September 20, 2013
This summer ChBE department members Janet DeGrazia, Hans Funke, Justine Roberts (pictured), and Kyle Kyburz volunteered with the Pinhead Institute (a Smithsonian Affiliate), based in Telluride, Colorado. The Pinhead Institute "Punk Science" demonstrations promote science education locally in rural Colorado. ChBE presenters taught up-and-coming scientists about atomic reactions, chemistry, and physics through kid-friendly experiments such as sugar decomposition, balloon explosions, baking soda/vinegar and Mentos/Coke volcanos, slime/gunk polymer creation, and much more!
At the Pinhead Punk Science course at Telluride High School, post-doc Justine Roberts shows students how to make slime (far left), how to make a smoke bomb (left), and how to liven up a volcano using baking soda and vinegar (above).
Senior Instructor Janet deGrazia demonstrates how to obtain unexpected reactions using some common household items like handiwipes at the Pinhead Punk Science course at Telluride High School.
Associate Professor Adjunct Hans Funke gives a combustion demonstration at the Pinhead Punk Science course.