Family Science Night at César Chávez Middle School on 07 September 2016

What do you get when you combine Back-to-School Night, Family Science Night, and the hottest day of the summer?  On September 7th, 2016, at César Chávez Middle School in Hayward, CA, we had over 100 students and parents who were thinking just one thing: Ice Cream!  They had to wait for it, while enjoying music by the Scientific Jam and a colorful chemistry show by Bryan Balazs.  California Section Chair Lou Rigali welcomed visitors and I introduced Dr. Sandra Sachs of the Oakland Police Department’s Criminalistics Laboratory.  Dr. Sachs and Tara Fahey, Police Forensic Specialist for the Napa Police Department, helped us bring to life this year’s National Chemistry Week theme, “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.”

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  • Another chemistry super hero
  • The long wait for liquid nitrogen ice cream is almost over.
  • His first molecular model: acetic acid!
  • ACS volunteer Boli Zhou assists a student with strawberry DNA extraction.
  • Extracting strawberry DNA.
  • Dr. Sandra Sachs (Criminalistics Laboratory, Oakland Police Department) with her exhibit on practical forensic analysis.
  • Exploring DNA-RNA base-pairing.
  • Aparna Mukherjee (CSU EastBay) explains DNA-RNA base-pairing.
  • Bryan Balazs (LLNL) creates a giant flame in a bottle.
  • The Scientific Jam Band opens the show.


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