FREE Hands-On Activities | Keynote Guest Speaker | Community Educational Outreach
National Chemistry Week @ Olive
What is it?
NCW (National Chemistry Week) is an annual initiative through the American Chemical Society (ACS). This year, Olive Children will be hosting a series of FREE community events aimed at extending STEM education to the next generation. This year's theme is Chemistry is out of this world!
When is it?
Sunday, December 2 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Olive Children Warm Springs (47385 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539)
Prof. Robert A. Downing III
"Reach for the Stars"
Professor Downing serves on the faculty of Fremont STEM and as a research advisor for the Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program. Mr. Downing has extensive experience in a variety of fields, and shares his expertise and his passion for seeing the universe with curiosity for the details and with appreciation for the big picture.
Schedule of Activities
Splitting Water, Making Air: Electrolysis
One of the challenges of space travel is providing astronauts and living things with oxygen to breathe. Students learn about the electrochemical properties of graphite while producing oxygen from the electrolysis of water.
UV Beads Capture Solar Energy from the Sun
Students learn about UV light by capturing solar energy in UV beads, and seeing how they glow! Additionally, students learn why protection from UV light is crucial to us on Earth and those exploring space!
Liquid Light: Fluorescence Painting
Students investigate the photochemical behavior of fluorescein, rhodamine, and other fluorescent and phosphorescent compounds, seeing how they store and emit light energy! Additionally, students learn how this chemistry may be important in illuminating dark space.
Splitting Light with Diffraction Gratings
White light is actually a collection of different wavelengths of light, each with a different color! Here, students split plain white light into wavelengths and learn about how chemists use diffraction and spectra to determine the composition of stars.