Have you ever wondered what chalk, rocks and ghost crystals have in common? Chemistry! Chemistry teachers and supporters of the American Chemical Society at Fort Worth Country Day are teaming up with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to explore these concepts and more during National Chemistry Week, October 24-28, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This year’s theme for the event is “Chemistry Rocks!”
This is the fourth year in a row that FWCD Upper School students have been involved in the event. On October 26 (Parent-Teacher Conference Day), Honors Chemistry students and Upper School Science Teacher Christy Alvear will be at the museum from 1:30-4 p.m. for the Homeschool Afternoon. Upper School Chemistry Teacher Shaen McKnight and AP and Honors Chemistry students will be at the museum on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nearly 200 student chemist volunteers from schools across North Texas will be on hand for the event. Volunteers from Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of North Texas-Health Science Center MSCSO, University of Texas at Arlington, Collin College, Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus, Birdville High School, Fort Worth Country Day, Hebron High School, Southwest Christian School, Trinity Valley School and STEAM Middle School will lead activities with museum guests.
During this activity-packed festival, guests will investigate the interesting world of rocks and minerals, while trying out classic chemistry experiments that deepen their understanding of the intriguing field of geochemistry.
"This is such a great opportunity to show off our school and allow our students to be both ambassadors and educators," McKnight said. Ten FWCD students will participate.
Some of the experiences planned by Fort Worth Country Day during Chemistry Connections include:
- Investigating the nature and origin of the hazard posed by Radon gas.
- Relating geographic area and home design to risk.
- Giving Museum visitors the opportunity to ‘see’ an invisible gas.
All Chemistry Connection activities are included in museum general admission. Chemistry Week at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is sponsored locally by the Alcon Foundation with additional support provided by ZS Pharma and the American Chemical Society.