Exploring the wonders of chemistry

What is Cool Chemistry?

Cool Chemistry is an opportunity for girls in 7th and 8th grades to explore the wonders of chemistry with the Chemistry Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering.

When is it?

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 2018, exact date TBD [registration required (see below) and lunch provided]

Where do we go?

Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis (located on the Northrop Mall on the University's East Bank campus)

What is the cost?

$10, with scholarships available

What will we do?

You will participate in interactive workshops, watch explosive demonstrations, and learn new skills that you can take home to wow and amaze your friends and neighbors. Workshops include:

  • Fantastic Plastic!—Learn about the chemistry behind polymers. They are in everything from plastics to bullet-proof vests, nylon, superglue, diapers, and flexible keyboards. We will talk about where plastics come from and what plastics can do, and you will make some of your own to take home.
  • Bubbles and Glow—Have you ever wondered what makes a glow stick glow? Or why bath bubbles fizz? Learn about these reactions and how temperatures and pH can change them. You will make bath bubbles and play with glow sticks while learning about organic chemistry.
  • Energy—Using oil for energy is simply not good enough anymore! The world needs new sources of energy that do not destroy our environment. Scientists are solving this problem by finding ways to use sunlight as an energy source. You will make solar cells,  conduct reactions with hydrogen peroxide and learn how these may help solve the global energy problems.

Who sponsors Cool Chemistry?

Cool Chemistry 2017 was funded by these generous organizations:

  • University of Minnesota Women's Center Office for Equity and Diversity
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Watkins & Associates
  • Papa John's
  • WuXi
  • Corning

Flyer & Forms

Smith Hall


    • Cool Chemistry
    • University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis MN 55455
    • Letitia Yao, Ph.D., Cool Chemistry Coordinator
    • wisechem@umn.edu
    • (612) 625-8374