Museum of Science and Industry

National Chemistry Week Celebration

October 27, 2012

Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for Grades 4-8, Grades 9-12.
  • Duration:
  • approx. 30 minutes
  • Date:
  • October 27, 2012
  • Location:
  • Balcony Level, E-Suite
    Museum Map
  • Tickets:
  • Included with Museum Entry

Hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See schedule at left.

What in the world isn’t chemistry?

In celebration of National Chemistry Week, the Museum of Science and Industry will host a series of Junior Science Cafes for middle school and high school museum guests. Led by professional chemists, cool demos ignite informal discussions in a fun and relaxed social setting. Interact with real scientists as you explore ideas and discoveries related to chemistry, challenge your own scientific curiosity, and find out what is it really like to be a scientist.

11:00 a.m. — Forensic Science: Fingerprints

Learn about the fingerprinting techniques and their role in solving crimes.  What are fingerprints made of? Take your own fingerprints and try to classify their pattern while seeing how we fit into the present classification system for searching fingerprints of past criminals.
With Dr. Karl Larsen
, Director of Graduate Studies for Forensic Sciences, University of Illinois, 

Noon — Energy Sources and Energy Conversion

We use energy all the time, whether we notice it or now.  Learn about types of energy, methods for converting energy, and all about nonrenewable vs. renewable energy sources.
With Christa Dahman, Postgraduate Research Intern, US Environmental Protection Agency,
and Josh Stenger, Analytical Chemist, Abbott Laboratories

1:00 p.m. — Chemistry of Beverages and Flavor

We are flavor chemists and we create flavors that go in to beverages by using knowledge of bio-chemistry to engineer artificial and natural flavors.  How is chemistry used to create a sports drink?  Learn all about flavor, electrolytes, and taste as you help design a sports beverage.
With Nana Antwi and Kathryn Frothingham, Beverage Technologists, Imbibe Beverage Experts,
and Aparna Oak, Junior Flavorist, Imbibe Beverage Experts 

2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Forensic Science: Blood Testing and Blood Splatters

Can we use chemistry to catch criminals?  Learn how things work in the biology unit of a crime lab.  Observe a demo involving blood testing and blood splatter examples.
With Lisa Ramos, Forensic Biologist, Michigan State Police

These cafés for middle and high school-age guests are included with Museum general admission.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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