"The Chemistry Open House is a fun and exciting way for the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Chemistry to share their love of chemistry and science in general with the community at large. We hope the day's activities and demonstrations encourage others to learn more about the science that surrounds them in their everyday lives."
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 another edition of one of the most popular educational attractions to be found 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 29th anniversary version of one of Texas A&M's proudest fall traditions, the Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery, set for Saturday, October 15, 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 plaza outside 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.
Watch a recap video from the 2015 Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery on YouTube and see additional photographs on Flickr:
"The Chemistry Open House is a fun and exciting way for the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Chemistry to share their love of chemistry and science in general with the community at large," said Dr. Stephanie A. McCartney, First Year Chemistry Program lecturer and event organizer. "We hope the day's activities and demonstrations encourage others to learn more about the science that surrounds them in their everyday lives."
The day-long festival will be highlighted by four presentations of the popular Chemistry Road Show (9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.) in Room 100 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 the free tickets for seating, which can be obtained at the welcome tent in the water-fountain plaza, are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to go quickly.
The open house is held annually in conjunction with National Chemistry Week, celebrated this year from Oct. 16 to 22 with the theme, Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry focusing on the chemistry of forensics and more. 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.