From fake snow and scented balloons to disappearing cups and rainbow colored
solutions, Hillside 5th grade students learned about the wonder of chemistry
from the Niskayuna High School Chem Demos Club on Thursday, Jan. 28.
The 24 members of the club set up a series of stations in the Hillside Art Room that students rotated through to see concepts such as diffusion, air pressure imbalances, and polymers right before their eyes.
"It's exciting for us to see how excited they get," said senior Darius Irani.
The Chem Demos Club is comprised of students in grades 9-12, who explain concepts in chemistry through hands-on experiments at community events. They have presented at miSci and for scout groups, and will be on hand at Niskayuna High School Science Night for 5th grade students on March 10. The January Regents week schedule provided an opportunity to visit with Hillside students.
"When they see us doing these fun experiments, they get excited to come to the high school and take all of the science classes and be part of clubs like this," said senior Aparna Dutta.
"It's great to know we are teaching them about science and showing them it can be fun," added Priyanka Vijay, also a senior.
As Hillside teacher Jen Rafferty’s class prepared to go back to their classroom, high school Chemistry teacher and Chem Demos club advisor Jill Paquette said, "OK guys, this is the our last demo, do you have any questions?"
Yes, one student said: "Can we keep doing them?"