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In the spirit of all things scientific, occasionally explosive and all-around inspirational, the Texas A&M University Department of Chemistry is gearing up to host one sweet educational celebration on the Texas A&M campus.

Texas A&M Chemistry invites science enthusiasts from across the Brazos Valley and the state of Texas to experience the 27th anniversary edition of one of Texas A&M's proudest fall traditions, the Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery, set for Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main Chemistry Building complex.

Visitors are encouraged to start their open house tours by checking in at the "Welcome" tent located at the intersection of Ross and Spence Streets adjacent to the Chemistry Complex to receive a free bag of scientific goodies. A secondary table will be situated in the foyer of the Chemistry Building at the intersection of Ross and Ireland Streets just north of the three red-brick water fountains. Free parking is available in Lot 51 north of the Zachry Engineering Center, with additional paid parking to be found in the Northside Garage.

"The faculty, staff and students in the Department of Chemistry are thrilled to share our love of chemistry with the more than 1,000 children who attend the event," said Dr. Joanna Goodey-Pellois, senior lecturer of chemistry and event organizer. "We hope that the excitement experienced by visitors to the Chemistry Open House will translate into a lifelong interest in science."

The day-long festival will be highlighted by three presentations of the popular Chemistry Road Show (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.) in Room 100 (which is now handicap-accessible) of the main Chemistry Building. The show is recommended for all ages and includes popular science demonstrations, such as fires, explosions, weird polymers and super-cold materials. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and tends to fill up quickly.

Hands-on and polymer as well as computer activities, guided laboratory tours and demonstrations also will be in progress throughout the day as part of the Science Exploration festivities. In addition to faculty, students and staff from the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Biology and Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics as well as several departments within the Dwight Look College of Engineering will be represented. Students from the Texas A&M chapters of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) also will participate.

As part of the celebratory event, the Texas A&M ACS section is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for area K-12 students. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 10. Click here for additional information on contest rules and the official entry form.

The open house is held annually in conjunction with National Chemistry Week, celebrated this year from Oct. 19 to 25 with the theme, The Sweet Side of Chemistry: CANDY!. The event is sponsored in part by VWR Scientific, Hayden-McNeil Publishing, the Texas A&M College of Science, the Texas A&M University-American Chemical Society Local Chapter and the First Year Chemistry Program.

For more information regarding the open house, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/openhouse.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Joanna Goodey-Pellois, (979) 845-7112 or jpellois@mail.chem.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

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