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Wilmington College Hosts 25th High School Chemistry Night

Students Learn Experiments with Names Like Elephant's Toothpaste, Drippy Faucet and Genie-in-a-Bottle

October 24, 2012

Students conduct an experiment called Elephant's toothpaste that results in a mildly explosive, multicolored reaction.

Students conduct an experiment called Elephant's toothpaste that results in a mildly explosive, multicolored reaction.

STORY AND PHOTO BY VICTORIA BURCHAM

Nearly three-dozen area high school students learned how to prepare experiments with names like Elephant’s Toothpaste, Drippy Faucet and Genie-in-a-Bottle Oct. 24 when Wilmington College held its 25th annual High School Chemistry Night.

High school students from Blanchester, Fayetteville-Perry, East Clinton and Greeneview observed WC chemistry students before conducting the often colorful, sometimes noisy and occasionally pyrotechnic experiments themselves.

“They are able to play with things they normally wouldn’t in high school,” said Dr. Dore Meinholtz, professor of chemistry. “Also, teachers are able to have fun with their students in explaining the different reactions and results of each experiment.”

WC freshman Nina Veite recalls attending High School Chemistry Night as a high school sophomore.

“It showed me that there were other things in chemistry then blowing stuff up,” said Veite, who is majoring in chemistry and biology.

The lab experiments provided a backdrop to the high school students gaining insight into college-level chemistry and what Wilmington College has to offer students interested in pursuing science fields.

First place in the competition went to Group E consisting of Cathy Neville (Fayetteville-Perry), Makayla Shank (Blanchester), Kyle Miller (East Clinton) and Tess Cofrancesco (Fayetteville-Perry) with the experiment of Genie in a Bottle. Second place went to Group A consisting of Mike Mitchell (Fayetteville-Perry), Ethan Wolfer (Fayetteville-Perry), Josh Granu (Blanchester), Ana Hosler (Blanchester), and Monim Qureshi (Greeneview) with the experiment of Elephant’s Toothpaste. Third place went to group B consisting of Danae Johnson (Fayetteville-Perry), Claire Carson (Fayetteville-Perry), Alana Florea (Blanchester), and Zach Alexander (Greeneview) with the experiment of Drippy Faucet.

Teams were scored on scientific explanations, the reaction of elements and other factors involving their experiments.