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Science Saturday to blend art, chemistry for aspiring scientists
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Stanislaus State is offering a free Science Saturday event for sixth and seventh graders on Oct. 17. The focus will be on how chemistry is in everyday life through colorful experiments. - photo by Photo Contributed

Stanislaus State will kick off National Chemistry Week by teaching sixth and seventh graders that the wonders of science are not only discoverable in the confines of a laboratory.

During the university’s free Science Saturday event, Stanislaus State professors and chemistry students will show local students just how prevalent chemistry is in everyday life and how “Chemistry Colors Our World” through natural dyes and colorful experiments.

 “The goal of this event is to build awareness of chemistry and to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life by participating in a real laboratory experience,” said chemistry professor Elvin Alemán. “This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about chemistry and to interact with undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in chemistry.”

Hosted by chemistry professors Alemán, Michael Drake, Shane Phillips, as well as students in the Warrior Chemistry Club, this event will teach sixth and seventh graders how to extract and synthesize colors, create colorful paints and create a masterpiece with their own paint.

 “I strongly believe that these types of events will encourage more young students to pursue undergraduate studies and careers in the STEM fields,” said Alemán. “The interaction with undergraduate students currently enrolled in chemistry courses will also help them to understand firsthand the importance of their pre-college preparation in math and science.”

The Science Saturday “Chemistry Colors Our World” event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 on the third floor of the Naraghi Hall of Science at Stanislaus State. Although the event is free, seating is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to make a reservation by calling 667-3311.