstration of the school year on either April 13 or 20 at Eliza A. Baker Elementary School in Indianapolis, although their plans are still tentative. Club members plan to perform the demonstrations after school in either the cafeteria or art room for approximately an hour for as many as 40 fourth and fifth graders, according to Ray Qian, club president and senior.

“Both our club members and the elementary school students really seemed to enjoy these (demonstrations),” Qian said via e-mail.

Club members have divided their labs into several categories: density, water, density/refraction and ice cream. Many of the labs include fun ways to teach the fourth and fifth graders lessons, according to club sponsor Virginia Kundrat. One of the most popular is a lab involving a substance that club members call Blue-y, a color-changing solution which turns blue when placed in a bottle and passed around for the kids to speak into.

The students will be split into three groups and rotated around the room to do the labs. At the end, the whole group will come together to make the ice cream.

“Some of the experiments are above the students’ age of understanding, but they are just fascinated by the color changes, bubbles and whatever,” Kundrat said.

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