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Brigham Young U To Host Chem Open Lab Day For Middle, High School Students

Brigham Young University (BYU) will host its third annual Chem Open Lab Day May 9 and 16 in an effort to encourage students in grades 7-12 to pursue an education in chemistry.

Participating students will get the opportunity to experiment with explosives, attend a chemistry magic show, eat liquid nitrogen ice cream and tour a research lab.

Hosted by the BYU chapter of the American Chemical Society, Y-Chem, the event is designed to offer students a hands-on experience in a lab setting.

"Open Lab Day gives our members the opportunity to help younger students find joy in chemistry — the thing that our members love," said Tamara Cassinat, president of Y-Chem, in a prepared statement. "We hope that through their experience, the students see how dynamic and interesting science actually is."

"Helping kids discover the joy of science is important," added Cassinat. "Most students automatically turn off when they learn about the 'hard stuff' like science and math. But if we as a club can help the students that come realize that science is fun and worth the effort, then we are accomplishing something very important."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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