CU Wizards To Whip Up Fun With Polymers, Foams And Gels

Published: Feb. 18, 1998

University of Colorado Professors Tarek Sammakia and Gordon Yee are sure to whip up some fun Feb. 28 in “Polymers, Foams and Gels,” the next segment of the popular CU Wizards science series for children.

The chemistry and biochemistry professors will perform a variety of demonstrations including making slime, blowing up a hydrogen balloon and dissolving a styrofoam mannequin with nail polish remover.

Preparing to do the show for the third year in a row, the professors offer this tongue-in-cheek warning: “If you sit in the back of the auditorium you will be less likely to be in the line of fire.”

The free show begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Chemistry room 140, on the CU-Boulder campus. The Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry Building is located immediately north of the University Memorial Center, at Broadway and Euclid Avenue.

The program, recommended for children in grades 5 through 9, is the sixth in a series of 10 science shows to be presented during the 1997-98 academic year. The monthly shows are designed to informally introduce students to astronomy, chemistry and physics.

Close-in parking is available for $1.25 in the Euclid Avenue Autopark east of the UMC. Anyone with a disability or special need is asked to notify the physics department at 492-6952 a few days in advance of the show. For general information about the CU Wizards schedule and locations, call 492-4318.

The following shows remain on the 1997-98 CU Wizards schedule:

•March 28, 9:30 a.m., Duane Physics room G-030, Professor Paul Beale of physics, “The Physics of Flight.”

•April 25, 9:30 a.m., Duane Physics room G-030, Professor Dana Anderson of physics and JILA, “Fantastic Light.”

•May 30, 9:30 a.m. Duane Physics room G-030, Professor Jim Faller of physics, JILA and NIST, “The Physics of Music.”

•June 13, 10 a.m., Fiske Planetarium, Professor Katy Garmany of astrophysical and planetary sciences and JILA, “Finding Your Way Around the Sky.”