Discover Marvelous Metals at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History!
Discover Marvelous Metals at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History!

Trinity Valley School students lead chemistry explorations during National Chemistry Week

Did you know that 76% of the periodic table of elements are metals? TVS is joining forces with the American Chemical Society and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to explore these glistening and gleaming elements during Chemistry Connections: National Chemistry Week, October 22 – 26.

Nearly 200 student chemist volunteers from schools across North Texas will be on hand for the event. Volunteers from Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Woman's University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of North Texas-Health Science Center, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, Collin College, Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus, Birdville High School, Fort Worth Country Day, Hebron High School, Southwest Christian School, and Trinity Valley School will lead activities with Museum guests.

"The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History celebrates the wonders of technology, engineering and chemistry every day. However, National Chemistry Week provides the perfect opportunity to really explore that particular science," Museum President Van Romans said. "Most importantly, it connects students with hundreds of chemistry experts and university students in our studios. In that connection, science becomes real and professions become tangible."

During Chemistry Connections 2019, guests will explore the marvelous metals found in the periodic table through hands-on explorations with the metallic substances and classic chemistry experiments. "This event wouldn't be possible without our student volunteers and partners such as The Alcon Foundation and American Chemical Society, dedicated sponsors of National Chemistry Week," said Romans.

Some of the experiences planned for this hands-on, action-packed festival include:

· Build a battery to learn the chemistry behind portable sources of power
· Make amazing art using electrochemistry
· Test the conductivity of different elements and liquids with DIY conductivity testers
· Investigate different redox reactions on the surface of metals
· Watch dull pennies change right before your eyes and examine coins from around the world
· Iron, iron, everywhere-even in our breakfast cereal? We'll search for this element in the foods we eat

TVS students will be at the Museum on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All Chemistry Connection activities are included in Museum exhibit admission. Chemistry Connections at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is sponsored locally by the Alcon Foundation. Additional support provided by the American Chemical Society.