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Crackle, Fizz, Poof - Chemistry of the Human Body Program

Join Sheryl Mason, Ph.D., a chemistry and biochemistry assistant professor at the University of Mount Union, and her nursing chemistry class at Rodman Library in the Main Auditorium. As part of their college class experience, Mason’s chemistry students, who are nursing majors taking a second semester in chemistry, will present exciting and crackling chemistry demonstrations to children such as “Growling Gummy Bear” and “Shaving Cream in a Vacuum”. Children will have fun with the chance for hands-on opportunities to make slime, remove iron from cereal, and to test the properties of liquid nitrogen while thinking like a medical scientist. Attendees will also enjoy sampling ice cream made using liquid nitrogen. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Mason and her husband, Scott Mason, Ph.D, who also teaches chemistry at UMU, take time each summer to teach science skills to young students at a Mount Union day camp by getting them into a lab setting and helping them think like scientists. The Masons’ hope is to inspire a love of science in children through programs such as these.

The program is open to children of all ages and their families. No registration is needed. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

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Early literacy stations for children

Rodman Public Library has two Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. (AWE) Early Literacy Stations and desks for the Main Children's Department and one station available at the Branch. One bilingual Spanish computer is available at each the Main Library and the Branch. Read more